Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei called for a reset in relations between the United States and the Chinese tech giant, in his first public remarks since the management change in Washington.
Speaking to the international media in China for the first time in more than a year, Chengfei expressed his desire to speak with President Biden, and said that he hopes for an open policy from the new administration in favor of American companies and the economic development of the United States.
Chengfei hopes for a softer approach to the Chinese telecoms giant he founded after nearly two years of pressure from Washington.
Chengfei said in the Chinese comments – translated by an official translator – published by the network CNBC And theFrance Press agencyA: I welcome such phone calls. The message is about common development and common success. The United States wants to have economic growth and China wants to have economic growth as well.
And the founder of Huawei continued: If Huawei’s production capacity can be expanded, then that means more opportunities for American companies to supply as well, and I think this will be beneficial for both parties, and I think the new administration takes into account commercial interests because it is about to decide its new policy.
“We still hope that we can purchase large quantities of American materials, components and equipment so that we can all benefit from China’s growth,” he added.
Huawei cannot currently do business with US companies because the Trump administration has placed it on the Commerce Department’s trade blacklist, citing national security concerns.
Along with other problems, this means that Huawei is unable to license Android from Google, which severely hinders smartphone business outside China.
This prompted Huawei to sell its subsidiary, Honor, in order to protect the brand and allow it to continue producing smartphones, but Zhengfei rejected rumors that Huawei may do the same with its smartphone division.
He said: We have decided that we will never sell our consumer devices and our smart phone business, and Huawei will not invest in chip technology.
Huawei’s founder reportedly described the iPhone 12 as the best smartphone in the world, and said it helped make Huawei’s 5G networks fit.
He added: Premium customers in Europe love Apple, and given that Huawei now no longer has premium phones, Apple phones have helped us prove that Huawei’s 5G technology is good.