Huawei founder Ren Zheng fei has rejected the spy allegations against his company as groundless. The world’s largest network equipment supplier and third-largest smartphone maker has “never received a request from a government to provide illegal information,” Ren said an interview with journalists in the southern city of Shenzhen. “I love my country, I support the Communist Party, but I will never do anything that harms any country in the world.”
Huawei confirmed the statements of Ren. The former military officer, who founded the company in 1987 and holds a stake of around one percent, rarely appears in public.
In addition to the espionage allegations of the Western intelligence agencies, the recent headlines have been the arrest of Ren’s daughter Meng Wanzhou in Canada, who is now released on bail. He misses her “very much,” Ren said.
The case has significantly worsened relations between Beijing and Ottawa. The Chinese Foreign Ministry described the practice as “abuse of legal procedures.” On Monday, a Canadian was sentenced to death for drug smuggling in China.
Western intelligence agencies led by the United States accused Huawei and the smaller provider ZTE of maintaining ties with the government in Beijing.
Australia and New Zealand have Huawei now excluded from the 5G mobile phone expansion.
Other Western countries, such as Norway and Poland, are also considering whether to allow Huawei equipment to continue in their telecommunications networks.
In Germany there are also concerns about cooperation with Huawei. Behind the scenes, some politicians are pushing to think about excluding the group from the German 5G superstructure.
Ren downplayed the business risks for Huawei through the blockade intentions in the countries: “You cannot work with everyone.
We will focus on how we can better serve the countries that welcome us. “Huawei has already received 30 contracts around the world for 5G expansion.