Huawei: US Blacklist Will Harm Billions of Consumers

Huawei: US Blacklist Will Harm Billions of Consumers

A US move to put Huawei on a trade blacklist “sets a dangerous precedent” that will harm billions of consumers, the firm’s top legal officer said.

Speaking at a press conference, Song Liuping the trade ban would also “directly harm” American companies and impact of jobs.

Washington recently added Huawei to a list of companies that US firms cannot trade with unless they have a license.

The trade ban is part of a broader battle between the US and Huawei.

Washington has encouraged blocking the Chinese company, the world’s largest maker of telecoms equipment, on national security concerns.

Huawei has constantly denied claims the use of its products presents security risks, and says it is independent from the Chinese government.

“Politicians are using the strength of an entire nation to come after a private company, in the US” Mr. Song said.

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“This decision of dangerous to harm our customers in over 170 countries, including more than three billion consumers who use Huawei products and services around the world.”

“By preventing American companies doing business with Huawei, the government will directly harm more than 1,200 US companies. This will affects tens of thousands of American jobs.”

‘No smoke, only speculation’

Speaking to reporters in Shenzhen, Mr. Song also bounded steps that Huawei had taken in relation to a lawsuit it filed against the US government in March.

The case relates to boundaries that prevent US federal agencies from using Huawei products.

The firm said it has filed a motion for a “summary judgment”, asking US courts to speed up the process to “halt illegal action against the company”.

“The US government was not provided evidence to show that Huawei is a security threat. There is no gun, no smoke. Only speculation,” Mr. Song said.

A hearing on the speed has been set for 19 September.

Analysis: Robin Brant, BBC News, Shenzhen

Sitting up on a stage, in a big theatre-like room at its headquarter; there was talk from the Huawei executives of America’s rural and “poorer” customers who deserve “equitable access” to good broadband.

Billions of customers are facing the dangerous of having their welfare “spoiled” apparently, so the firm wants to speed things up.

The other reason of course is that the attack from the Trump administration is biting.

Security fears

That time, the US has led other countries in blocking the use of Huawei products over concerns that the Chinese government could use the firm to conduct surveillance.

The Chinese firm has convert into a central part of a wider US-China conflict, which has primarily played out through a trade war.

US President Donald Trump has, sought to link the two, saying recently that Huawei could be part of a trade deal between the US and China.

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