The founder of Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co (華為) has hit back at USA efforts to blacklist the company, saying defiantly that the world can not do without Huawei and its "more advanced" technology.
Talking to BBC, he said, "Firstly, I object to what the US has done".
More generally, the US -led Huawei smear campaign is really about China, a rising economic, political, and military power that is expected to surpass the United States in the coming years. "Even if they [US] persuade more countries not to use us temporarily, we can always scale things down a bit", Ren added.
"America doesn't represent the world.""America only represents a portion of the world".
The news comes a day after the National Cyber Security Centre, an offshoot of those fun guys at GCHQ, said that any risk posed by Huawei is manageable. Despite concerns about the company's links to the Chinese state, it is understood that German officials failed to uncover any wrongdoing by Huawei (via Wall Street Journal).
On Saturday, US Vice President Mike Pence told a security conference in Munich that the Chinese government requires Huawei and other Chinese telecommunications firms to give it access to any data that goes through their networks. The arrest was related to company activities during her time as head of a Huawei-affiliated company that allegedly sold Hewlett-Packard equipment to Iran in violation of USA regulations. He added, "The U.S. likes to sanction others, whenever there's an issue, they'll use such combative methods".
However, he said that allowing spying was a risk he would not take.
As relations with USA continue to deteriorate, Huawei plans to move their investments to UK.
The Huawei chief confirmed that there was a Communist Party committee in the company, but said it was required by law for all companies operating in China. Then in late January, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it filed a 10-count indictment in the western district of Washington State charging Huawei Device Co.
Ren said Huawei may reallocate investments it had planned for the U.S.to the United Kingdom.
America's closest ally, the United Kingdom, has expressed confidence that its intelligence services could handle any security risks posed by Huawei equipment, opening the door to a break with USA demands.
"The Chinese government has already clearly said that it won't install any back doors". "Even if [the United States manages to] persuade more countries not to use us temporarily, we can always scale things down a bit". And we won't install backdoors either.
Commenting on the spying concerns, the Huawei founder reiterated that the company will "never undertake" any spying activities.