There have been reports of a Chinese retaliation against Apple after Huawei found itself banned from working with U.S.-based companies, preventing it from being able to produce Android phones and other devices. However, the company’s CEO says that he would not back such a boycott.
Instead, Ren Zhengfei says that neither Apple nor Huawei should be held responsible for anything their respective countries do, suggesting that he believes that Apple is his “teacher” and that he wouldn’t “go against it” when speaking with Bloomberg.
Some speculate China might retaliate against the ban of Huawei — which may widen to include some of its most promising AI firms — by in turn barring America’s largest corporations from its own markets. Apple Inc. could relinquish nearly a third of its profit if China banned its products, Goldman Sachs analysts estimate.
Ren said he would object to any [Chinese retaliation against Apple.]
“That will not happen, first of all. And second of all, if that happens, I’ll be the first to protest,” Ren said in the interview. “Apple is my teacher, it’s in the lead. As a student, why go against my teacher? Never.”
Huawei has long been accused of taking Apple’s designs and then copying them wholesale, so it’s particular interesting to hear that the company’s CEO believes that Apple is teaching him. Huawei has also been accused of stealing technology from other companies, including T-Mobile and Cisco. Understandably, that’s something the CEO denies.
“I stole the American technologies from tomorrow. The U.S. doesn’t even have those technologies,” he said. “We are ahead of the U.S. If we were behind, there would be no need for Trump to strenuously attack us.”
The whole interview is well worth a read, and it’s clear that Huawei has no intention of letting the current trade war between the United States and China get in its way.
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