Huawei Sues US Gov’t Over Seized Equipment, Trump Admin Could Ban 5G Technology Made in China

Huawei has filed a new lawsuit against the U.S. government for seizing equipment, as reports claim that the Trump Administration could require 5G equipment to be manufactured outside of China.
Huawei has filed a lawsuit against the United States Commerce Department, claiming that it stole equipment from the Chinese tech giant two years ago—and still has not given it back.
The conflict dates back to 2017, and it involves several pieces of Huawei equipment that were being tested at an independent facility in California. After the testing was done, that equipment was supposed to be sent back to China, but instead, it was intercepted and seized by the US in Anchorage, Alaska, despite claims from Huawei that it complied with all necessary export regulations.
According to the lawsuit, the US government seized the shipment to investigate whether it required additional licenses before being exported to China. Huawei claimed it provided all of the necessary information that was requested, but the US has yet to comply, and the equipment remains in Alaska to this day.
This comes as FedEx issues an apology for returning a package containing a Huawei phone. The company claims it was an operational mistake, but it is already being investigated by Huawei for re-routing packages sent by the tech giant last month.
China has warned that it is also creating an Unreliable Entities List, similar to the one used by the US, which will include companies, organizations and individuals that pose a national security risk to China. The latest mistakes by FedEx have raised fears that it could be on that list, but a spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry said that the focus should be on the US government.
A new report claims the Trump Administration could soon require that next-generation 5G technology be made outside of China, in order to be allowed in the US. It states that as part of President’s Trump executive order requiring a 150-day review of Huawei, officials will ask telecom companies if they can develop products outside of China—and at what cost. 
Meanwhile, the US added another 5 Chinese tech organizations to its trade blacklist on Friday, claiming that, as with Huawei, they pose a significant risk to national security, and do not align with the foreign policy interests of the United States.
The decision was made days before Trump is set to meet with Chinese leaders at the annual G20 summit in Japan. And it has sparks concerned that the increased pressure from the US could ruin hopes of an end to the ongoing trade war between the two countries.

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Rachel Blevins is a journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives.

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