On Monday, Ren Zhengfei, founder of the technology conglomerate Huawei said that according to him the recent arrest of his daughter, Meng Wanzhou, who serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Huawei was carried out by the US government purely for achieving political gains.
In a recent interview with the news agency BBC, the Huawei founder Zhengfei stated that “Firstly, I object to what the U.S. has done. This kind of politically motivated act is not acceptable.”
On 1st December, Meng was arrested by the Canadian authorities as requested by the US officials. Meng was then charged with two counts of fraud, including bank and wire fraud primarily for violating the American sanctions against Iran.
In response to all the claims made by the founder of Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, the U.S. Department of Justice issued an official statement denying that the arrest of Meng was politically motivated.
“The Justice Department’s criminal case against Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is based solely on the evidence and the law. The Department pursues cases free of any political interference and follows the evidence and rule of law in pursuing criminal charges,” Nicole Navas, spokeswoman for the US Justice Department, told Reuters via an email.
It has been quite some time since the US first began scrutinizing the Chinese tech giant Huawei by blatantly accusing them of working entirely on the commands of the Chinese government. The US has been repeatedly saying that their products are being used for spying purposes, however, Huawei has constantly been denying the claims. Even the company’s founder has clearly stated that it will “never undertake” any sort of spying assignment.
When asked for a comment in regards to a possible ban in the UK, Zhengfei stated that such minuscule attempts to terrorize the company would not make it withdraw its investments in the UK. He further said that if the US still continues to carry out actions against Huawei, it will transfer its entire US investments completely to the UK.
It was reported by Reuters that a majority of the officials in the UK are not in favor of a complete Huawei ban from the national telecoms networks in spite of all sorts of outrageous and serious allegations made by the US against the China-based firm.
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