Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei said the United States “underestimates” his company and that the telecommunications giant’s plans in its 5G technology program will not be affected by Washington’s decisions to block it.
“American politicians, with their way of acting today, show that they underestimate our strength,” Ren said in an interview with state television CCTV and other media, adding that the company has chip reserves and “cannot be isolated” of the world in this regard.
In a context of commercial war and technological rivalry between Beijing and Washington, President Donald Trump decided last week to ban exports of US technology products to certain companies considered “at risk” for national security.
Huawei is in the spotlight of the US president. The world leader in 5G technology (the fifth generation of cellular technology), explicitly appeared on a blacklist in Washington.
“Huawei’s 5G network will not be affected at all,” Ren Zhengfei promised in the CCTV interview.
“In terms of 5G technology, that the other companies reach Huawei is not a matter of two or three years,” he said.
The giant Google, whose Android system equips the vast majority of smartphones in the world, announced Sunday that it would have to cut the bridges with Huawei, which would deprive the Chinese group of accessing certain Android services and its popular Gmail applications or Google Maps
This decision also affects a range of US companies, from software providers to semiconductor manufacturers that supply Huawei, in 2018, the Chinese company invested $11 billion in the purchase of components from US companies.
This is Huawei’s “Plan B” in the face of the US blockade
“We are not going to move on to American chips now, lightly and on a whim. We must grow together [with manufacturing companies],” Ren Zhengfei said.
“But in case of difficulty of supply, we have spare solutions. In the peace period, that is, before the commercial war began, we supplied 50% with chips from the United States and another 50% with those from Huawei. We cannot be isolated from the rest of the world,” he insisted.
The US authorities seemed to try to calm the situation by decreeing a delay of 90 days before imposing the sanctions, so that Huawei and its business partners can adapt.