FILE PHOTO: Huawei CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei walks in Huawei’s headquarters in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, Guangdong province, in October 16, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
(Reuters) – Huawei Technologies founder and Chief Executive Ren Zhengfei told Bloomberg bloom.bg/2HT7DUY that retaliation by Beijing against Apple Inc was unlikely and that he would oppose any such move by China against the iPhone-maker.
When asked about calls from some in China to take revenge against Apple, Ren said that he would “protest” against such a step if it were to be taken by Beijing.
“That (Chinese retaliation against Apple) will not happen, firstly, and secondly, if that happens, I will be the first to protest,” Ren said in the interview with Bloomberg.
He admitted that export curbs from the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump will intersect in a two-year lead built by Huawei against its competitors, but added that the company either increase the chip supply or find alternatives to lead in smartphones and 5G.
Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Susan Thomas