FxWirePro: Amid western sanctions Huawei chief denies spying for China

Huawei founder denies spying for China in rare interview

Huawei founder denies spying for China in rare interview

Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of Huawei, gestures during a round table meeting with the media in Shenzhen city, south China's Guangdong province, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. He stressed that Huawei has never leaked customer information or received any request to provide illegal information to the government.

"I don't see a close connection between my personal political beliefs and the businesses of Huawei", he added.

Recently, Huawei has been attempting to expand overseas but has found some of its efforts thwarted by nervous governments.

Since previous year, the us government has asked several allies, including Australia, Canada and South Korea, to ban Huawei hardware and services in their countries.

Orange is not a customer of Huawei in its home market, but the Chinese company does supply its overseas networks and says it expects to be involved in rolling out their 5G networks. Norway is reported to be mulling doing the same.

Ren's daughter is Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested in Canada at the behest of United States authorities in December.

Ren Zhengfei told the media he misses his daughter very much. But he said Huawei obeys the law, including export restrictions, wherever it operates.Ren expressed gratitude to Canadian justice officials for their treatment of Meng, who was released on bail and is staying in a house in Vancouver.

Huawei's 74-year-old founder also praised President Trump as a "great president" - despite being blocked from selling its equipment to the US for many years.

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Huawei is one of China's most important technology companies. "He dares to massively cut taxes, which will benefit business", Ren said at the roundtable with reporters. Ren said no government entity or any other investor who isn't a current or former employee owns "once cent of Huawei shares".

However, he did note that China's ongoing trade war with the United States has not had a dramatic effect on Huawei, with the company forecasting 20% revenue growth for this year. "It is controlled by telecom operators, not by Huawei", he said.

The US has led a resistance among several Western governments to the use of Huawei products under fears that the company is being directed by Beijing to infiltrate technological infrastructures.

"We have been investing in R&D [research and development] heavily for many years ... what has happened to ZTE will not happen to Huawei", Ren said.

But he said the use of the company's products by state entities could be reviewed. I support the Communist Party.

Despite continued push-back and even outright banning of Huawei equipment by several agencies, Ren said he was confident revenue would reach $125 billion in 2019 - $25 billion more than past year.

Telenor and competitor Telia now use 4G Huawei equipment in Norway and are testing equipment from the Chinese company in their experimental 5G networks.

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