interview with foreign media.ith his company being seen as a security threat by countries around the world and with his own daughter arrested in Canada, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei sat down on Tuesday for a rare
At the roundtable meeting in Shenzhen, the 74-year-old CEO — known mainly for being reclusive and for being a former People’s Liberation Army officer — attempted to distance his company from the Chinese government and dismiss accusations that Huawei is using its technology to provide backdoors for Beijing.
Ren repeatedly insisted that his company had never spied for the Chinese government, even claiming that he would refuse if Beijing asked him to do so, despite his background as a PLA veteran and Communist party member.
“I still love my country, I support the Communist party, but I will never do anything to harm any country in the world,” he said. “I don’t see a close connection between my personal political beliefs and the businesses of Huawei.”
Recently, Huawei has been attempting to expand overseas but has found some of its efforts thwarted by nervous governments. In the belief that Huawei technology could be used to spy on its citizens, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States have all banned the company from providing equipment for their national 5G networks. Similarly, UK telecoms company BT has said that it will not work with Huawei in creating its own next-gen wireless network. Norway is reported to be mulling doing the same.
During the interview, Ren also put in some words for his daughter, Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who was infamously arrested in December in Vancouver at the request of authorities in the US where she is wanted for violating Iran sanctions.
Ren said that he misses his daughter very much but is optimistic that justice will prevail in the end. Meng has been released on bail but has been ordered not to leave British Columbia. She faces extradition to the US.
Finally, Ren also happened to mention Donald Trump, calling Trump a “great president” for cutting taxes.