Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has downplayed the influence of the US govt order that might cripple Huawei’s capability to collaborate with American firms like Google and Qualcomm. In feedback to Chinese media gathered on the firm’s Shenzhen headquarters,  Ren says the 90-day extension to normal enterprise relations granted by the US received’t make a lot distinction to Huawei as a result of firm’s current contingency plans.

“In such a vital second, I’m grateful to US firms, as they’ve contributed so much to Huawei’s growth and confirmed their conscientiousness on the matter,” Ren says. “So far as I do know, US firms have been making efforts to influence the US authorities to allow them to cooperate with Huawei … We at all times want US-developed chipsets, and we can exclude American merchandise with narrow thoughts.”

Ren says that the commerce restrictions gained’t have an effect on Huawei’s 5G rollout and doesn’t count on anybody to catch as much as the corporate’s expertise within the subsequent two to a few years, according to Reuters, which quotes him as including that the US authorities are “underestimating Huawei’s capabilities.”

Ren, 74, is a famously non-public particular person who rarely gives interviews; however, he’s discovered himself within the limelight extra typically of late as a result of the current escalation of pressure between his firm and the US — not least the US-ordered arrest of his daughter, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. Ren’s time as an engineer within the People’s Liberation Army earlier than founding Huawei has additionally added to the air of suspicion over the corporate.

Google dismissed Huawei’s Android license on Sunday in compliance with President Trump’s executive order, whereas Intel and Qualcomm have reportedly instructed staff to cease working with the Chinese telecoms large. The strikes would prevent Huawei from selling devices working Google apps and the Play Store, in addition to constructing phones with US-made elements, however, Huawei says it has built another OS and stockpiled hardware for this eventuality.