U.S. decision to put Huawei on a trade blacklist will harm billions of consumers, Huawei’s legal officer, Song Liuping said in a statement. The trade blacklist “sets a dangerous precedent” that would directly harm American businesses and affects jobs.
The U.S. recently added Huawei to a list of companies, which can’t trade with U.S. firms unless they have a license. The trade ban is a result of U.S. China trade war and the country’s legal allegations over Huawei, on national security concerns.
Although Huawei has repeatedly denied the allegations — the use of its products are independent and is free from the Chinese government.
Liuping speaking at a press conference said “the decision to put Huawei, the world’s second largest smartphone maker on the trade blacklist would have far-reaching implications. Moreover, the move has threatened to harm our customers in over 170 countries, counting more than three billion consumers who use our products and services around the world.” He added, “By preventing their companies from doing business with us, the government will directly harm more than 1,200 US companies. This will also result in tens of thousands of American jobs.”
Speaking to reporters in Shenzhen, Liuping also outlined steps that Huawei had taken in relation to a lawsuit it filed against the US government in March. The case relates to restrictions that prevent US federal agencies from using Huawei products. The company has also filed a motion for a “summary judgment,” asking U.S. government to speed up the process to “halt illegal action against Huawei.”
“The US government has provided no evidence that signifies Huawei is a security threat to the U.S. government. There is no gun, no smoke but only speculation,” Liuping said. A hearing on the motion is set for 19 September.
In recent months, the U.S. government has pressurized other countries to not use Huawei products over concerns that the Chinese government could use the firm to conduct surveillance. Huawei has become a central part of a wider US-China conflict, which has primarily played out through a trade war.