Huawei founder says his company does not spy for Chinese government

Huawei founder says his company does not spy for Chinese government
It's the reason why U.S. consumers couldn't walk into their carrier's local store and pick up one of the best phones of 2018. It's the reason why the U.S. is telling allies not to use networking equipment from Huawei for their 5G networks. And it is why the company is considered a national security threat. What we are talking about is the persistent rumor that Huawei products contain a back door that secretly picks up confidential information from consumers and corporations, and sends this data to China for the government to peruse.

The Financial Times (via Reuters) reports that on Tuesday, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei denied that the company spies on behalf of the Chinese government. The paper quotes Ren as saying that Huawei has never been asked to provide improper information to any government. He added that there are no laws in China that would require Huawei to install back doors on its phones or networking equipment.

The executive said that the company will shift its focus to countries where Huawei is welcomed. This confirms an earlier report that Huawei has given up trying to clear its name in the U.S. The executive stated that Huawei has 30 contracts to build 5G networks in various countries.



Ren founded Huawei in 1987, and still owns 1.14% of the company's shares. He says that he misses his daughter, Meng Wanzhou, who is currently being held in Canada and faces extradition to the U.S. Meng, Huawei's CFO, allegedly committed bank fraud so that Huawei could do business with Iran and Syria. Those two countries are currently under U.S. sanctions.

Huawei is the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world and is the largest provider of networking equipment in the world.

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16 Comments

4. gdawilson

Posts: 268; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

Provide proof that they're spying and then write an article

6. DFranch

Posts: 490; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

From what I read elsewhere he said 2 things which makes it hard to believe him. 1) We don't spy for China. 2) Trump is a great president. How can I believe #1 when he is so clearly lying on #2.

7. michaelny2001

Posts: 311; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

as soon as you connect to a server or a tower (ATT, Sprint, Vz, etc) your stuff becomes available. don't you think ATT can see what u say in a text? or data when you go to "the Hub" all providers are able to see what you are doing. then, they make deals woith apple, samsung, etc to further see what you do and provide ads, which is further exposure to your habits, location, things you serach for, etc. did u ever search for something online and then on a different page you get ads about the first thing you searched? try it, it will surprise you. Basically you want privacy? ahahaha not anymor.e Let alone those idiots on facebook posting going on vacation, address, car plate number, house number, etc.

15. mootu

Posts: 1334; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Strange that you mention AT&T. AT&T is one of the biggest spying networks in the world. The way the us network is set up is that all incoming traffic to the US runs through AT&T servers. Heres the kicker, AT&T intercept all this traffic and records it for the US GOV to be reviewed at a later date. This post will actually be recorded as it's going to a US site from the UK. It's a massive spying program that no one seems to give a damn about.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21159; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm still waiting for some solid evidence that states that Huawei has ever done any espionage on behalf of the Chinese government. Until there is proof, this is all just dirty politics.

10. dimas

Posts: 3240; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

"I still love my country, I support the Communist party, but I will never do anything to harm any country in the world". And steven seagal is hollywood's greatest character actor. Congrats, mr. founder. You just shot huawei's foot to capitalism grave.

11. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 202; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

Can you elaborate how he shot Huawei's foot to the grave? It was quite obvious that the founder would say so, he can get arrested any time if he doesn't show his support towards the Chinese government. Or did anyone honestly expect him to say "Screw communism I love America and the capitalism" and point a finger at them?

12. dimas

Posts: 3240; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Let me simplify it for your non-business mind: Huawei- we want to expand in europe and other western countries so we would like to invite investors and buy our products. Western countries- but you said you're still in tie with communism, we don't trust you. America is not the only western country in this world. You got it already?

16. mootu

Posts: 1334; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

So what? he supports a communist party. Putin is one of the biggest communists ever but Trump still bows down to him at every opportunity.

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