Huawei USA security chief suggests company could be open to 'mitigation measures' in US dispute

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One of Huawei’s booths at MWC Barcelona 2019.

Elizabeth Schulze | CNBC

Huawei Technologies USA Chief Security Officer Andy Purdy joined CNBC on Wednesday.

Purdy’s appearance, along with Huawei outside counsel Glen Nager of Jones Day, comes as the China-based telecom giant looks to expedite its March lawsuit against the U.S., which alleges an American law banning government agencies from buying the company’s equipment is unconstitutional. Huawei is seeking a summary judgment in hopes of avoiding a full-blown trial.

The new Huawei filing stems from President Donald Trump’s signing last year of a new U.S. defense act that strengthens the Committee on Foreign Investment.

With the U.S. stepping up pressure against Huawei — as part of trade and technology tensions with China — Trump earlier this month effectively blacklisted Huawei from doing business in the United States.

“The addition of Huawei to the [black list] is a dangerous move because they have disregarded facts and evidence,” Song Liuping, Huawei’s chief legal officer, told CNBC in Mandarin. “It is speculation and political reasons. Based on speculation and political reasons without facts and evidence, they have imposed the most severe sanction on a company.”

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