Huawei announced today that a number of telecom equipment that was unlawfully detained two years ago have been returned. Huawei’s subsidiary has withdrawn several lawsuits against multiple departments including the US Department of Commerce. In response to this incident, Huawei stated that the practice of returning equipment to the US confirms the illegality and arbitrariness of its actions. Huawei said that this deduction was a manifestation of a series of unfair actions by the US government against Huawei. Recall that the US customs seized some of Huawei’s equipment and transferred them to the US Department of Commerce.
The equipment includes Huawei’s Ethernet switches and servers. After testing in California in September 2017, these equipments were to go back to China. However, the equipment was seized by the US Department of Commerce on the grounds that it may violate the US export control law.
As the last line of action, the Chinese manufacturer initiated proceedings at a US District Court. In August, the US government finally verified that the batch of equipment did not require an export license. Huawei did not violate the US export control law in the process of equipment, hence the return of the equipment. It is actually not wrong for the US government to investigate the equipment, but for two years? That’s not fair.