Huawei CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei recently gave an extensive interview in China. During the chat, Ren discussed a number of topics such as Huawei’s business performance, its efforts to build 5G services in Europe, and the new person in charge of the White House. Last month, Joe Biden was sworn in as U.S. President, and Donald Trump stepped down after one term.
The Trump administration imposed a series of harsh sanctions on Huawei that began when the P40 Pro manufacturers were added to the US company list in May 2019.
This trade ban meant that key Google services like Gmail and the Google Play Store could not be preinstalled on Huawei phones that were released after this blacklist was enforced.
The former president’s team then issued further sanctions in 2020, which meant that companies that use U.S. technology to do business with Huawei would need a special license.
With a new person in charge in the White House, Huawei fans could have hoped that some US sanctions could be lifted in the future.
According to Ren, Huawei does not expect to release a new mobile operating system to challenge Google’s market-leading Android.
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Huawei CEO and Founder said, “I think the US is very unlikely to remove us from the entity list. I am not going to say it is impossible, but it is extremely unlikely. We basically don’t think it is possible . “
“We must continue to strive to produce good products and solutions that we can produce in order to gain the trust of our customers. We welcome scientists from all over the world and can support top minds. Right now we just want to work harder and.” looking for new ways to survive. “
However, when Ren was asked how Huawei was going to approach the new Biden administration, he opened the door to a closer relationship.
Ren said, “First, the trade benefits both sides. If US companies can supply goods to Chinese customers, it will have a positive effect on their own financial performance. If Huawei’s manufacturing capacity were expanded, US companies could sell more. This is a win-win situation. ” I believe the new administration will weigh and balance these interests as they think about their policies. We continue to hope to buy lots of US components, parts, and machinery so that US companies can thrive with the Chinese economy too. “
Ren added: “Some US politicians have concerns about the potential impact of 5G on a global scale. As I once promised, we would transfer all of our 5G technologies, not just license production to others. As long as the US asks, we would translate everything from the source code and the source code to all of the secrets and know-how of hardware design and even chip design. I meant what I said, but no US company came forward. Hope you do Can you help us get this message across to US companies. If you’d like to speak, we’d love to speak to you. “
Earlier this month, Gina Raimondo, President Biden’s candidate for trade secretary, said she had “no reason” why Huawei and other Chinese companies shouldn’t stay on US blacklists such as the Entity List.
Raimondo said, “I understand that parties in general are put on the entity list and the military end-user list because they pose a risk to US national security or foreign policy interests.
“I currently have no reason to believe that companies should not be on these lists. If this is confirmed, I look forward to a briefing on these and other companies of concern.”
The latest comments come after Raimondo previously failed to commit to keeping Huawei on the U.S. entity list during a Senate hearing in January.