Huawei is taking on U.S. officials in court—and in the court of public opinion.
The U.S. Commerce Department has put the Chinese telecom giant on a list of organizations deemed to pose a risk to national security. The designation bars them from receiving technology or information from U.S. companies unless it’s specifically approved by U.S. authorities.
After Huawei was placed on the list, major companies including Google cut ties with it, and some countries have walked back plans to introduce its products.
Huawei, the world’s largest telecoms network gear maker, has repeatedly denied it is controlled by the Chinese government, military or intelligence services.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo kept up pressure on Huawei on Wednesday.
“Huawei is an instrument of the Chinese government,” Pompeo said in an interview with Fox Business Network. “They’re deeply connected. It’s something that’s hard for Americans to understand.”