Huawei Could Pull Out Of Some Countries Because Of Actions Against It

Huawei would have no option but to move away from Western countries if restrictions are continued to be imposed upon it, warned the chairman of the Chinese tech giant.

Many of the Western countries have put Huawei under severe scrutiny because of fears of that its telecommunications equipment can be used by Chinese agencies for spying.

Huawei could even think about transferring of its technology to countries “where we are welcomed”, said Liang Hua while speaking at the World Economic Forum, in Davos.

Huawei follows regulations wherever it operates, he also stressed.

While being a leader in the global smartphone market, Huawei is also the largest manufacturer of mobile telecommunication equipment in the world including those for the next generation 5G mobile network.

However countries like US, UK, Canada, Australia and Germany have expressed serious concerns over the security of its technology and its equipment.

The security and intelligence agencies in the US have raised questions about the links to the ruling Communist Party of China and Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei which has led to the company being banned from bidding for government contracts in the country.

British Telecom (BT) last month had announced that Huawei’s equipment would be removed from its EE core network. The network helps to run a communication system which is being developed for the emergency services in the UK. At the same time, legal ways for preventing Huawei from participating in the construction of the next generation mobile phone network is being considered in Germany.

All the allegations an concerns about security have been denied by Huawei on multiple occasions and has said that it is a private company and is owned by its employees and has no ties to the Chinese government.

The top executives of Huawei have remained elusive for the press and have rarely given interviews.  However, in Davos, Liang invited a number of journalists to question him at the World Economic Forum.

According to Liang, if some of the countries create hurdles for his company to do business there, “we would transfer the technology partnership to countries where we are welcomed and where we can have collaboration with”.

With respect to security issues, Liang said anyone concerned would be “welcome” to inspect the firm’s laboratories in China.

The products of Huawei would speak for themselves – was the message of Liang at Davos even though the company is facing a huge storm against it in some of the Western countries.

“We will focus on providing value by offering the high bandwidth ultra low latency and high connectivity [products] to our customers,” he said.

Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the founder of Huawei and the chief financial officer of the company was arrested in December in Canada at the behest of the US and the US now wants her to be extradited over allegations that she had flouted US sanctions against Iran.

Liang called for a “quick conclusion” to the case, so that Meng could regain “her personal freedom”.

(Adapted from BBC.com)

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