Huawei's founder denies presence of 'backdoors' for spying

Huawei's founder denies presence of 'backdoors' for spying

Huawei's founder denies presence of 'backdoors' for spying

But the UK's intelligence agencies have said that it was possible to limit the risks involved in using Huawei's technology to build its network.

Huawei's founder Ren Zhengfei said the USA would not be able to "crush" the company even if it tries to persuade other nations to ban the tech giant.

The saga of the Chinese telecom has led the USA to pressure its global allies to drop Huawei from their 5G rollouts, but Ren told the BBC on Monday that this tactic won't work.

In his first worldwide broadcast interview since his daughter arrest, Ren accused the USA of forcing other countries into the campaign against Huawei.

While acknowledging that the potential loss of custom could have a significant impact, Mr. Ren dismissed the pressure from the USA and said, "The world cannot leave us because we are more advanced". The U.S. likes to sanction others. The company has plenty of choices for those looking for the latest and greatest, as well as more affordable mid-range options and very cheap low-end devices.

"If the lights go out in the West, the East will still shine", he said.

"America doesn't represent the world."
"America only represents a portion of the world". "In fact, we're growing even faster". "So they caught Meng Wanzhou".

"They may have thought if they've arrested her Huawei would fall, but we didn't fall, we are still moving forward".

"Even if I myself go one day, this company won't change its trajectory forward".

He also believes that the arrest of his daughter, who is also the firm's CFO, was politically motivated.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver last December What did Mr Ren say about Chinese government spying? She has been charged with bank and wire fraud violating American sanctions against Iran.

Nicole Navas, a spokesperson for the Department told Reuters in an email that "The Justice Department's criminal case against Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is based exclusively on the evidence and the law".

Many of UK's mobile companies, including Vodafone, EE and Three, are working with Huawei to develop their 5G networks.

The first covers claims Huawei hid business links to Iran - a country subject to USA trade sanctions, while the second includes the charge of attempted theft of trade secrets.

Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned the country's allies against using Huawei technology, saying it would make it more hard for Washington to "partner alongside them".

Ren has said repeatedly that Huawei would "never undertake" any spying activities.

This has the potential to affect Huawei's bottom line in a big way, which is probably why the reclusive Ren has become more visible in the media.

The U.S. banned the company out of cybersecurity concerns in August, and New Zealand and Australia shortly followed.

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