Huawei CEO Says He’d Refuse Chinese Government Request to Spy on U.S.

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Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei, said he would “definitely” refuse any request from the Chinese government to use its telecom equipment to spy on the U.S. In a rare interview with international media, Zhengfei addressed concerns raised by the American government that the telecom could use its communications gear to help its government. Zhengfei said: “China’s ministry of foreign affairs has officially clarified that no law in China requires any company to install mandatory back doors,” reported CNBC.

Huawei faces mounting global pressure to distance itself from the Chinese government. The company has been blocked from selling equipment to the U.S. for many years, but other now countries, including Australia, New Zealand and Japan, have recently excluded the company from supplying components for their 5G networks.  

The statements come as his daughter, Meng Wanzhou, who is chief financial officer of the company, was arrested in Canada at the request of the U.S., which alleges she committed fraud related to payments that violated U.S. sanctions against Iran. Last week, a Huawei sales director in Poland was arrested after that government alleged he colluded with a local official to commit espionage.  Comments? Email Us

January 16, 2019

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