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Huawei founder denies his company helps China spy, and he praises Trump

Huawei founder denies his company helps China spy, and he praises Trump

Australia and New Zealand banned its gear previous year and a top British operator moved to remove its existing equipment, while concerns grow in Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and other countries. However, a Huawei sales executive was arrested in Poland last week on grounds of spying for China and was sacked by the weekend.

"No law requires any company in China to install mandatory back doors", Ren said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

After weeks of seeing the China-based tech giant he leads deal with a crushing wave of negative publicity, the billionaire founder and CEO of Huawei has broken his typical silence to give a rare and somewhat extraordinary interview. "He dares to massively cut taxes, which will benefit business", Ren said at the roundtable with reporters.

Speaking about the US-China trade war, Ren said Huawei was just a "sesame seed" in the middle of the conflict.

Ren is the father of Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested December 1 in Canada on us charges related to possible violations of trade sanctions on Iran.

Last month Canada arrested Ren's daughter Meng on a USA extradition request related to Iran sanctions violations. Prior to founding Huawei in the 1980s, he served as an engineer in the Chinese military and attended the 1982 National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.

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Recently, Huawei has been attempting to expand overseas but has found some of its efforts thwarted by nervous governments. "I don't see a close connection between my personal political beliefs and the businesses of Huawei".

A string of Huawei executives - all the way up to rotating chairman Ken Hu - have taken to media in recent weeks to deny allegations of espionage and challenge its accusers to provide proof of shady dealings. Meeting with foreign reporters at Huawei's headquarters, Ren Zhengfei sought on Tuesday to allay Western concerns the company is a security risk.

But Huawei passed Sweden's LM Ericsson to become the biggest supplier of network gear and its smartphone brand displaced Apple Inc. past year as the No. 2 global seller behind Samsung. "As long as we can feed our employees, I believe there will always be a future for Huawei". And with 180,000 employees, Huawei is tough to turn down. "I personally would never harm the interest of my customers and me and my company would not answer to such requests".

But Mr Ren held out the prospect of this being avoided.

Ren also warned against allowing security concerns to divide the globe into isolated markets with incompatible technology standards - a scenario some people have suggested might result from U.S.

However, he said, "If companies are getting frightened by the detention of certain individuals, then investors might be scared away, and that is not in the interests of the United States". A bombshell report from the USA government in 2012 referred to both Huawei and ZTE as national security threats. But he said Huawei obeys the law, including export restrictions, in every country where it operates. But Huawei has repeatedly denied the possibility of such happening.