Huawei CEO: We can survive an even tougher fight with the United States

Davos, Switzerland (CNN Business)Huawei’s founder and CEO had a confident message for the business leaders and politicians gathering in Davos: His company can withstand even greater hostility from the United States.

“Since we already gained experience from last year and we got a stronger team, I think we are more confident that we can survive even further attacks,” Ren Zhengfei said Tuesday during a panel at the World Economic Forum.

Despite a fragile truce between China and the United States on trade, with the “phase one” deal signed in Washington last week, the world’s two largest economies remain locked in a battle over tech supremacy. Huawei is at the center of that fight.

Last year, the United States placed the Chinese smartphone and telecom equipment maker on an export blacklist, restricting its ability to buy components from American suppliers. Bloomberg has reported that the US government is weighing even tougher limits on the company.


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