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Huawei's elusive founder tries to dispel spying concerns, and air of mystery

Michael Kan | Jan. 23, 2015
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei gave a rare interview.

In response, Huawei has always denied any ties to the Chinese government, and insists it is a private company.

Despite the security claims against Huawei, the Chinese company did receive some vindication later, when former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked that the U.S. government had been secretly spying on China. This allegedly included creating backdoors into Huawei products, and even spying on Huawei executives.

On Thursday, however, Ren said that he felt the U.S. had never treated Huawei poorly. He even hopes his company can learn from the country on how to achieve greater "openness."

Many still misunderstand Huawei, thinking it had inside help to achieve its growth, or represents a business threat, he added. "But as long as we work hard, our identity will be proved."


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