Huawei is suing the United States government

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Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd on Thursday (March 7) said it is suing the USA government over a section of a defence bill passed into law previous year that restricted its business in the United States.

The complaint, filed in Plano, Texas, the headquarters of Huawei's U.S. operations, cites the framers of the U.S. Constitution, including Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, in arguing that the law in question violates the constitutional separation of powers, denies due process and amounts to a "Bill of Attainder" that singles out a specific entity for adverse treatment.

Guo said the United States government had "mislead the American public" regarding Huawei and "never presented evidence" regarding its allegations against the company.

But legal experts at global law firms who asked not to be identified said those laws do spell out how the government can compel telecommunications companies to open their systems for snooping.

By hiding Skycom's connection to Huawei, Meng is accused of personally misleading USA banks into clearing cash connected with transactions between the two companies. The US government "has hacked our servers and stolen our e-mails and source code", he said at the news conference.

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei later said Meng's arrest was politically motivated and "not acceptable".

While Huawei had very little share of the United States market before the bill, it is the world's biggest telecoms gear-maker and is seeking to be at the forefront of a global rollout of fifth-generation (5G) mobile networks and services.

"Huawei Australia is a $650 million business and our 700 employees continue to serve half the Australian population with safe and secure technology", they added.

The US has also been lobbying allies to shun Huawei equipment on national security grounds.

Huawei just upped the ante in its fight with the United States over its telecommunication devices.

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This week the company gave news organisations a tightly guarded tour of its massive production lines and R&D facilities in southern Guangdong province.

Huawei, China's first global tech brand, is at the centre of U.S.

Trump has said he'd intervene in the case if that helped secure a trade deal with Beijing.

One of Canada's largest grain processors has been blocked from exporting canola to China, and two Canadians detained by Beijing were accused of spying in a recent state media report.

Ms Meng faces a May 8 hearing in Vancouver, where she was arrested while changing planes.

"Huawei has not and will never implant 'back doors, ' " said Guo, the chairman.

Some legal experts, however, said Huawei's lawsuit is likely to be dismissed because USA courts are reluctant to second-guess national security determinations by other branches of government. The White House had no comment in response to the lawsuit as we went to press.

Much of the US concern is rooted in fears that China, through Huawei, may export the high-tech security state that is accelerating under President Xi Jinping.

Huawei's USA headquarters are in Plano, Texas.

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