On October 16, Ren Zhengfei responded to the interview with Japan’s Kyodo News in Shenzhen that “the contradiction between China and the United States is mainly the competition for 5G high-tech hegemony”. Ren Zhengfei expressed disapproval of the hegemonic battle of technology and the path of full self-reliance. It believes that globalization is interdependent, and a company that makes a product alone will certainly fall behind. Through the global division of labor, we will integrate the best components from each company into the best products for humanity.
“We are now using our own parts to survive the crisis of the United States and may survive. But we cannot guarantee that we will be the most advanced or leading after three or five years, so we must rely on the global division of labor to cooperate. Japan has a particularly good place, the United States has a particularly good place, Europe has a particularly good place, and China has a certain amount of effort, and everyone can add up to become the best thing in the world. Therefore, the world must adhere to the world. The road is not shaken.” Ren Zhengfei responded.
Regarding the “list of entities”, Ren Zhengfei said that he does not worry that the list of US entities poses a threat to Huawei’s survival, but there are certain concerns about whether Huawei is still an advanced company after three to five years. Ren Zhengfei believes: “Science and technology between China and the United States will not be decoupled, or they must be interdependent. The list of entities is not revoked, only Huawei is blocked, and other companies can still buy American things. Huawei’s energy is not enough to change the track of globalization. There are still many companies that are not sanctioned, and the road to globalization is moving forward. Huawei is only a small “rice grain” in the process of economic development, and its impact on society will not be so great.”
What kind of role does Huawei play in the 5G society? Ren Zhengfei believes that on 5G, Huawei is temporarily ahead of its time and has a lot of investment. This is only temporary. Huawei is also launching research 6G at the same time, but because 6G uses high frequency, wide bandwidth, and weak coverage, it is temporarily not the main force. The use of 6G may take up to ten years. At the same time, Ren Zhengfei said that Huawei will continue to purchase Japanese devices in large quantities.
It is understood that Huawei currently has operations in more than 170 countries around the world, with 194,000 employees, including more than 30,000 foreign employees. Regarding the reporter’s question, “Is there any consideration for Huawei to introduce more local executives to the board of directors or local subsidiaries, is this possible to further realize Huawei’s openness and transparency?”
Ren Zhengfei said: “There are many foreign employees on the board of directors of the grassroots subsidiaries. On the board of directors of the head office, the most important thing is to have qualifications. If the foreign employees are not from the grassroots level of Huawei, then entering the board of directors is only a display and has no power. Because the board members are all on their own, not my appointment, they have a “mountain”, which takes up a position. Therefore, foreign employees need to be like this to occupy the position; we are very open to foreign employees. 2/3 of FELLOW’s skilled workers are foreign.”