Even as there is increasing political pressure on the Chinese technology giant Hiawei, its CEO and founder repeatedly emphasized on Tuesday that the company would not conceded to demands from Chinese government and agencies if they wanted to access customer data and the company would never allow that.
The concerns of the US government about Huawei telecommunication equipment being used by Chinese government to spy on the countries that uses them were addressed by Ren Zhengfei in a press gathering addressed by him which is a rarity.
Huawei has never handed data to Beijing, said Ren, speaking in Mandarin.
“When it comes to cybersecurity and privacy protection we are committed to be sided with our customers. We will never harm any nation or any individual,” Ren told the journalists assembled at Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China.
“China’s ministry of foreign affairs has officially clarified that no law in China requires any company to install mandatory back doors. Huawei and me personally have never received any request from any government to provide improper information,” Ren added.
The relationship between Ren and the People’s Liberation Army and China’s Communist Party have been put in question for several years now because he was a former soldier in the PLA and is currently a member of the Communist Party. Ren’s ability to fight against the Chinese government if it requested user data would not be impacted by his long longtime affiliation with China’s authoritarian party, he told reporters of the international media.
“The values of a business entity is customer first, is customer centricity. We are a business organization so we must follow business rules. And in that context I don’t see close connection between my personal political believe and our business actions we are going to take as a business entity. And I think I already made myself very clear right now, we will definitely say no to such a request,” Ren said.
There has been global pressure on Huawei recently. It has been many years that the company has been banned from selling its equipment in the US. Huawei has also been excluded from participating in the process of sup-plying telecommunications equipment for the new age 5G mobile networks that is being established in some other countries including Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
In another recent development, Meng Wanzhou, his daughter, and the chief financial officer of Huawei, had bene arrested in Canada at the behest of the US where she is wanted in relation to an alleged case of violation of US sanctions on Iran and for covering up the incident.
Ren however actually praised the U.S. president.
“For President Trump as a person, I still believe he is a great president,” he said. “In the sense that he was bold to slash taxes. And I think that’s conducive for the development of industries in the United States.”
(Adapted form CNBC.com)