In an interview with Bloomberg via translator, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei said he would “be the first to protest” if China were to impose a similar ban on Apple’s US-made iPhone devices in China.
“There have been calls by some in China for Beijing to retaliate against Apple,” Bloomberg began. “Is that an action that China should be looking at taking?”
“That will not happen,” Zhengfei responded. “If that happens, I’ll be the first to protest. Apple is the world’s leading company. If there was no Apple, there would be no mobile internet.
If there was no Apple to help show us the world, we would not see the beauty of this world. Apple is my teacher – it’s advancing in front of us. As a student, why should I oppose my teacher? I would never do that.”
When asked about Huawei’s goal of becoming the world’s leading smartphone maker, Zhengfei responded by saying that, as a private company, it’s not just pursuing growth or profit, and that it’s “good enough for us to just survive”.
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“Of the chips we’ve been using, half are from US companies and half we produce ourselves. If the US imposes further restrictions on us, we’ll reduce our purchases from the US and use more of our own chips,” Zhengfei reasoned, when asked about restrictions on US-made hardware and software.