Huawei plans to shift research centre to Canada from US: Ren Zhengfei

Reuters Bengaluru | Updated on December 03, 2019

Ren Zhengfei, Huawei Technologies’ founder and CEO. File Photo   -  Reuters

Huawei Technologies’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, said that the company plans to shift its research centre to Canada from the United States (US).

He had earlier stated that the US is weighing expanding its power to stop more foreign shipments of products with US technology to Huawei. The US Commerce Department, in May, placed Huawei on a trade blacklist, citing national security concerns.

“Huawei's centre for research and development will be moved out of the United States. And that will be relocated to Canada,” Ren said in an interview.

He added that the company will also manufacture some mobile network equipment outside China.

The Huawei founder wants to build new factory capacity in Europe to make fifth-generation (5G) networking equipment there, hoping to assuage fears stemming from US allegations that its product could be used by China for spying, media reports stated.

Huawei was not immediately available to comment on Ren's interview when contacted by Reuters. The firm has previously denied it is a risk to US national security.

The media reported that the company spent $510 million on the operations of its US research arm last year. It has now trimmed the arm's work force by 600 to about 250.

Ren's daughter and Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested by Canadian police on a US warrant in late 2018, is fighting extradition to the US on charges of violating sanctions against Iran. She is currently out on bail.

Huawei has denied the charges and China has urged Canada to release her. Commenting on her case, Ren said that it is an example of obvious political interference from the US.

Published on December 03, 2019

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