Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei has lashed out at the United States and specifically President Trump in interviews with Germany's Wirtschaftswoche and Handelsblatt newspapers at a key moment that Germany is mulling whether to allow the Chinese company's ultra-high speed 5G internet technology under a proposed "no spy agreement".
Zhengfei likened Trump's recent remarks delineating 5G as a threat that requires to US to stay "guarded from the enemy, and we do have enemies out there" as full of exaggerated fears akin to a "nuclear bomb". Zhengfei said in an interview that “Unfortunately, the US sees 5G technology as a strategic weapon,” and added, “For them it is a kind of nuclear bomb.”
Currently, the US, Australia, New Zealand, and even Japan have issued blanket bans on the Chinese company's technology from being sold or implemented in their countries. And other so-called "Five Eyes" intelligence sharing countries the UK and Canada are reportedly strongly considering a ban.
Germany this week has indicated there are no plans in place to prevent the Chinese telecommunications giant from participating in building Germany's ultra-high speed 5G internet.
Zhengfei told German news outlets that he's assured the country’s telecommunications regulator that no surveillance "backdoors" on its 5G equipment in the country would be possible.
He warned in this week's German media interviews, "If the West does not want a new Cold War, it must remain open and accept the rise of other countries."
According to the CEO: “We should focus again on economic development and create peace,” rather than trade wars and leveling accusations of trade secrets thefts.
Zhengfei further vowed that he would personally urge the Chinese government to sign a ‘no-spy agreement’ with Germany, committing Huawei and other firms to abiding by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The Huawei founder and chief also days ago said he believes there's a likelihood that the arrest of his daughter Meng Wanzhou in December was politically motivated. He said "maybe" when asked by CNBC if Meng was being held “hostage” due to the ongoing U.S.-China trade war.