Huawei founder denies spying for China

Huawei founder denies spying for China

Huawei has also found support from the Chinese government amid a backlash from western countries. Ltd., broke years of public silence to dismiss USA accusations the telecoms giant helps Beijing spy on Western governments.

"Trump is a great president".

Ren Zhengfei, the reclusive founder of Huawei, has used his first major public appearance since 2015 to refute allegations of espionage.

Speaking about the US-China trade war, Ren said Huawei was just a "sesame seed" in the middle of the conflict.

During the interview, Ren also put in some words for his daughter, Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who was infamously arrested in December in Vancouver at the request of authorities in the United States where she is wanted for violating Iran sanctions. "The threat to Huawei's European business is real and it is understandably responding to it. Ren's public comments today show how seriously he views the situation". Meng's arrest helped crystallize fears about its growing clout in areas from cutting-edge wireless infrastructure and semiconductors to consumer gadgets. In the U.S.in particular, Huawei networking equipment and smartphones are essentially non-existent.

"I love my country, I support the Communist Party. But I will not do anything to harm the world", said Ren.

"I don't see a close connection between my personal political beliefs and our commercial decisions", he said.

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Ren cited comments by Chinese government spokespeople who rejected suggestions, including by a vice president of the European Union, that Huawei and other vendors might be required to install secret "backdoors" to facilitate eavesdropping under a law enacted previous year that requires them to cooperate with intelligence agencies.

Ren explained that no government ever requested the company to share what he described as "improper information", once again emphasizing that spying accusations are false.

Despite the potential impact on his business, Ren said he was confident Huawei's revenue would grow to US$125-billion in 2019 from more than US$100 billion a year ago. The 74-year-old also etched out time to heap praise on Trump, who is now waging a prolonged tariff war against the Chinese government. She faces extradition to the US.

As for the case in Canada Ren said he couldn't discuss Meng's case while it still was before a court.

Last week, one of its sales executives was arrested in Poland, where the authorities have accused him of spying. The employee in Poland was sacked over the weekend.

Publicly owned companies care more about a "beautiful balance sheet" while Huawei is focused on a "strong industry structure", he said.

"If we are not allowed to sell our products in certain markets, we would rather scale down a bit". The US has long alleged that Huawei's smartphones come pre-installed with backdoors that siphon off users' confidential information and send it back to China. Huawei bringing out "the big guns" in the form of Zhengfei - a legendary figure in both Chinese business and China at large - illuminates how seriously the company is planning on fixing its image in 2019.

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