Huawei has become a victim of an ongoing trade war between America and China after Trump decided to add the company in a blacklist that restricts it to buy any American component and software. But Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei recently said in an interview that this situation won’t arise, and if it really happens, he would be the first person to protest.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Zhegfei said, “I neither expect nor hope for retaliation from the Chinese government against this ban. First of all, I believe that it is not going to happen, but if it happens, I would be the first one to protest.”
Though the commerce department has said that it would give a 90-day reprieve to Huawei, allowing them to continue doing business with American firms, the sword of a ban on the Chinese telecom giant is still hanging. As an adverse effect of this order, Google announced that it would stop licensing its Android mobile OS to Huawei. On the other hand companies like Intel, Qualcomm and Broadcom reportedly cut supplies of their hardware components. All these are key components to make the device functional. The SD card association too dropped the troubled smartphone marker from its member list. Also, the Wi-Fi Alliance said that it had ‘temporarily restricted’ Huawei’s membership in support of US ban.
In this moment of crisis, Huawei chief could look up to the Chinese government to shield his company, but Ren Zhengfei has taken a different approach. He still believes that the company’s situation is like managing a plane with a hole in its side; which is difficult, but the plane is still up and the company will do appropriate adjustments to keep it flying.