On May 21, at the headquarters of Huawei in Shenzhen, Huawei’s CEO, Ren Zhengfei, accepted an interview with many media outlets and he responded to a couple of issues. Regarding the possible impact of the US ban, Ren Zhengfei bluntly stated that Huawei’s 5G will never be affected. “In terms of 5G technology, others will not be able to catch up with Huawei in two or three years,” and the ban will not cause negative growth in Huawei’s development. It will not affect Huawei’s long-term development. In other words, the founder of the company is saying that the US can not truncate the growth of Huawei’s 5G.
For the US Department of Commerce’s 90-day “temporary license” to Huawei and its partners, Ren Zhengfei said that he was ready, and he was very grateful to the American companies for their contributions to Huawei. Ren Zhengfei said: “Everyone wants to marry American politicians. This is not a matter of American companies. The current practice of American politicians underestimates our strength.”
Regarding the core and basic chip issues, Ren Zhengfei emphasized that Huawei will not easily narrowly exclude US chips and grow together. Half of the chips used by Huawei during the “peace period” come from the United States and the other half comes from Huawei itself. If there is a supply shortage, Huawei has a backup. Huawei has high-end chips and can do the same chips as the US.
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He also revealed that Huawei was limited by the entity list a year ago, and parts manufactured in the United States could not be supplied to Huawei. Under the current situation, Ren Zhengfei acknowledged that Huawei will indeed be affected, but it can also stimulate China to develop the electronics industry in a down-to-earth manner. At the same time, Ren Zhengfei also suggested that it is impossible to build a chip by relying on one country. Although China has a lot of talents, it still needs to find talents all over the world. It is very difficult to rely solely on China’s independent innovation. Why can’t we embrace this world and rely on global innovation?
For the “prepared tires” plan proposed by He Sibo, President of Hess Semiconductor, Ren Zhengfei also mentioned for the first time that it purchase 50 million sets of Qualcomm chips every year. As long as the US government approves, it will purchase parts of American companies in the future. When talking about Google, Ren Zhengfei thinks that Google is a good company and a highly responsible company. Google and Huawei are also discussing how to deal with the solution.
At the same time, he also said that German chip manufacturer, Infineon, did not stop supplying to Huawei. In response to many people linking Huawei and Huawei mobile phones to patriotism and engaging in moral abduction, Ren Zhengfei refuted them. He said: “Our family is still using Apple’s mobile phone. Apple’s ecology is very good. When I go abroad, my family uses an Apple computer. I can’t narrowly think that I love Huawei as a mobile phone.”
N/B: Quote translations are a bit rusty