Huawei President Refutes Allegations of Spying for China

Huawei President Refutes Allegations of Spying for China

LONDON-Huawei's founder has denied Chinese authorities have ever asked his company to help spy on its clients.

Ren Zhengfei, the billionaire founder of Huawei Technologies, broke years of silence on Tuesday as his business empire faces its biggest crisis in more than three decades amid continued pressure from the USA that its networking gear may pose a security threat.

Ren mentioned that aside from security concerns, Huawei was also in the middle of the current trade war between the us and China but downplayed his company's significance in the matter.

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In regards to the problems Huawei faces in the USA - particularly from President Donald J. Trump - Zhengfei offered kind words and support. The company was quick to fire Wang Weijing, the employee arrested in Poland, stating clearly that his alleged actions had no relation to the company. He held a press conference with reporters in Shenzen on Tuesday to deny suggestions that Huawei spied on behalf of the Chinese government. In addition, concerns have been raised in the United Kingdom and elsewhere about the use of the company's equipment in 5G networks and other communications infrastructure, with claims that it could provide Beijing a way to spy on or disrupt data.

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Ren repeated that neither he nor his company would harm customers' interests in any shape or form, which was also consistent with an earlier letter Huawei sent to all employees stating that "cyber security and privacy protection are the company's highest priority". The 74-year-old also etched out time to heap praise on Trump, who is now waging a prolonged tariff war against the Chinese government.

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"I'm a strong supporter of the world building a unified technology standard", Ren said.

US President Donald Trump in August signed a bill that barred the US government from using Huawei equipment and is considering an executive order that would also ban US companies from doing so.

When asked about the relationship between Huawei and the CPC, Ren responded: "I love my country and I support the CPC, but I would never do anything to harm another country or another individual".

"Huawei is only a sesame seed in the trade conflict between China and the US", Ren said from the company's newest campus in the industrial city of Dongguan. Ren's defense of Huawei coincides with recent arrest of his daughter, Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, for allegedly violating us sanctions. China has claimed that the case is an abuse of legal procedures.

"Huawei is only a sesame seed in the trade conflict between China and the United States", he added. He said Trump was elected to cut taxes, which he believed was beneficial for American industry.

He also stated that the USA and China diverging on standards for 5G technology would be detrimental in the long run as it would increase deployment costs, saying: "unified standards, which the technology community has worked hard to forge, are a good example for the entire world to move to a more intelligent world". But he appeared to acknowledge that in some cases Huawei would be unable to sell its products overseas. But Ren did acknowledge that his firm will struggle to do business in some countries, such as Australia, where it's banned from selling 5G tech to local network providers.

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"You can't work with everyone".

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