The Chinese telecom giant Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei hits back at the effort of the United States, which is to blacklist the company, saying that the world cannot survive without Huawei and its ‘more advanced’ technology.
During an interview, Ren Zhengfei confidently said that “there is no way the US can crush us.”
“The world cannot leave us because we are more advanced,” added the Huawei’s founder.
74-years-old Ren also denounced as ‘politically motivated’ after the arrest of his daughter in last December. Ren’s daughter, Meng Wanzhou is the company’s Chief Financial Officer, accused of violating US sanctions against Iran.
“But now that we’ve gone down this path, we’ll let the courts settle it,” said the Huawei’s founder.
Ren has been forced to step into focus in recent months as Huawei has come under increasing pressure over surveillance concerns and the US-led campaign to influence other nations to ban its technology.
In 2018, security concerns have prompted Australia to restrict the company’s equipment from its future 5G network.
New Zealand has also restricted from using Huawei technology for the forthcoming network, while Czech Republic has excluded it from $22 million (EUR 20 million) tender to develop a tax portal.
US prosecutors have also charged Huawei with trade secrets theft, claims it offered rewards to employees for theft of technology from other rivals.
Ren Zhengfei has shrugged off the ongoing pressure.
“If the lights go out in the West, the East will still shine,” said Ren, adding that “America doesn’t represent the world.”
He also said that “even if they persuade more countries not to use us temporarily, we can always downsize and become smaller.”