Huawei chief would be ‘the first to protest’ China retaliation to Trump ban

Huawei founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei, has been conducting a round of interviews last week, in response to the placement of his company on a list of bans from the United States. In speaking with Bloomberg he made the claim that he does not expect nor expect retaliation from the Chinese government against the Trump government's ban. A resolute Zhengfei says: "That will not happen in the first place, and secondly, if that happens, I will be the first to protest."

The notoriety revolves around the name of Huawei in the United States, and US security agencies denounce it as a threat to national security and urge consumers to stop buying Huawei Devices. Other accusations of intellectual property and theft of trade secrets also damage the reputation of the company, even if it is still difficult to find solid evidence of material irregularities. President Trump said recently that the measures taken by his government are more a measure of trade negotiation against China than a true national security response to Huawei.

In such circumstances, it might be reasonable for the Huawei boss to turn to the Chinese government to protect his company, but Zhengfei is taking a different approach. He says Huawei's current precarious situation is like driving an airplane with a hole in his side: it's not very good, but the plane is still up and the company will have to make the appropriate adjustments.

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