Personal Note: Maybe it is too late for the founder of Huawei to talk about himself, his background and his relationship with or connection to the Chinese government! He has kept silent for too long, arousing suspicion of who he was and is and his true connection to the Chinese government. Now he declares his innocence of all charges against him…his hidden relationship with the Chinese government…will the world believe him? Steve, usa, feb 8, firstname.lastname@example.org blog – https://getting2knowyou-china.com
Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei breaks years of silence amid continued US attacks on Chinese tech giant
• The emergence of the reclusive Ren, who last spoke with foreign media in 2015, underscores the depth of recent attacks on Huawei
15 January, 2019 Iris Deng Bloomberg SCMP
Ren Zhengfei, the billionaire founder of Huawei Technologies, broke years of silence on Tuesday as his business empire faces its biggest crisis in more than three decades amid continued pressure from the US that its networking gear may pose a security threat.
The telecoms mogul called Donald Trump “a great president” and said he would take a wait-and-see approach to whether the US leader will intervene in the case of his eldest daughter and Huawei finance chief Meng Wanzhou.
Meng is in Canada facing extradition to the US, where authorities have accused her of fraudulently representing Huawei to evade US sanctions on Iran. She has denied any wrongdoing and said that she willcontestthe allegations if surrendered to the US.
The emergence of the reclusive Ren, who last spoke with foreign media in 2015, underscores the depth of the attacks on Huawei, the largest symbol of China’s growing technological might.
“I love my country, I support the Communist Party. But I will not do anything to harm the world,” the 74-year-old Ren told a select round table briefing, only his third formal chat with foreign reporters. “I don’t see acloseconnection between my personal political beliefs and the businesses of Huawei.”
The US has banned government use of Huawei’s technology products and services because ofsecurityconcerns. US security experts have warned of a range of potential security risks, including but not limited to the capacity to control telecommunications infrastructure and even conduct undetected espionage. It has pressed its allies to follow suit.
Japan has excluded Huawei from public procurement and Australia and New Zealand have effectively blocked Huawei from the roll-out of their 5G network infrastructure. The UK and Canada are also weighing the possible security risks posed by Huawei — along with a growing list of other European countries.
Huawei has consistently denied any connections with the military, saying that it is a private company part-owned by its employees and that governments need to ensure there is an objective basis for choosing technology vendors.
“Ren Zhengfei doesn’t give many interviews, but his decision to speak publicly seems like a smart move,” said Brock Silvers, Shanghai-based managing director of Kaiyuan Capital. “The threat to Huawei’s European business is real and it is understandably responding to it. Ren’s public comments today show how seriously he views the situation.”
Ren, who joined the Communist Party after leaving the People’s Liberation Army, stressed the potential for cooperation with the US. He played down Huawei’s role in current trade tensions between Washington and Beijing, which have rattled investors and corporations worldwide.
“Huawei is only a sesame seed in the trade conflict between China and the US,” Ren said from the company’s newest campus in the industrial city of Dongguan.
“Trump is a great president. He dares to massively cut tax, which will benefit the business. But you have to treat well the companies and countries so that they will be willing to invest in the US and the government will be able to collect enough tax.”
Meanwhile, China’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday urged Canada to release Meng immediately, saying the case was an abuse of legal procedure. Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the comment at a daily news briefing in Beijing.
Meng was released on bail five weeks ago and is living under restrictions in her multimillion-dollar Vancouver home while awaiting extradition proceedings.
The arrest in Poland last week of a sales executive accused of spying may have helped prompt Ren to personally marshal Huawei’s global response. The employee in Poland was subsequently fired by Huawei, which said the individual had brought the company into disrepute.
Ren expressed hope that Huawei could find a way forward with the US.
“Huawei is not a public company, we don’t need a beautiful earnings report,” Ren said. “If they don’t want Huawei to be in some markets, we can scale down a bit. As long as we can survive and feed our employees, there’s a future for us.”
Ren is a legendary figure in China’s business world and moves in the highest government circles. The self-made billionaire is the son of schoolteachers and grew up in a mountainous town in China’s poorest province, Guizhou.
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A survivor of China’s great famine between 1958 and 1961, Ren graduated from the Chongqing Institute of Civil Engineering and Architecture. He worked in the civil engineering industry until 1974 when he joined the PLA as an engineer – a connection that still provokes questions in the West about Huawei’stiesto the Chinese army and government.
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei on why he joined China’s Communist Party and the People’s Liberation Army
• Ren speaks of his time in the military and how he came to join the Chinese Communist Party
16 January, 2019 chua kong ho scmp
Before Huawei became the telecoms equipment giant that it is today, its founder Ren Zhengfei was part of an army crew sent to China’s frigid northeast. The mission: build a synthetic fibre factory so that every Chinese person had new clothes to wear.
“I joined the military during China’s Cultural Revolution. At that time, there was chaos almost everywhere, including in agriculture and the industry,” Ren, 74, told reporters at Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen this week. “The country was facing very difficult times. These difficulties were reflected in people’sdietsand clothing.”
Back then, every Chinese person was allotted one-third of a metre of cloth, which was enough only to patch holes, he said, according to a transcript of his comments provided by Huawei. “So I never wore clothes without patches when I was young.”
Transcript: Read the media Q&A with Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei
This picture of poverty painted by Ren, who grew up in a mountainous town in China’s poorest province, Guizhou, provides a stark contrast to the image of a strong and prosperous China that is being projected today, one of a nation that has landed a lunar probe on the far side of the moon and is competing with the US in advanced technologies from quantum computing to 5G telecommunications.
It also provides a glimpse into Ren’s motivation for joining the engineering corps of the People’s Liberation Army and later, the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
Ren, the son of schoolteachers and a survivor of China’s great famine between 1958 and 1961, said that while he supports the Communist Party, he will “never do anything to harm any other nation.”
He also said he does not see close connections between his personal political beliefs and Huawei’s actions as a business. Huawei will “certainly say no” to any request from China’s government to access data or create back doors to the networks, he said, adding that “we would rather shut Huawei down than do anything that would damage the interests of our customers to seek our own gains.”
Indeed, Ren may not have become a member of the Chinese Communist Party if not for a twist of fate.
He was unable to join the Party earlier, at a time when membership was required “even to become the head of a cooking team,” because his father was labelled a “capitalist roader” during the Cultural Revolution. That family connection ruled him out of membership.
Ren eventually joined the Party in 1978 with the help of his supervisor and Party organisations after his selection to the National Science Conference for inventing a crucial tool used for testing advanced equipment at the synthetic fibre factory.
By then, China was eager to promote feats of science and technology and undo the damage done by a decade of anti-intellectualism.
He became the deputy director of a small construction research institute with an equivalent rank of deputy regimental chief before being demobilised in 1983 when the government disbanded the entire engineering corps.
Ren established Huawei with a capital of 21,000 yuan in 1987. He expects annual revenue for the privately-held company to be around US$125 billion this year.
Asked how his experience in the military has shaped his management style with Huawei, Ren spoke of the harsh conditions that he and his compatriots had to endure in Liaoyang, a city located along the Taizi River, where temperatures can plunge to below minus-20 degrees Celsius.
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei breaks silence to defend against US attacks
In the beginning, “everyone slept on the grass” as there was nohousing, and even when accommodation was later built, it was so shabby that it provided little shelter from the wind and rain, he said.
The monthly ration for cooking oil was only 150 grams for the average person in northeast China, and pickled cabbages and radishes were the menu for six months of the year, plus sorghum.
At the same time, the synthetic fibre factory provided Ren with his first glimpse of what the world’s most advanced technology looked like, as the French company providing the equipment had a high level of automated controls that no Chinese companies had.
“We learned to endure hardship,” Ren said. “We learned from the world’s most advanced technology while living a life that could be seen as primitive.”
Today, Huawei is known in Chinese business circles for its “wolf culture” for being fearless and aggressive. Workers have also been known to pass out on office mattresses from exhaustion.
Ren cited examples of how Huawei employees risked their lives to restore 680 base stations within two weeks in the affected areas of the Fukushima nuclear-plant meltdown in Japan in 2011.
Many Huawei staff have contracted malaria in disease-stricken countries while doing their jobs.
Meng Wanzhou, his eldest daughter and the company’s chief financial officer, was one of two passengers on a plane from Hong Kong to Japan at the time of the Fukushima disaster, he said.
She currently remains out on bail in Canada while awaiting the outcome of an extradition request by the US.
American authorities have accused her of fraudulently representing Huawei to evade US sanctions on Iran. She has denied any wrongdoing and said that she willcontestthe allegations if surrendered to the US.