Chinese Huawei Technologies will challenge the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision, which recognized the company as a threat to U.S. national security.
Huawei filed a relevant lawsuit in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Monday, February 8. The Chinese company demanded a review of the FCC decisions. The company was recognized as a threat to U.S. national security, and FCC blocked American telecommunications operators from purchasing Huawei equipment.
Huawei's lawsuit said the FCC's ruling in December exceeded its authority and was "arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion, and not supported by substantial evidence."
At the same time, the FCC considers their decision to be legal and declares that they will continue to defend it.
Last year the FCC issued a final designation identifying Huawei as a national security threat based on a substantial body of evidence developed by the FCC and numerous U.S. national security agencies. We will continue to defend that decision," the press secretary of the commission commented.
As the WSJ notes, the lawsuit was the latest challenge Huawei to numerous U.S. authorities' actions, which have increased pressure on the company in recent years. Former President Donald Trump's administration, has blocked the company's access to American technology and tried to convince allies that Huawei's telecommunications equipment poses a threat to national security.
Recall that in May 2019, the United States blacklisted Huawei, restricting its activities in the American market and banning American government agencies from using Huawei equipment. In May last year, the sanctions against Huawei were extended for another year.
In July of this year, the FCC declared Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE as national security threats.