Huawei is taking an increasingly forceful position against critics who state it has connections to the Chinese government, as per Bloomberg and French investigation site La Lettre A. The telecom giant has recorded three defamation suits in France against a French researcher, broadcast columnist and wireless network expert, every one of whom made remarks on various TV programs. Huawei has affirmed that the cases were filed back in March.
Huawei said it’s just suing over cases that it is controlled by the Chinese state and that is utilizing its expertise to commit acts of surveillance. “These statements are false,” it added. The claims come at a delicate time, however, as France recently enacted new legislation dubbed the “Huawei Law.” That will permit any organization including Huawei to offer on 5G infrastructure in France, yet will likewise give the government capacity to endorse or dismiss them dependent on national security suggestions.
The US government has been pressuring EU partners to avoid Huawei from building 5G infrastructure. While France has supported that by permitting Huawei to offer while maintaining whatever authority is needed to dismiss it, Germany has said that it will permit Huawei to assemble and get to its 5G systems. The US has told both Germany and Canada that it might curtail access to intelligence information if Huawei is permitted in.
Huawei has sued the US government for prohibiting its hardware from 5G networks in the US, yet utilizing the courts against critics has all the earmarks of being another strategy. The US government claim hasn’t prevented delegates from repeating claims that Huawei would be compelled to hand over information to the Chinese government whenever inquired.
Huawei didn’t sue broadcast networks, including TF1 and France 5, saying it wasn’t attempting to assault the freedom of the press.