- Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei recently spoke publicly for the first time since 2015.
- Zhengfei made statements about Huawei's safety, President Donald J. Trump and Huawei's alleged links with the Chinese government.
- Huawei is facing a permanent crisis with regard to its reputation for security and hopes that Zhengfei's statements will allay his fears.
Although Huawei's founder, 74-year-old Ren Zhengfei, is still active in the ranks of the company, he has spent the last three years out of sight. Recently, he broke this silence by organizing a round table with national and international journalists, via Bloomberg.
As might be expected, Huawei's safety reputation was the hot topic of the event.
Zhengfei's press conference highlights Huawei's difficult year in public relations, security and the development of society. Huawei unveiling "big guns" in the form of Zhengfei – a legendary figure in the business world in China and all of China – illustrates how seriously the company is considering redefining its image. 2019.
Huawei has long faced a reputation for alleged ties to the Chinese government, which makes Western companies and governments nervous that Huawei hardware can be used as a Chinese spy tool. The company categorically denied such allegations and quickly pointed out that no definitive proof of these alleged links had ever been revealed.
Be that as it may, this has not prevented the big countries – including the United States, Australia, New Zealand and many others – from totally or partially banning the use of Huawei equipment. . In the United States in particular, Huawei network equipment and smartphones are essentially non-existent.
"Huawei is firmly on the side of customers in cybersecurity and privacy." – Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei
"Huawei stands firmly on the side of customers in cybersecurity and privacy," Zhengfei said. "I love my country, I support the Communist Party. But I will not do anything to harm the world. I do not see a close connection between my personal political beliefs and Huawei's business. "
In this last part, Zhengfei probably alludes to the well-known fact that he had a previous career in the People's Liberation Army in China, which is one of the reasons for Huawei's accusations of connection with the Chinese government. .
Regarding the issues facing Huawei in the United States – especially by President Donald J. Trump – Zhengfei offered friendly words and support. "Trump is an excellent president. He dares to massively reduce taxes, which will benefit businesses. But we have to treat companies and countries so that they are willing to invest in the United States and that the government is able to raise enough taxes, "he said.
He also said that Huawei could survive all sales bans, such as those in the United States. "Huawei is not a publicly traded company, we do not need a nice report on the results," he said. "If they do not want Huawei to be present in some markets, we can reduce their consumption a bit. As long as we can survive and feed our employees, we have a future. "
Currently, Zhengfei's eldest daughter – Meng Wanzhou – is in Canada and is at risk of being extradited to the United States for helping fraudulent banks avoid sanctions against Iran. In Poland, a Huawei sales manager has been arrested for spying. Huawei fired that employee over the weekend.
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