In his first public statements to foreign media since 2015, Huawei's reclusive founder spoke highly of President Donald Trump and denied allegations that his company aided in Chinese spying.
Ren Zhengfei told reporters that his company, the world's Bloomberg reported Tuesday., doesn't have regular contact with the Chinese government and that it would deny requests for sensitive information about its clients,
"I love my country, I support the Communist Party. But I will not do anything to harm the world," the billionaire said in a roundtable interview at his company's Shenzhen campus. "I don't see a close connection between my personal political beliefs and the businesses of Huawei."
Ren also downplayed the company's role inbetween China and the US, saying "Huawei is only a sesame seed" in that conflict, and praised Trump as "a great president" for his pro-business policies.
"He dares to massively cut taxes, which will benefit business," he said. "But you have to treat well the companies and countries so that they are willing to invest in the US and the government will be able to collect enough tax."
Ren's comments come in the wake of his eldest daughter Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's finance chief, being released on bail, and Ren noted that he'd wait to see if Trump would intervene on her behalf, according to Bloomberg.in December at the request of the US over alleged Iran sanctions violations. She's since been
Huawei has a troubled relationship with the US, despite its status in the global smartphone market. It CES, in an effort to gain notice for its products in the US.many of its devices in the country, and Washington has issued about its equipment. Last week, the company pushed a limited selection of at
The company alsoits sales director for public sector clients in Poland, Wang Weijing, after he and a former Polish security agent were arrested last week .
Several countries -- including 5G networks following the , which is a major loss for the company, and New Zealand -- are avoiding the use of Huawei equipment in their
"I'm a strong supporter of the world building a unified technology standard," Ren told reporters.
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