“I love this country [China], and I hope that it will be prosperous and no longer be bullied by others,” Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei told his interviewer on Sunday.
On the evening of May 26, Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei gave an exclusive interview to CCTV at the tech giant’s Shenzhen headquarters. Throughout the interview, Ren shared his thoughts on the ongoing trade friction between China and the United States, and the education problems that China is currently facing.
To Ren, Huawei is full of talent, and if needed, could recruit even more bright people from all over the world. The founder claims that Huawei is capable of offering positions with five or six times the average salary to hire the most capable talent into the company.
In Ren’s view, the U.S. ban on Huawei and the recent escalation of trade tensions are all essentially a game of scientific and technological tug of war between the two powerful states.
Ren believes that China’s future will rely heavily on the ability to innovate, and to tackle this problem, a pre-emptive step should be taken that goes down to the basics: respect for teachers at school. Ren predicts that the world will experience a massive revolution in the next 30 to 50 years. He says, “People have already seen the horror that this period of change is capable of bringing, especially the United States.”
“If most of our rural children are able to obtain Master’s or Doctor’s degrees in the next 20 to 30 years, they will fight for the country in new areas of innovation and strive for a new future and destiny,” Ren explained his vision. “This is the future.”
Ren is convinced that China’s lack of ability to conduct basic research could be attributed to a lack of basic education. To this end, he has already asked experts from authoritative organizations to conduct research on the status of basic education in China at his own expenses.
When asked why he is so eager to go the extra mile to conduct extensive research on the topic, Ren replied, “Patriotism. I love this country, and I hope that this country will be prosperous and strong, and no longer be bullied by others.”
Huawei’s recent predicament caused by U.S. sanctions has put the company in a bind in several areas of business. The Chinese multinational technology company has recently seen multiple ties with partners cut following the ban imposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Currently, the US Department of Commerce (DOC) has granted temporary general export license for 90 days, so while the company is still banned from doing business with most US companies, it is allowed to continue critical product support.
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