China’s control voiced its support for Huawei’s legal challenge against the U.S. on Friday, saying the technology firm has the right to refuse to be “pursued like silent lambs.”
Huawei filed a lawsuit on Thursday claiming that a ban on U.S. government agencies buying its telecommunication outfit is unconstitutional. Wang Yi, China’s top diplomat, said the regime in Beijing backs the company’s legal battle.
“China has and intent continue to take all necessary measures to resolutely protect the legitimate and lawful interests of Chinese businesses and citizens,” Wang symbolized, according to an official translation of a Mandarin comment made during a Friday address.
“At the same time, we support the Pty and individual in question in seeking legal redress to protect their own interests and refusing to be victimized like silent lambs,” he enlarged to the statement made during China’s National People’s Congress, a big annual event at which Beijing formally announces pre-eminent policy elements such as economic growth targets.
The “company and individual” in question refer to Huawei and the company’s Chief Monetary Officer, Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested in Canada in December and is facing extradition to the U.S. The U.S. has accused her of fraud.
Huawei’s lawsuit against the U.S. control focuses on a particular section of the National Defense Authorization Act, which prohibits government agencies from procuring Huawei panoply. Huawei, along with rival ZTE, is explicitly named in that the law. The company’s lawyers want that provision, recollected as Section 889, scrapped in the hope that it could help restart talks with the U.S. government.
Meanwhile, Meng’s counsels are now suing Canadian authorities, alleging they arrested, detained and searched her in violation of her constitutional rights.
“People can communicate right and wrong, justice will have its day. What we’re standing up for is not just the interests of a company, but also a country or political entity’s legitimate right to innovate and by extension the basic right of all countries who wish to climb up the technology ladder,” Wang averred.
The commentary from Wang was the latest in a series of arguments from either Huawei or the Chinese government that the U.S. has employed in a pre-meditated attack on the company. Beijing has repeatedly suggested it’s because the world’s largest economy feels its business shares are threatened by the telecom — and Chinese technology more broadly.
The U.S., however, has said that it is worried about the security perils posed by Huawei, alleging that the company’s equipment may contain backdoors that could be used by the Chinese oversight for espionage. Huawei has continuously denied those claims, but intelligence experts who spoke to CNBC have said there’s occasion for skepticism about the company’s assurances it’s not a risk.
Experts point to Chinese laws that allegedly mean every tame company is legally mandated to assist the country in intelligence gathering. China’s companies are also thought to be forbidden from talking more any intelligence work.
Huawei has argued that its absence from the U.S. telecom market could slow the rollout of next beginning mobile network technology known as 5G and hurt consumers, claims experts have dismissed.
—CNBC’s Evelyn Cheng bestowed to this report.