SHANGHAI: Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei on Tuesday rejected claims his firm is utilized by the Chinese language authorities to spy and stated he missed his daughter, who’s being held by Canadian authorities, the Monetary Instances newspaper reported.
Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief monetary officer, was detained in Canada final month on the request of US authorities who allege she misled banks in regards to the firm’s management of a agency working in Iran.
Huawei had “by no means obtained any request from any authorities to supply improper data”, the newspaper reported Ren as saying in an interview with reporters within the southern metropolis of Shenzhen.
“I nonetheless love my nation, I help the Communist occasion, however I’ll by no means do something to hurt any nation on the earth,” he stated, including he missed his daughter “very a lot”.
Huawei confirmed the accuracy of Ren’s feedback to Reuters. Ren, a former navy officer who based Huawei in 1987 and largely retains a low profile, stated he owned 1.14 p.c of the corporate’s shares.
Beijing and Ottawa have been at odds since Meng’s arrest, which China’s international ministry on Tuesday referred to as an abuse of authorized procedures. On Monday, China sentenced a Canadian to demise for drug smuggling, additional damaging relations.
Huawei, the world’s largest producer of telecommunications tools, has been dealing with intense scrutiny within the West over its relationship with China’s authorities and U.S.-led allegations that its gadgets could possibly be utilized by Beijing for spying.
No proof has been produced publicly and the agency has repeatedly denied the accusations, however some Western nations have restricted Huawei’s entry to their markets. Poland stated this week it might contemplate banning the usage of Huawei merchandise by public our bodies, after it arrested a Chinese language Huawei official.
Ren dismissed fears over the safety of Huawei’s tools, saying “no legislation in China requires any firm to put in necessary backdoors (that could possibly be used for spying)” and added the corporate had had “no severe safety incidents”.
He additionally performed down the danger Huawei confronted from being blocked from the rollout of 5G telecoms networks by some nations.
“It’s at all times been the case, you possibly can’t work with everybody ?… we’ll shift our focus to raised serve nations that welcome Huawei’” he stated, including the corporate had 30 contracts globally to construct 5G networks.
U.S. President Donald Trump in August signed a invoice that barred the U.S. authorities from utilizing Huawei tools and is contemplating an government order that may additionally ban U.S. corporations from doing so.
Nonetheless, Trump instructed Reuters final month he would intervene with the Justice Division within the case towards Meng if it might assist safe a commerce cope with Beijing.
Ren described Trump as “nice” and praised his tax cuts nearly as good for American business.
“The message to the U.S. I wish to talk is: collaboration and shared success. In our world of excessive tech, it’s more and more unimaginable for any single firm or nation to maintain or to help the world’s wants.”