Huawei founder breaks public silence for years to discuss the security of the company

The Straits Times

  • Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei recently spoke publicly for the first time since 2015.

  • Zhengfei made statements regarding the safety of Huawei, President Donald J. Trump, and Huawei's alleged ties to the Chinese government.

  • Huawei is in a continuing crisis when it comes to the reputation of security, and hopes that Zhengfei's remarks will ease fears.

Although 74-year-old Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei is still in the ranks of the company, he has ignored the past three years. Recently, he broke this silence, about a roundtable with national and international reporters Bloomberg,

As expected, Huawei's security appeal was the hottest topic of the event.

Zhengfei's press briefing highlights the difficult year Huawei has been in public relations, security and business expansion. Huawei is releasing "the big guns" in the form of Zhengfei - a legendary figure in China and China - and shows how serious the company is to improve its image in 2019.

Huawei has long been reputed to have alleged ties to the Chinese government, making Western companies and governments nervous that Huawei devices could be used as a tool for Chinese espionage. The company has categorically rejected such allegations and quickly points out that so far no clear evidence for these alleged ties has emerged.

Nonetheless, it has not stopped major countries - including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and others - from banning Huawei equipment in whole or in part. Especially in the US, Huawei network devices and smartphones are essentially nonexistent.

"Huawei is on the customer side when it comes to security and privacy." - Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei

"Huawei is on the customer side when it comes to cyber security and privacy," said Zhengfei. "I love my country, I support the Communist Party. But I will do nothing to harm the world. I do not see any connection between my personal political beliefs and the companies of Huawei. "

Zhengfei probably refers in this last part to the well-known fact that he had previously made a career at the People's Liberation Army in China. This is one of the reasons for the allegations of Huawei's links with the Chinese government.

Regarding the problems that Huawei is facing in the US, particularly President Donald J. Trump, Zhengfei offered kind words and support. "Trump is a great president. He dares to cut taxes massively, which will benefit the business. But you have to treat companies and countries well, so they are ready to invest in the US, and the government will be able to raise enough taxes, "he said.

He also made it clear that Huawei can survive all sales prohibitions, like those in the US. "Huawei is not a public company, we do not need a nice earnings report," he said. "If they do not want Huawei to be present in some markets, we can cut something down. As long as we can survive and feed our employees, there is a future for us. "

Currently, Meng Wanzhou, the eldest daughter of Zhengfei, is in Canada awaiting extradition to the US. In Poland, a sales representative from Huawei was arrested for espionage reasons. Huawei fired this employee over the weekend.

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