PekingAfter US sanctions against the Chinese Huawei Group, its boss Ren Zhengfei has sharply criticized US President Donald Trump. “I see his tweets and find it ridiculous because they disagree,” said Ren Zhengfei in an interview published on Monday by financial services Bloomberg.
The head of the smartphone provider and network outfitter referred to a statement by Trump, according to which the sanctions imposed on Huawei could also become part of the negotiations on a trade agreement between China and the United States. Ren Zhengfei asked his concern about the trade dispute and called Trump's proposal a “big joke.”
The US previously placed Huawei on a blacklist of companies whose business relationships with US partners are subject to strict controls. Trump justified his steps with safety concerns against technology from China. Also, since the allegations have not yet been substantiated, many experts see the sanctions in the context of the trade conflict between the US and China.
Allegations of technology theft were rejected by Ren Zhengfei in the interview. “We are ahead of the US,” he said, “If we were behind, Trump would not have to attack us so hard.”
Ren Zhengfei criticized the possibility that China could retaliate against US rival Apple. “That will not happen first. And if it does happen, I'll be the first to protest, “he said. Apple is for him a teacher who is in the lead. “Why would I act as a student against my teacher? Never, “said Ren Zhengfei. Huawei had recently displaced Apple from second place in the ranking of the largest smartphone providers for sold quantities.
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