Huawei founder says US can't crush company, BBC reports

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Ren Zhengfei described the arrest of his daughter as politically motivated

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Ren Zhengfei described the arrest of his daughter as politically motivated

The founder of Huawei has said there is "no way the U.S. can crush" the company, in an exclusive interview with the BBC.

Over the weekend the United Kingdom said it would be able to mitigate the potential national security threat Huawei presents to the country's upcoming 5G networks without banning the use of the company's networking equipment.

In his latest statements, the BBC also quoted Ren as saying he objects to Washington's accusations against his daughter, Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.

Ren accused Washington of leading a politically motivated investigation into his firm.

Huawei Technologies Co.'s founder Ren Zhengfei said "there's no way the United States can crush us", according to an interview he gave to BBC. "This kind of politically motivated act is not acceptable", Ren told the BBC in an interview. The U.S. likes to sanction others.

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"We object to this", he said. "But now that we've gone down this path, we'll let the courts settle it", he said.

"There's no way the USA can crush us", he said in the BBC interview. "The world can not leave us because we are more advanced. Even if they persuade more companies not to use us, we could just scale things down a bit".

Just as the United Kingdom has indicated a level of trust in Huawei, so Huawei indicates that the feeling is mutual. He added: "We still trust in the United Kingdom and we hope that the United Kingdom will trust us even more. Because if the U.S. doesn't trust us, then we will shift our investment from the USA to the United Kingdom on an even bigger scale". "If the U.S. doesn't trust us, then we will shift our investment from the USA to the United Kingdom on an even bigger scale". More substantially, the firm says that it will never collaborate with the Chinese government.

The US believes insecurities in its systems could allow Chinese intelligence backdoor access to western telecoms networks - something the company denies.

He also slammed the USA for the arrest of his daughter on 1 December in Vancouver and 23 charges brought against her, including the charges of alleged attempted theft and trading the secrets. "And we won't install backdoors either". "If we have any such actions, then I'll shut the company down", he said.

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Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's founder and chief executive pledged not to share any customer information with the Chinese government and said the company had never done so, in an interview with CBS News that aired on Tuesday.

The US, Australia and New Zealand previous year blocked Huawei from participating in their respective 5G networks, with Canada and several European nations now weighing up their options.

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"And (for) the next 30 years to come, we will never do that".

Still, some signs of close links between Mr Ren and the government were revealed during the course of our interview.

But he explained that this was an old expired passport of Meng's and not because his family curried special favour with the government.

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