Huawei founder says 'there's no way the USA can crush us'

Huawei founder says 'there's no way the USA can crush us'

Talking about the United Kingdom and the possible ban in the country, Zhengfei said that won't discourage the company from investing further in the UK.

Speaking to the BBC, Ren discussed the United States campaign against Huawei, the arrest of his daughter in Canada, and the potential ban in the UK, among other things.

The US Justice Department has said that the arrest of Meng Wanzhou was "based exclusively on the evidence and the law" and that it is "free of any political interference".

The founder of Huawei said there is "no way the US can crush" the tech giant, calling the December arrest of his daughter - the company's chief financial officer - "politically motivated".

But Ren, 74, also denounced as "politically motivated" the December arrest of his daughter, Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, who is accused of violating United States sanctions against Iran and faces an extradition hearing in Canada next month.

"Even if they persuade more countries not to use us temporarily, we can always downsize and become smaller".

"We object to this", he said.

On Saturday, US Vice President Mike Pence told a security conference in Munich that the Chinese government requires Huawei and other Chinese telecommunications firms to give it access to any data that goes through their networks.

"There's no way the USA can crush us", he said, pointing to other markets that rely on Huawei's hardware and what he described as the company's superior products.

"There's no way the United States can crush us", he told BBC "The world cannot leave us because we are more advanced. Even if they persuade more countries not to use us temporarily, we can always scale things down a bit", Huawei's founder said.

"We still trust in the United Kingdom, and we hope that the United Kingdom will trust us even more".

Many of UK's mobile companies, including Vodafone, EE and Three, are working with Huawei to develop their 5G networks. More substantially, the firm says that it will never collaborate with the Chinese government.

"The Chinese government has already clearly said that it won't install any backdoors".

He also slammed the U.S. for the arrest of his daughter on 1 December in Vancouver and 23 charges brought against her, including the charges of alleged attempted theft and trading the secrets. Ren has denied accusations Huawei helps spy for Beijing, saying he would never hurt his customers.

Huawei has been under considerable pressure from the USA, which has been convincing allies in Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand to not use the company's 5G equipment due to security concerns. "And we won't install backdoors either".

Commenting on the spying concerns, the Huawei founder reiterated that the company will "never undertake" any spying activities. "If we have any such actions, then I'll shut down the company".

For a man known as reclusive and secretive, Ren Zhengfei seemed confident, nearly cocky in the conviction that the business he's built for the last 30 years can withstand the scrutiny from Western governments. China, by contrast, has accused the governments of fabricating stories about Huawei.

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