United States attacks can not stop Huawei from moving forward: Ren

Doris Richards
June 19, 2019

The United States has put Huawei on an export blacklist citing national security issues, barring USA suppliers from selling to the world's largest telecommunications equipment maker and No.2 maker of smartphones, without special approval.

"We didn't expect the USA would so resolutely attack Huawei".

"We did not expect they would attack us on so many aspects", Ren said, according to Reuters. "We are not only banned from providing targeted components but also from joining a lot of worldwide organizations, collaborating with many universities, using anything with American components or even connecting to networks that use American parts".

American chip manufacturers that have had business ties with Huawei, including Qualcomm and Intel, among others, are quietly pressing the United States government to ease its ban on sales to the Chinese telecom giant, according to executives from the USA companies cited by Reuters. Financially speaking, the company has lowered its revenue estimates to $100 billion, which is $30 billion less than the initial target. But the Chinese market is growing rapidly, he said, and Huawei will not allow restrictive measures to curb its research and development.

The SIA said it argued that devices such as smartphones and smart watches, which do not have an appreciable national security impact, should be exempt from the sales ban. While he did not give the time period, a spokesman clarified he was referring to the past month. Now, Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei has revealed a rather massive nugget of information that puts the struggle in perspective.

The comments came after Huawei said earlier that it would sell its 51 percent stake in Huawei Marine Networks, a global submarine network provider and a joint venture between Huawei and United Kingdom-based undersea cable company Global Marine Systems.

Lyu Tingjie, a telecom professor at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, said any harm to Huawei will have broader ripple effects across the global tech arena and beyond due to the company's huge size and its technological prowess in 5G.

"Our President has already said publicly that he would reconsider Huawei if we can make a trade deal", the former Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor pointed out.

Huawei is expected to face challenges finding alternative suppliers for components, though IHS says Micron and Western Digital could eventually be replaced by South Korean and Taiwanese suppliers.

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