In the last days of his reign, the administration of former US President Donald Trump (Donald Trump) included Xiaomi in the list of companies allegedly associated with the Chinese military. This led to financial restrictions that were due to take effect next week. But Xiaomi was not afraid and went to court. And yesterday, US District Judge Rudolph Contreras backed the Chinese company and banned the Department of Defense from restricting US investment. True, the ban is only temporarily suspended, but according to the judge, Xiaomi is likely to win a complete lifting of the ban as the lawsuit progresses.
Xiaomi’s lawsuit says the Trump administration’s decision was «arbitrary and capricious» and deprived the company of its due process rights.
The judge upheld the lawsuit and said: «The court is somewhat skeptical that there is in fact a serious national security interest at stake.»
Updated. Xiaomi released an official statement following the court ruling, which said: “Xiaomi once again emphasizes that it is a public and independent company that manufactures consumer electronics exclusively for civilian and commercial use. Xiaomi considers the decision to add it to the SSMS list excessive and pretentious, and the judge I agree with this. The company will demand that the court find this decision illegal and remove the company from the list on a permanent basis»