Huawei to continue challenging constitutionality of U.S. ban

Huawei Technologies. [PHOTO CREDIT: The Sun Nigeria]
Huawei Technologies. [PHOTO CREDIT: The Sun Nigeria]

China’s tech giant Huawei, on Thursday said it would continue to challenge the constitutionality of the latest U.S. ban on agencies from purchasing the company’s telecom gears.

The U.S. government on Wednesday issued an interim regulation, prohibiting its federal agencies from purchasing telecommunications equipment and services from five Chinese companies, including Huawei, according to an official website run by the General Services Administration, the U.S. government agency responsible for contracting.

In a media statement, the Shenzhen based company called the action not unexpected as it is the continued promulgation of the rules laid out by the National Defense Administration Act (NDAA) of 2019.

The NDAA, signed by President Donald Trump in 2018, included a ban on U.S. government agencies and those receiving federal grants and loans from doing business with Huawei and companies substantially using Huawei products.

“The NDAA law and its implementing provisions will do nothing to ensure the protection of U.S. telecom networks and systems and rather is a trade barrier based on country of origin,” the company said.

Huawei said it will continue to challenge the constitutionality of the ban in the U.S Federal court.

“Ultimately, it will be rural citizens across the U.S that will be most negatively impacted as the networks they use for digital connectivity rely on Huawei,’’ the company said.

On May 27, Song Liuping, Huawei’s chief legal officer, wrote in an opinion article in the Wall Street Journal that Huawei had sued and would file a motion for summary judgment asking a U.S. court to declare the NDAA law unconstitutional.

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(Xinhua/NAN)

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