Huawei's founder, Ren Zhengfei, set a challenging tone in the Chinese technology giant's battle for 5G technology with the US when Washington temporarily eased some of the company's trade restrictions to minimize its impact on customers.
Ren told China's state-run media on Tuesday that the US underestimates Huawei, the world's largest telecom equipment manufacturer and its second-largest smartphone maker.
"The current practice of US politicians underestimates our strength," Ren said in an interview with state television channel CCTV.
Last week, US President Donald Trump declared a "national emergency" that allowed him to blacklist companies perceived as an "unacceptable risk to United States national security." At the same time, the US Ministry of Commerce an effective ban on the sale or transfer of technology to Huawei. Ren insisted the move would have no effect 5G will not be affected at all, "he said." In terms of 5G technologies, other Huawei's will not catch up in two or three years, "he said.
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Smartphones  US Internet giant Google, whose mobile Android operating system powers most smartphones in the world, announced this week that it would
This could have a dramatic impact on users Huawei is calling because the telecommunications giant would no longer have access to Google's proprietary services, including Gmail and Google Maps.
Ren Huawei and Google have talked about dealing with the ban.
The US Department of Commerce issued a 90-day fri Technology Transfer Company to grant Huawei a limited license to purchase US-made goods to maintain existing networks and provide software updates to existing telephones.
The deadline is envisaged According to US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, telecommunications operators relying on Huawei equipment have time to make alternative arrangements.
"In short, this license will allow operations to continue for existing Huawei mobile and rural broadband networks."
The license, which is valid until August 19, indicates that changes in Huawei's supply chain can have immediate, far-reaching and unintended consequences for its customers.
Computer and mobile phone systems are crashing, "former Commerce Department attorney Kevin Wolf told Reuters," This is not a capitulation. This is housekeeping. "
Ren said Huawei is ready to talk to Chinese state media.
" The 90-day US license has no big impact on us. We are ready. "Ren said.
Half of the chips used in Huawei devices come from the US, and the other half are made by the Chinese company, he said.
" We can not be isolated from the world, "Ren said he saw no situation in which Huawei would be completely cut off from US supply.
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Escalating tensions Einar Tangen, a political analyst , who advises the Chinese government on economic and development issues, said that in the course of stalling negotiations, both sides are exchanging steep customs tariffs to try to destroy the competition. This is a clear attempt to paralyze Huawei, "he told Al Jazeera of Beijing and warned however, before possible "catastrophic consequences" for the profits of some US technology giants.
One of the other realities of this trade war is that these kinds of international stories are meeting more and more nationalists, China, and they are shying away from buying Apple and other US products, "Tangen said.
" Remember this is a market with over $ 350 billion in annual sales, sold by US companies in China. This could have catastrophic consequences for American companies, especially in terms of breakeven.
The spad also moved to Meng, Huawei's chief financial officer in Canada Wanzhou, who is also Ren's daughter, was arrested there in December following a US extradition request in connection with alleged violations of Washington's sanctions against Iran.
19659004] Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, two Canadians working in China, were arrested shortly thereafter and were formally charged with espionage last week, an action that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described as "unacceptable."
Kovrig is one former diplomat who now works with the international crisis group, a global think tank, as their senior adviser to Northeast Asia, while Spavor is a businessman, the men were only allowed to meet with consular officers once a month and were denied access to a lawyer .
Meng is on bail and lives in her villa in Vancouver.