"There's no way the US can crush us," said Ren Zhengfei in an interview with the BBC that aired Tuesday. Huawei, the world's largest telecom equipment maker, is battling and a US-led campaign to persuade American allies to shut down the company's technology out of super-fast 5G networks.
Australia and New Zealand have already restricted mobile operators from using Huawei gear for 5G. The United Kingdom, Germany and others are considering whether to clamp down as well.
The US government argues that Huawei's products could be exploited by Chinese intelligence services for spying – a claim the company has repeatedly denied.
US prosecutors have also denounced Huawei and his chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, on charges of bank fraud and sanctions of evasion. Meng, one of Ren's two daughters, was arrested in Canada in December and faces possible extradition to the United States
The US offensive against Huawei has strained relations between Washington and Beijing, and threatens to interrupt the deployment of 5G networks around the
"We must protect our critical telecom infrastructure and America is calling on all our security partners to be vigilant and to deny any enterprise that would compromise the integrity of our communications technology or our national security systems," the US Vice President ”
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Ren, 74, founded Huawei 32 years ago after serving in Chinese military as an engineer and working in the oil industry.
Ren, who retains the title of CEO, told the BBC that even if the government is not a member of the country, "If the lights go out in the West, the East will still shine," he said. "If the lights go out in the West, the East will still shine," he said. "And if the North goes dark, then there is still the South. America does not represent the world."
Analysts agree that Huawei's vast global business, which is strong in many emerging markets, could survive even if the US government persuades more of its allies to exclude company products from 5G networks. The company is widely seen as outpacing its major rivals in 5G technology, making it almost irreplaceable for some wireless carries
Huawei is also a top smartphone maker and aims to overtake Samsung as the world's largest next year. it's still vulnerable. Analysts say the Trump administration could use the recent indictment of Huawei to ban it from buying vital components from US companies. That would almost certainly plunge Huawei into a crisis similar to that suffered by his smaller Chinese rival ZTE ( ZTCOF ) which was crippled for months by a similar ban last year .
Ren told the BBC he objects to the US extradition request for his daughter, claiming it's "politically motivated."
Huawei and Meng both denied the charges brought against them last month by US prosecutors.
"They may have thought if they arrested Huawei will fall, but we did not fall," he said. "We're still moving forward."
In comments to the media last month, Ren said he misses Meng very much, but also gave an ambivalent description of their relationship  "It's a close relationship in some aspects and not so close in others, "he said.
" Throughout her childhood, I was in the military, which means that every year I was away for 11 months, spending one month with my family, "he said. "In the years, he said, he was fighting for the survival of Huawei, working regularly for 16 hours.
'We still trust in the UK'
The Chinese government has vigorously defended Huawei as it has come under increasing US pressure and demanded the immediate release of Meng. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Monday that Pence's comments in Munich were "hypocritical, immoral, unfair and bullying."
She reiterated Beijing's criticism that the US government is aiming to "crack down on legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies, fabricating lies and intervening in economic activities by political means."
A potential crack emerged this week in the alliance the United States is trying to build against Huawei.
UK intelligence services have concluded that there are ways to limit the risks of using Huawei equipment to build 5G networks, according to a report by the Financial Times. The UK government, which is a member of a key intelligence-sharing alliance with the United States, said in response to the report that it expects to complete its security review of 5G network technology in the spring but no decision has yet been reached.
Huawei is already largely shut out of the American telecommunications equipment market, and Ren told the BBC that if US government continues to oppose investment from the company, it will simply move more business to the United Kingdom. will continue to invest in the UK, "he said. "We still trust in the UK, and we hope that the UK will trust us even more."