The founder of the Chinese technology giant Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, acknowledged today that the president of the United States, Donald Trump, hit him "so hard" with the attack on his company that he had to postpone his intention to retire and take the lead in defense of the company's image.
Also, Ren, 75, ruled out that the confrontation between China and the United States for world supremacy could lead to a technological decoupling between the two largest economies on the planet.
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“Today we are in a digital world where divisions like those of the Berlin wall cannot be made. That would be very bad for the United States, whose companies are the best but could not sell their products in the other block, which would cause them serious losses, ”he said.
He also referred to the commercial conflict between the two major powers in the world. "I do not understand why the United States and China entered into a trade war, I do not know if the one who has unleashed this war is a little sorry, I do not know if he has confidence that his country will win it," he said.
Regarding the possibility that there will be no more extensions for the entry into force of the ban on US companies to trade with Huawei, Ren acknowledged that manufacturing a processor “is a very complicated task” but said that, even so, they have been “ able to develop ”their own chips.
"Extensions no longer matter to us, whether or not we can continue moving forward," he said and stressed that "Harmony," the operating system developed by Huawei, is "fully open source" so all countries can use it to protect the digital sovereignty of each one.
Ren said that without American companies such as Google, they will be able to continue offering their customers "the best technological solutions", although he admitted that they prefer "not to exclude" their US suppliers, from which they continue to buy components "in large quantities."
"The development of the components on our part is not a long-term strategy, we are very committed to globalization," he said.
Regarding Latin America, Ren estimated that Chinese investment can “serve as the ladder” whereby the region “gets out of the middle income trap”, the theory of some economists that would explain why some countries seem unable to get out of a situation halfway between poverty and prosperity.
“For many years Latin America has been the backyard of the United States and they want to control that region. Now, with China investing there, sovereignty is not affected because the Chinese do not interfere, ”he said.
As for Spain, Ren rejected that the Government of Madrid may be losing confidence in its company after the Spanish Ministry of Defense has discouraged its employees from using Huawei devices to connect to its internal network.
"We are convinced that the 5G network in Spain will be the best in Europe, it will be an example for the entire Old Continent," he said and said that the Spanish telecommunications company Telefónica "has all its support" for the Huawei 5G network deployment throughout Latin America.
He also seemed to want to downplay the detention in Canada of his daughter and Huawei financial director, Meng Wanzhou, at the request of the United States by ensuring that he has not "been so affected" and explain that he has not yet visited her in the North American country, where he remains on bail.
Inquired by his opinion about the Internet situation in China, where access to a multitude of Western websites is restricted, the head of the leading company of the mobile Internet settled the issue with a laconic: “I have no opinion because I do not dedicate myself to the Internet "
The flagship commander of the Chinese innovation stressed that in the future the most important technology will be Artificial Intelligence (AI) and predicted that many companies that operate with it will be "very profitable," including Huawei.
"I have a lot of confidence in Artificial Intelligence because it is a very effective instrument to improve productivity," he said and stressed that this technology will allow, together with 5G networks, to have, for example, "autonomous farms and autonomous mines."
In his opinion, AI will reduce staff and working time in the company, so that people can devote more to the arts or leisure, so there will also be "less union conflicts."