Huawei’s founder is striking a defiant tone in the face of American attempts to curb the Chinese tech giant’s international reach and prosecute his daughter.
“There’s no way the US can crush us,” Ren Zhengfei said in an interview with the BBC that aired Tuesday. “The world needs Huawei because we are more advanced.”
Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker, is battling a US-led campaign to persuade American allies to shut the company’s technology out of super-fast 5G networks.
Australia and New Zealand have already restricted mobile operators from using Huawei gear for 5G. The United Kingdom, Germany and others are considering whether to clamp down as well.