Huawei founder denies in rare interview he spied for China

Huawei founder says company would not share user secrets

Huawei founder says company would not share user secrets

"Huawei and I have not received any government requests to provide illicit information", Ren said.

"I still love my country, I support the Communist party, but I will never do anything to harm any country in the world", he said, adding he missed his daughter "very much".

Recently, Huawei has been attempting to expand overseas but has found some of its efforts thwarted by nervous governments.

Following the lead of the U.S., several Western countries have recently introduced restrictions or flat-out bans on using Huawei equipment in 5G network build-outs, citing security concerns.

According to AP news, the founder of Huawei said that his company would refuse to disclose secrets about its customers and their communication networks.

Zhengfei made this unusual public comment after his daughter Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial officer, was held in Canada last month at the request of United States authorities who allege she misled banks about the company's control of a firm operating in Iran. Ren said he was not close to his daughter because he spent her childhood in the military, then working 16-hour days at Huawei.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 file photo, Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou leaves her home in Vancouver, British Columbia.

"As for President Trump as president, I still believe he is a great president", Ren said.

"Huawei is only a sesame seed in the trade conflict between China and the US", Bloomberg reported Ren as saying.

"He dares to massively cut tax, which will benefit. business", he added.

Although the company has been blocked from operating in the United States since 2012 when legislators said the company could pose an intelligence threat, it is a lucrative company. The UK and Canada are also weighing the possible security risks posed by Huawei - along with a growing list of other European countries.

He claims Huawei has never worked with the Chinese government to spy on its customers in the West.

Ren went on to describe Huawei is "only a sesame seed in the trade conflict between China and the USA", and sought to flatter President Donald Trump.

Ren's comments were the most direct public response to accusations that his company is controlled by the ruling Communist Party or is required to facilitate Chinese spying.

The US has banned government use of Huawei's technology products and services because of security concerns.

Huawei confirmed the investigation and fired the worker.

Telenor and competitor Telia now use 4G Huawei equipment in Norway and are testing equipment from the Chinese company in their experimental 5G networks.

But he said the use of the company's products by state entities could be reviewed.

At a recent press conference in Dongguan, China, smartphone and network equipment manufacturer Huawei declared that it will invest $2 billion over the next five years into updating the company's security infrastructure, via Reuters.

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