Xiaomi's 'arbitrary and capricious' U.S. ban temporarily halted
What you need to know
- Xiaomi faced a U.S. blacklist in early January as the outgoing Trump administration branded them a military-affiliated company
- A challenge was levied against the move in federal court, with a Judge returning a victory for the Chinese company in March.
- Xiaomi continues to fight for a full reversal of the ban.
Earlier this year, Xiaomi was placed under new restrictions by the outgoing Trump administration. The company was alleged to be part of the "Communist Chinese military", and those restrictions forbade American companies from investing in them.
Xiaomi immediately moved to challenge the ban, and now the company's efforts have borne fruit.
Bloomberg reported on the case's outcome, saying:
Contreras also dismissed the security concerns, saying that he was "somewhat skeptical that weighty national security interests are actually implicated here."
When the restrictions had first come into place, Xiaomi had defended itself, delivering the following statement to Android Central.
The U.S. ban followed similar scrutiny placed on software companies like TikTok and WeChat, with the same nebulous security concerns being cited — albeit being dismissed by the Biden adminstration. Xiaomi says it'll continue to fight for the full reversal of the restrictions, issuing the following statement to Android Central:
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