After a long period of silence and non-compliance, the founder and CEO of Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, spoke to the public after major events that shook the world of information technology in the past weeks and months. The main part of his address was about theft and the unauthorized use of data, which some countries accuse of Huawei, above all the United States.
Ren Zhengfei; photo: Qilai Shen / Bloomberg “Huawei would never allow Chinese authorities to access user data, even if Beijing asked for it. No, the Chinese authorities have never asked us for access to data, “said Ren Zhengfei, rejecting allegations that Huawei is working for the benefit of the Chinese state. He said Huawei was committed to its customers, denying that it would ever harm a nation or individual.
“The Chinese Ministry has officially explained that there is no law in China that obliges companies to install backdoor access to user devices. It does not exist in China. Neither Huawei, nor myself, have we ever received any request from any government to provide any information, especially inexperienced, “Ren said.
Ren is a former National Liberation Army officer, and is still a prominent member of the Communist Party of China. For years now, the question arises in the West about the nature of its relationship between these organizations and Huawei. Ren told media representatives that his longstanding relations with the Communist Party did not affect his attitude and determination to counter the demands of any government that would seek information about users.
“The value of our work is exactly that the user is at the center. We are a business organization that follows business rules, and in this context there is no direct link between my personal political beliefs and moves that we would withdraw as an enterprise. I repeat, even if we had received such a request, we would refuse it, “Ren said in his allegations.
A clash that culminates
A number of disagreements began in the past few years, when US authorities banned the sale of Huawei’s telephones, as well as telecommunications equipment, on the pretext of being used for espionage. However, things culminated in the recent apprehension of Wanzhou Meng, the daughter of the company’s owner, who is also the CFO, due to US accusations that Huawei was selling prohibited technology to Iran. Last week, a Chinese court sentenced a Canadian drug dealer to death, charging him 200 grams of methamphetamine into the country. The drug dealer defended the excuse that he was only on a tourist visit, while Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged the world to monitor these developments with care.
It is presumed that the Canada reaction is now awaiting, with many analysts claiming to strive for classical exchange, especially because the court has actually converted a prison sentence during the appeals process into a death sentence. On this occasion, Ren refused to comment in detail on the situation related to his daughter, only briefly saying that his daughter is very missing and that he believes that the Canadian and American legal systems are fair, and will wait for the decisions of the courts there.
Tramp support, challenges this year
“I believe President Tramp is a great president. He was very brave when he cut taxes, and I think it will be a very significant incentive for the development of industry in the United States, “said Ren.
At the same time, Ren also gave some business-related reviews this year. He said that 2019 would be challenging and that growth would not be expected to be greater than 20 percent. According to him, the company targets revenue of about 125 billion dollars for 2019. He added that the estimates were somewhat lower than before due to challenges in the international market. Finally, he concluded his address by stating that Huawei will not experience the fate of ZTE, and that Huawei has invested a lot in research and development for a long time.