In 2018, the Trump administration effectively banned Chinese telecom provider and phone manufacturer Huawei from doing business in the United States based on allegations that the Chinese government uses Huawei equipment to spy on foreign nations. A number of US allies have since followed suit, and the United States further tightened restrictions on Huawei’s access to American chips in August, 2020. Meanwhile, Huawei continues to deny any wrongdoing. Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei addressed these issues in one installment of the panel series “A Coffee with Ren” hosted by Huawei in Shenzhen. Here is a summary of Ren’s commentary during the panel discussion.
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Ren Zhengfei is a Chinese entrepreneur and engineer. He is the founder and CEO of Shenzhen-based Huawei, the world’s largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment and the second-largest manufacturer of smartphones.