Huawei Against the US: ''You Would Not Destroy Us, You Do Not Represent the World''

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source: Ina Grace

In his exclusive interview with the BBC, the Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has said that the US did not represent the world and there was no way it could crush the company.

Huawei, one of the leading telecommunications equipment manufacturers in the world, has been battling a US-led campaign to convince American allies to shut the firm's technology out of super-fast 5G networks.

 In his first public international TV appearance since the arrest of his daughter, Zhengfei commented that the world needed Huawei as it was the most technologically advanced company in its field.

The US government claimed the Chinese intelligence services could use Huawei's products for spying purposes, a claim that Zhengfei repeatedly declined. In addition to that, the US prosecutors also accused Huawei in bank fraud and evasion of Iran trade sanctions. 

On that grounds, one of his daughters who also serves as a chief financial officer of the company, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada in December last year. Talking to the BBC, Zhengfei called her arrest politically-motivated. 

During the Munich Security Conference the past weekend, the US Vice President Mike Pence has urged the US European partners to protect their telecom infrastructure and reject any company that would compromise its security and integrity.

Earlier last week, the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo echoed Pence's words during his trip to Central Europe where Huawei enjoys a strong market position. 

Some countries such as Australia and New Zealand, along with the USA, have already banned or blocked Huawei from supplying technical equipment for their future 5G mobile broadband networks.

Others, such as Canada and the United Kingdom are still reviewing their next move. For instance, Canada is still researching whether Huawei's products could be a threat to national security.

According to a recently-released report by the United Kingdom's National Cyber Security Center, any potential risks affiliated with Huawei's technology in the country could be managed. Many of the leading British telecom operators, including Vodafone, EE and Three, have been working closely with Huawei to develop their 5G networks.

The report's findings are subject to government review, due in early spring that will decide whether the country will keep collaborating with Huawei.

Commenting on a possible UK ban, Zhengfei pointed out that Huawei planned to invest in the UK even more after the breach with the USA and hoped the country would trust his firm as well.

In conclusion, Huawei's founder highlighted once again that the US did not represent the whole world and in case ''the lights go out in the West, the East will still shine.''

Do you think that the US allies will take into consideration the US allegations and exclude the Chinese firm from the development of their 5G networks?