UPDATED 2:20 PM PT – Mon. May 27, 2019
The founder of Chinese Telecom Huawei says he is prepared for a drawn out fight with the U.S.
During a recent interview, the tech CEO remained defiant that the recent black list against the company will ultimately not effect business.
He did concede however, the Trump administration’s trade tariffs will make it more difficult for Huawei to compete with it’s rival companies.
He also said he was not prepared to back down in the face of American trade pressure.
“There is the possibility this may become long-lasting,” said Ren Zhengfei. “We’ve prepared for a protracted battle, not for a short one. Maybe we will become stronger through the long-term fight. After we go through the break-in period of our products, we may become stronger.”
The founder also went on to reject claims Huawei would be a part of sanctions negotiations between Washington and Beijing, implying he has no interest in negotiating with the White House.