Huawei VP Speaks Out As Trump Starts Losing In Ban War

A man walks past a Huawei shop in Beijing, China, March 7, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

Huawei's Vice President for western Europe Tim Watkins has reiterated that Beijing never asked the company to spy on the United States government or other countries. He cited founder Ren Zhengfei's earlier statements of closing down the firm if it is forced to violate international laws.

According to The Guardian, Watkins quoted Ren as saying that he would "shut the company down" if, at any time, the Chinese government under President Xi Jinping asked the firm to perform spying tasks.

Watkins' comments came amid the firing up dispute between China and the U.S. While the White House has accused the Chinese telecoms giant of spying, no evidence relating to the allegations has been released to the public so far.

U.S. President Donald Trump waged war against Chinese tech giant Huawei and it has been a messy one, analysts said. However, experts noted that the former business mogul has not secured the support he expected and appears to be on the losing end.

According to a Bloomberg report, only a few of the United States' supposed allies have heeded his call to completely ban the Chinese smartphone behemoth from 5G network projects.

In Europe, no country has ordered a blanket ban on China's leading smartphone provider. While U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in London last week that it's time the U.K. block Huawei from its 5G projects, Parliament has not done so yet.

It is worth noting that many European carriers are trying to block potential bans on Huawei because of their dependence on equipment provided by the Chinese company. Vodafone is just among the cluster of European firms that support the Chinese tech provider.

The outlet pointed out that while some countries have considered or deliberated on U.S. claims against the Honor maker, most of the warnings have been ignored. Experts say one of the reasons behind a lack of interest in Trump's war initiation is because of product quality.

CEO of Eastern Oregon Telecom Joseph Franell said Huawei's equipment and technology are cheaper than its counterparts but with high reliability and quality.

Despite continued threats and the arrest of CFO Meng Wanzhou in December, the company proved resilience and instead expanded in revenue and reach. It has overtaken Apple as the world's second largest smartphone manufacturer.

Huawei doesn't seem to have any plans of stopping as global market shares in telecom equipment soared by 29 percent last year. The firm's financial dominance is also starting to get attention from investors around the world.

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