Huawei founder says will not share data with China: CBS News

The logo of Huawei is pictured on the front of the German headquarters of the Chinese telecommunications giant in Dusseldorf, Germany, February 18, 2019. REUTERS/Wolfgang rattay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, founder and chief executive promised not to share customer information with the Chinese government and said that the company had never done, in an interview with CBS News that aired on Tuesday.

Asked whether it had shared information with the government of China, Huawei’s Ren Zhengfei said in a translated interview with the tv news outlet: “in the past 30 years, we have never done. And (for) the next 30 years we will never do that.”

Ren also said that the company did not have a door to share customer data with Beijing, without his knowledge.

“It is not possible,” he told CBS, saying: if there were such an opening in the United States would have discovered it already.

On Monday, Sprint said in a separate interview with the BBC that the technology company would not undertake any espionage activities, and that it could shift its activities and investments to other countries, to the middle of an ongoing US pressure campaign.

The United States is an appeal to the allies not to use technology of Huawei, the world’s largest producer of telecommunications equipment, in the midst of the concerns about the relationship with the Chinese government and accusations has enabled espionage.

Huawei has repeatedly denied such claims.

Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Steve Orlofsky

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