The founder of Huawei has hit back at U.S. criticism of his company, accusing the United States of wanting to crush Huawei, and he says that is not going to happen.
The Chinese icon has said if the U.S. continues to oppose the use of Huawei’s technology, his company will do more, and invest more in the United Kingdom.
The telco giant chief has also denied any wrongdoing in relation to legal action taken against the company and his daughter Meng Wanzhou, who is the CFO of the Huawei.
“There’s no way the U.S. can crush us,” Ren Zhengfei told the BBC Tuesday. “The world cannot leave us because we are more advanced. Even if they persuade more countries not to use us temporarily, we can always scale things down a bit.”
Ren was speaking with the BBC’s Karishma Vaswani in his first international interview since his daughter’s arrest.
The public outing follows a call by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week for other countries to ban the use of Huawei technology, threatening that if they didn’t, the U.S. would find it difficult to “partner alongside them.”
Australia and New Zealand, have joined the U.S. in blocking Huawei from supplying equipment for their future 5G mobile broadband networks. Although New Zealand has said it is keeping the door open on a possible revision of an outright ban. Canada is reviewing what action it may or may not take.
“If the lights go out in the West, the East will still shine. And if the North goes dark, there is still the South. America doesn’t represent the world. America only represents a portion of the world,” a defiant Ren told the BBC.
Like Canada, the UK is reviewing whether it should take action against Huawei. Three of its major telecom companies EE, Three and Vodaphone are using Huawei technology and support to develop their 5G networks.
Their plans may be disrupted if the UK goes down the path of the U.S. However the UK review is yet to be undertaken, and is unlikely to be completed until at least next month, and possibly not until April.
“We will continue to invest in the UK,” Ren said Tuesday.
“We still trust in the UK, and we hope that the UK will trust us even more.
“We will invest even more in the UK. Because if the U.S. doesn’t trust us, then we will shift our investment from the U.S. to the UK on an even bigger scale,” he said.