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HUAWEI founder says US sanctions won't affect core business, praises US firms

HUAWEI founder Ren Zhengfei has praised U.S. companies for their "conscientiousness" during this period.

Published onMay 21, 2019

HUAWEI P30 Pro standing (53 of 60)

Huawei has endured a torrid time this past week after the U.S. government ordered a trade ban against the company. The ban directly affects customers too, as Google and other U.S. tech companies were forced to cut all ties with the firm.

The U.S. issued a limited 90-day reprieve yesterday, allowing existing HUAWEI devices to continue to access official updates from Google. Nevertheless, HUAWEI founder Ren Zhengfei told the state-backed Global Times outlet that sanctions won’t damage its core operations.

“The company is able to continue providing products and services, and the U.S. sanctions will not hurt our core business,” Ren was quoted as saying. The HUAWEI founder also praised U.S. companies in the interview.

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“In such a critical moment, I’m grateful to U.S. companies, as they’ve contributed a lot to HUAWEI’s development and showed their conscientiousness on the matter,” Ren reportedly said. “As far as I know, U.S. companies have been making efforts to persuade the U.S. government to let them cooperate with HUAWEI.”

Google isn’t the only major tech company ordered to cut ties with HUAWEI, as the trade ban affects U.S. silicon giants Broadcom, Intel, and Qualcomm too. It’s believed that HUAWEI has a stockpile of components from these affected suppliers. But Ren told the outlet that it would always need U.S. chipsets and that the firm can’t reject them “with a narrow mind.”

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