On Friday, Chinese tech giant Huawei filed a civil lawsuit against the U.S., claiming that the Department of Commerce had mishandled equipment from the company it took in 2017.
The complaint alleges that the U.S. government took several parts of hardware delivered to China from an independent U.S. test plant in an attempt to determine whether the products were subject to export checks.
Huawei argues that it provided the required documents to the officials to address the problem and that such conflicts can typically be resolved within 45 days. Nearly two years after, the company says it thinks its technology is still kept in Alaska.
The tech behemoth is requesting the court to order the Department of Commerce to determine if the products fell within the bounds of export controls and if not release the equipment. It seeks no financial damages.
Last month, the organization announced it had added Huawei to its “Entity List,” which virtually prevents the business from purchasing American companies ‘ parts without explicit U.S. government permission. President Trump also issued an executive order stating a “domestic emergency” that empowers the White House to bar overseas tech firms from doing company in the United States considered safety threats.
Huawei, the world’s second-largest smartphone brand, rejected allegations it’s working with the Communist Party. The company stands to lose $30 billion over the trade constraints over two years.
In retribution for the blacklist of the administration, China announced last month that it would set up an “unreliable entity list” of overseas firms and people “severely damaging” Chinese firms.