SHENZHEN, China – The rotating chairman of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei insisted on Friday that no product made by the company included the ability to access a device and control it without the knowledge of the user.
At a press conference in Shenzhen, southern China, where he presented the company’s annual results, Guo Ping said that Huawei complies with all laws and regulations of every country where it does business despite the allegations of espionage leveled against the Chinese company by the United States.
He said that Huawei was willing to cooperate in any investigations and that the US had no reason to impose sanctions on the company, adding that Huawei has carried out stricter and more rigorous tests on its products than regulations require.
Guo’s statements came three weeks after Huawei filed a lawsuit against the US government for banning the use of the company’s equipment.
Huawei’s Chief Legal Officer, Song Liuping, at the press conference described the US measure as unconstitutional and said it was a political matter beyond any legal consideration.
Song said that the case was still ongoing and he expected the courts to give the company a fair judgment.
Guo accused the US – despite it being the most powerful country in the world – of demonstrating a poor attitude for being unable to compete with Huawei, in a clear reference to the introduction of 5G technology, of which Huawei is the main promoter.
Regarding cybersecurity, Guo said that it was a global challenge and that Huawei was committed to working with organizations to improve security.
He said that Huawei will be improving the capacity of its software and will have to make sure that the company is reliable in the coming years as it did not wish to be discriminated against by any country or company.
Former People’s Liberation Army engineer Ren Zhengfei founded Huawei in 1987 in Shenzhen.
Worries that the company’s equipment might be designed to allow access to communist China’s government and security forces are behind doubts about the security of Huawei’s products in many Western countries.