This is not the first time U.S. politicians have stooped to mudslinging to prevent the entry of Chinese high-tech companies into the U.S. market on the pretext they pose national security threats.
The dispute stems from earlier filings by the company in 2016, in both China and the USA, that deal with 20 patents pertaining to wireless communication, operating systems and UI elements. The letter, signed by 18 members of the House and Senate intelligence panels, expressed concerns first voiced in 2013 by congressional investigators. A copy of the letter was seen by Reuters.
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro will still be available as an unlocked device in the United States, and it's going to be up for preorder starting on February 4 and hit the shelves on February 18 with a $799 price tag.
This isn't the first time USA politicians have suspected Huawei of being a security threat, though they have never offered proof in public.
"We are compliant with the world's most stringent privacy protection frameworks and requirements and have gained the trust of over 150 million customers in the past year alone", Plummer said in an email. As a result of its lack of deals with any major carriers, Huawei has an insignificant market share in the USA, the world's second-largest market after only China. According to the Wall Street Journal, AT&T pulled out of the deal at the last minute due to concerns relating to Huawei's ties with the Chinese government.
The refusal is the latest example of a Chinese company struggling to develop its U.S. business. Censorship of various USA platforms - think Twitter, Facebook and Google - also helped to provide a useful vacuum for local players to thrive.
"Chinese commercial technology is a vehicle for the Chinese government to spy on United States federal agencies, posing a severe national security threat", Conaway said in a statement.
The success of this deal would have rocketed Huawei to tech stardom, as they're already the third largest smartphone vendor in the world. It was launched in Europe in October with a price tag of 799 euros ($955).
Chinese mobile technology giant Huawei is preparing to advertise during the Super Bowl 2018.