In this news, we discuss the Huawei founder praises American technology at company first word since Biden inauguration
SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) – The United States remains a “beacon of technology” to emulate, and China’s Huawei Technology should consider cutting proceeds in the wake of US actions against it, Chinese company founder Ren Zhengfei said in remarks released Friday.
Ren’s comments, in a letter to staff dated June of last year, were first shared on a company message board, making it the company’s first public word since Joe Biden took over as President from Donald Trump.
Huawei has remained largely silent on its outlook under the Biden administration, after being the target of several rounds of sanctions under Trump, who said Huawei’s equipment posed a security risk. The company denies the accusation.
In a parting photo on Monday, the Commerce Department told semiconductor makers it would deny or revoke licenses for companies like chipmaker Intel Corp to sell products to Huawei, Reuters told Reuters people familiar with the matter.
Ren’s letter said US stocks had left Huawei “with a great mismatch between our strategy and our capabilities, and the company will need to re-evaluate some product lines and consider cutting back on some unproductive products and employees.
The letter was released publicly after the former Huawei Honor sub-brand announced new sourcing partnerships with major chip companies, including Intel and Qualcomm, to which it had previously lost access due to the action. American against the parent company.
Huawei sold Honor to a consortium of agents and resellers of the latter in November in an effort to help it regain access to chips.
Ren’s letter also said that while the company will keep its salary structure unchanged over the next three to five years, hundreds of senior “executives” have voluntarily demoted.
The letter did not specifically mention the Biden administration, although analysts said the company would need a reprieve from Washington to revive its hampered telephony and 5G infrastructure business.
“The United States is still the world’s beacon of technology, and we have to learn all we can from advanced people,” Ren said.
Reporting by David Kirton; edited by Philippa Fletcher
Original © Thomson Reuters
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