Equipment seizure, Huawei drops the lawsuit against the US Department of Commerce

11/09/2019

 

In September 2017, the US Department of Commerce and several other US government agencies seized Huawei’s telecommunications equipment. In June, with the escalation of tension between Huawei and the US, the Chinese company filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Commerce

 

 

This is probably a move to reduce the tension between Huawei and the United States. In fact, the Chinese company has dropped the complaint against the US Department of Commerce, accused of illegally seizing Huawei’s telecommunications equipment.

The move, by Huawei Technologies USA Inc., comes after the US Department of Commerce has restocked the goods. An admission of the illegal nature of the seizure, according to the Chinese telecommunications company.

 

According to Huawei, the sanctions imposed by the United States against the company are unjustified

 

“After a prolonged and unexplained seizure, Huawei has decided to drop the case after the US government returned the equipment, which Huawei views as a tacit admission that the seizure itself was unlawful and arbitrary,” Huawei said in a statement.

“This case was cited among a series of concerns the company recently enumerated with regard to inappropriate and unjustified actions against Huawei by the US government,” Huawei continued.

 

The reason that pushed Huawei to the cause was the inability of the United States to provide any explanation for the seizure of the goods

 

In its report, Huawei claims that the equipment seized in September 2017 should have been “shipped back to China after commercial testing and certification at a laboratory in California in September 2017″

Song Liuping, Huawei‘s Chief Legal Officer, commented: “Arbitrary and unlawful government actions like this – detaining property without cause or explanation – should serve as a cautionary tale for all companies doing normal business in the United States, and should be subject to legal constraints”.

The news, of course, takes on a completely different nature if we consider the climate of economic tension that exists between China and the United States and the harsh attack that the Chinese company has suffered from the United States.

 

Huawei lost its license to use the complete Android operating system, following Google’s decision to suspend its partnership with the Chinese technology giant due to provisions imposed by the US government against Chinese companies

 

On May 15, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to give the government the power to prevent US companies from buying telecommunications equipment produced by those countries that pose a threat to national security.

In particular, this provision is addressed to the Dragon’s enterprises, especially Huawei, which is under Trump’s radar for some time now. This news could confirm that already in 2017 the United States was trying to hinder the Chinese company, without providing explanations.

 

 

 

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