Huawei’s Ren Zhengfei wants good ties with US partners despite trade wars

Huawei founder keen on keeping good ties with US partners

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei maintains that the U.S. continues to be a crucial part of Huawei’s success despite recent escalation in trade wars.

Huawei is presently the world biggest manufacturer and supplier of telecoms equipment. They own the biggest contract existing for the 5G rollout across China. Additionally, the Chinese company is also the chosen supplier for many countries’ future 5G plans.

The success of Huawei has been a Cinderella story. They only started meek and humble in their local market but has since then taken over the top ranks in the tech industry. They have even surpassed Apple as the world’s second-largest smartphone manufacturer for a certain period.

All the success is not solely China-based

Ren Zhengfei maintains that the success of his company cannot be credited only to Chinese ingenuity. He maintains the position that Huawei is successful because of crucial partnerships with other countries, especially the U.S.

According to the CEO, Huawei procured about an average of AU$ 18 billion worth of tech equipment and component from the US from the past few years. Last year, the big jump amounted up to $28 billion.

Despite the present trade war between the world superpower countries, Ren is keeping his connections with the U.S. suppliers intact. He said that the ‘U.S. will always be our good friend.’

Huawei has always had the option of pulling the rug out from under the U.S. yet they choose to stay true to their commitment with the China-U.S. partnership.

Scramble within Huawei

The Chinese company has been scrambling to keep its current users within the platform ever since the Google-Huawei fallout. Huawei has been forced to fast track the development of their own HarmonyOS. It is far from ready for rollout and the adaption to the new OS might be problematic.

Ren acknowledges this reality. The market according to him has already been saturated and taken over by a duopoly of Android and Apple. He chided that forcing users to another OS might take ‘no more than 300 hundred years‘ to achieve.

Huawei is still working round the clock despite having to move forward without Google services. Just last week, Huawei announced that they have already made Here WeGo available in their own AppGallery.

The presence of the legacy company within the Huawei ecosystem is a welcome addition for familiarity. The software support of Huawei still has a long way to go to fill the void that Google left. Nevertheless, the company remains positive especially with their strong presence in their local market.

Image courtesy of @HuaweiMobile/ Twitter

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