Huawei founder breaks silence to dismiss claims of spying by firm
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei hit again at claims that his firm is utilized by the Chinese language authorities for spying, utilizing a uncommon assembly with the media following the arrest of his daughter from jail in Canada.
Mr Ren was talking to journalists in Shenzhen on Tuesday after Meng Wanzhou, his daughter and Huawei’s chief monetary officer, was arrested in Vancouver in December. Ms Meng faces extradition to the US on allegations that Huawei offered US-made tools to Iran.
The reclusive former Chinese language military officer stated Huawei had “by no means obtained any request from any authorities to offer improper info” and missed his daughter “very a lot”.
“I nonetheless love my nation, I assist the Communist social gathering, however I’ll by no means do something to hurt any nation on the earth,” he stated, echoing earlier dismissals of allegations that Huawei was concerned in espionage.
Ms Meng’s detention got here towards a backdrop of heightened worldwide concern over Huawei’s alleged hyperlinks to the Chinese language authorities, and amid broader US angst over China’s rising expertise capabilities. A number of international locations, together with the UK, Australia and the US, have tightened oversight of the corporate and in some instances blocked its involvement in constructing the 5G subsequent era telecoms networks.
Final week, a Huawei government was arrested in Poland on allegations of spying for China’s secret service. Huawei subsequently fired the worker.
In an overture to Donald Trump, who has stated he can be prepared to intervene in Ms Meng’s case to safe a commerce cope with China, Mr Ren described the US president as “nice”, and famous that his tax cuts had been good for American business.
“The message to the US I need to talk is: collaboration and shared success. In our world of excessive tech, it’s more and more inconceivable for any single firm or nation to maintain or to assist the world’s wants,” Mr Ren stated.
In response to fears over the safety of Huawei’s tools, Mr Ren stated “no legislation in China requires any firm to put in obligatory backdoors”. He added that the corporate has had “no critical safety incident”.
Mr Ren additionally downplayed the chance Huawei confronted from being blocked from the rollout of 5G by some international locations.
“It’s all the time been the case, you may’t work with everybody . . . we’ll shift our focus to higher serve international locations that welcome Huawei,” he stated, including that the corporate had 30 contracts globally to construct 5G networks.
In search of to shed some mild on Huawei’s opaque possession, Mr Ren stated he owned 1.14 per cent of the corporate’s shares.
Ms Meng’s arrest additionally sparked a pointy backlash from Beijing. Chinese language officers have since detained at the least two Canadian residents and simply this week a Canadian man convicted of drug smuggling was sentenced to dying by a Chinese language courtroom, overturning a earlier 15-year sentence.
Mr Ren maintained that the alleged Chinese language hacking of the African Union headquarters, revealed final yr, had “nothing to do with Huawei”.