Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co. has plans to move its research and development (R&D) center from the U.S.to Canada and has already shifted key staff members as the spat between the US and China over trade, technology and ongoing unrest in Hong Kong intensifies.
Huawei's centre for research and development "will be moved out of the United States and will be relocated to Canada", Ren told the Globe and Mail.
Huawei Technologies Ltd.is the No. 2 global smartphone brand and the biggest maker of network gear for phone carriers.
Canada has also been considering allowing Huawei to access its 5G network, something U.S. President Donald Trump condemned as a "tremendous security problem" in a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday.
Ren gave no details on the Canadian expansion, but Huawei confirmed in June it had cut 600 jobs at its Silicon Valley research centre in Santa Clara, Calif., leaving about 250 employees.
In December 2018, Meng Wanzhou, the Chief Financial Officer for Huawei, was arrested in Canada at the request of the USA for allegedly defrauding multiple financial institutions to evade sanctions on Iran.
Canada, which Ren previously described as a suitable alternative to the US, is now home to his daughter, Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, whom Canada detained a year ago on fraud charges at the request of USA prosecutors.
Huawei has already added 300 employees in Canada this year, for a total of 1,200.
In Europe, Huawei "plans to set up factories", he said. It said in a recent release that it invested $164 million in research and development initiatives in Canada a year ago. "It's obviously political interference from the US", Ren said.
"There's Chinese companies looking to do investment here, and there's Canadian companies looking to do business in China". The US Commerce Department in May placed Huawei on a trade blacklist, citing national security concerns.
US federal prosecutors in January unsealed two cases against Huawei. The other, filed in Washington state, accuses Huawei of stealing technology from T-Mobile's headquarters in Bellevue, Wash.