Huawei CEO: We will not give up our phones and hope to cancel the US ban

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Huawei CEO Ren Zhangfei said he welcomed a phone call from US President Joe Biden, in his first public remarks since the administration change in Washington.

Ren is hoping for a softer approach to the Chinese telecom giant after nearly two years of pressure from Washington when it designated Huawei as a national security threat under the administration of former US President Donald Trump, which took measures to block the company’s access to key US-made software and components.

Washington claimed that Huawei’s network equipment could be used to spy on the Americans. Huawei has repeatedly denied the allegations.

“I would welcome such phone calls, and the message is about common development and common success,” Ren said in comments translated by a Chinese official during a briefing with reporters.

He added, “The United States wants to have economic growth, and China wants to have economic growth as well.”

The president of Huawei tried to appeal to the economic interests of US companies and said that some of them had seen that their business had been affected by their inability to supply to the Chinese company.

“If Huawei’s production capacity can be expanded, then that means more opportunities for US companies. I think this will be beneficial for both parties … and I think the new administration will take into account such commercial interests, as it is about to decide its new policy,” Raine said.

“We still hope that we can purchase large quantities of American components and materials, in addition to equipment, so that we can all benefit from China’s growth,” he added.

Ren was speaking on the sidelines of an event in which Huawei inaugurated a new laboratory in the city of “Taiyuan” in northern China, focusing on bringing technology to the mining industry.

Cut off technologies from the company

Huawei was placed on the US list in 2019, which prevented US companies from exporting technology to the company. Google is no longer permitted to license the Android mobile operating system to Huawei, a move that has caused global smartphone sales to drop by the Chinese telecom giant.

The United States has also moved to cut Huawei’s supply of major chips.

Overcoming difficulties

Ren spoke in an optimistic tone, saying that his confidence had “risen” over the past year about Huawei’s “viability.”

This came despite the difficulties that the company’s business faced over the past year in the field of smartphones as well as the fifth generation market in some countries that prevented Huawei from working on its networks, such as the United Kingdom.

“We have more means to overcome the difficulties,” Raine said, adding that Huawei also achieved positive growth in revenue and net profit for 2020, without giving specific numbers.

Huawei phones

Questions were raised about the future of Huawei’s smartphone business, given that the company was unable to access the chips manufactured by TSMC. These cutting-edge chips were part of the reason why Huawei was able to grow into one of the world’s largest smartphone operators.

Huawei sold its Honor smartphone brand in November, a move that would allow this unit to survive and regain access to components.

A Reuters report in January also mentioned that Huawei is in talks to sell its premium smartphones such as Mate and P.

But the president of Huawei said that the company will never sell its smartphone business, stressing that his company will not invest in chip technology.