Ren Zhengfei – the reclusive founder of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co. – told media that his company has and never will partake in espionage activity on behalf of the Chinese government, a month after his daughter was arrested in Canada for fraudulent business activity, the Wall Street Journal reports.
“No law requires any company in China to install mandatory back doors,” Ren said Tuesday, meaning Beijing officials did not have a right to access any data on Huawei devices. “I personally would never harm the interest of my customers and me, and my company would not answer to such requests.”
The US has led a resistance among several Western governments to the use of Huawei products under fears that the company is being directed by Beijing to infiltrate technological infrastructures.
As the Journal notes, Chinese law states that all companies are required to supply the government with customer data in cases related to national security, which is often a broadly-defined category.
Ren also praised Donald Trump as a “great president” and warned that the ongoing trade war would be harmful to the tech sector.
“In the information society, interdependence between one another is very significant,” he said. “That interdependence is what’s driving human progress forward more rapidly.”