"We will analyse whether ... our decision can include an end to the use ... of Huawei products", Karol Okonski told Reuters. Washington has since convinced a growing list of allies to blacklist Huawei networking equipment.
During a roundtable interview, which was just the third time he's spoken to foreign reporters, Ren said: "I love my country, I support the Communist Party. But I will not do anything to harm the world", Ren said, according to Bloomberg.
"I don't see close connection between my personal political belief and our business actions we are going to take as a business entity", he said.
Huawei's founder also said that he would not divulge sensitive information from its clients should Beijing request for such.
The company's founder says China has never requested Huawei to install backdoors on its devices, pointing out that there are no laws that demand communications company to do this. Ltd wasn't required to "install mandatory back doors" on its gear - a charge often leveled at the vendor by competitors and Western politicians anxious about the level of control that the Chinese government has on Huawei - and the company's potential for using its gear to spy on telecom service providers and their customers.
He also made it clear that Huawei can survive any sales bans, like those in the U.S. "Huawei is not a public company, we don't need a attractive earnings report", he said. "Trump is a great president". He said Trump was elected to cut taxes, which he believed was beneficial for American industry. Trump is reportedly considering an executive order that would bar US companies from using equipment made by Huawei and ZTE.
As for the case in Canada Ren said he couldn't discuss Meng's case while it still was before a court.
Ren, a legendary figure in Chinese business circles who still runs the company despite stepping back from the day-to-day, is a uniquely placed voice in a conflict that will help define the global landscape in coming years.
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Executives from Huawei have been speaking up in the media denying espionage allegations, asking accusers for proof of such.
But this month Poland arrested a Huawei employee suspected of spying for China. The employee in Poland was sacked over the weekend.
More or less like he said in 2012, in fact.
"If we are not allowed to sell our products in certain markets, we would rather scale down a bit".
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". Huawei bringing out "the big guns" in the form of Zhengfei - a legendary figure in both Chinese business and China at large - illuminates how seriously the company is planning on fixing its image in 2019. And with 180,000 employees, Huawei is tough to turn down. Overseen by Ren himself, the Chinese company has built a clutch of faux European towns modeled after the likes of Paris and Verona, complete with a lake, castles and bell towers. The company has categorically denied any such allegations and is quick to point out that no definitive proof of these alleged ties has ever come to light.
Huawei is facing heightened scrutiny as phone carriers prepare to roll out fifth-generation technology in which the company is a leading competitor. The company remains a linchpin in Beijing's effort to dominate future technologies by 2025 and a 2018 document from the Department of the Treasury showed that Huawei had about a 10th of the essential patents for 5G wireless networks.
"The message to the US I want to communicate is: collaboration and shared success".
Ren said Huawei has no research co-operation with China's People's Liberation Army and no dedicated unit for military sales and he knew of no PLA purchases of civilian technology. But he remained the face of the company on major occasions, such as when he accompanied President Xi Jinping to a Huawei office in the U.K.in 2015.
Huawei has come under serious scrutiny in some countries, most prominent is the U.S. which had already passed a bill banning the use of Huawei equipment by government agencies.