Huawei boss hopes for better relations with U.S.

Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei said he hopes the new US administration will take a softer approach towards the Chinese telecoms giant.

However, he doesn’t expect much to change over the short-term.

Mr Ren’s comments come as he challenges the Federal Communications Commission’s designation of Huawei as a threat to national security.

The company has long denied US claims that its equipment could be used for spying.

Huawei is one of a handful of Chinese tech firms that were targeted by former US president Donald Trump on the grounds of national security.

US government sanctions have stopped Huawei from accessing vital chipsets, a move which has hurt the company’s handset business.

Huawei has also been locked out of the development of 5G in a number of countries, including the UK.

Open trade

Mr Ren expressed hope for a new approach from US policymakers, saying a more open trade relationship would benefit both the US and Huawei.

“I hope the new US administration will come up with more open policies that are in the interests of US companies and the US economy as a whole,” he said.

However, he appeared to think little would change over the short-term, despite the change of administration in Washington.

Huawei is currently on the US Department of Commerce’s Entity List, which restricts its access to items produced with US technology and software.

“I think it’s very unlikely that the US will remove us from the Entity List. I won’t say it’s impossible, but it’s extremely unlikely,” Mr Ren said.

Mr Ren’s comments come as Huawei files a legal challenge against designating Huawei as a security threat.

– BBC

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