Huawei prepares law suit against the US

Following months of unrest and legal disputes, the Chinese telecommunications giant is allegedly preparing to sue the US government over its decision to ban federal agencies from using its equipment

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Huawei is allegedly preparing to sue the US government for banning federal agencies from using the Chinese telecommunication giant's network equipment, according to a report from The New York Times.

The legal battle between the US and Huawei has been ongoing for several months, beginning when Huawei requested a hearing from the US FTC following the FCC's decision to use federal funds to purchase Huawei networking equipment in July 2018. This restriction followed at least five overt government actions since 2010 that restricted US sales of Huawei products.

The US government has since advised its allies to ban the firm from using its technology to create a 5G network in their countries over concerns that Huawei could be using its equipment to aid Chinese espionage.

China's 2017 National Intelligence Law states that Chinese organizations must "support, cooperate with and collaborate in national intelligence work", a clause which has caused mass concern among governments working with the company. As a result, Germany has pressured Huawei to guarantee it will keep data secure; Australia, New Zealand and Japan have all banned Huawei as a wireless network provider altogether; and the UK is currently debating its decision to involve the firm in setting up 5G in the country.

The company is reportedly preparing to take the US government to a court in Texas, where Huawei has its US headquarters.

Ren Zhengfei, founder of Huawei, recently told the BBC: "There's no way the US can crush us. The world cannot leave us because we are more advanced. Even if they persuade more countries not to use us temporarily, we can always scale things down a bit."

The company has declined to comment on the reports but has invited a number of international publications to a press conference in Shenzhen on March 7.

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