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No installed backdoors in Huawei devices

The company's CEO discards America's claim of stealing information

Huawei has been serving more than 3 billion people in over 170 countries for the past 30 years and there is no record of security breaches with the company.

“We have never installed backdoors in our equipment or engaged in any spying activities,” Ren Zhengfei, CEO and founder of Huawei, told BBC in a recent interview.

“We will not accept any request to do so. If there was such a request, I would rather disband the company,” he said.

“The charges that the US has made against Huawei are fairly marginal. Huawei did not become what it is today by "stealing" US technology.”

The company has always been a responsible contributor to the digital society and helped to bridge the digital divide by providing information services to the world, Zhengfei said.

“How could we steal a technology from the US that they don't even have? People need to focus on more than just Huawei's problems and weaknesses; they need to also see Huawei's contributions to humanity.”

Top officials of the Chinese government have clearly stated that the government has never required companies to install backdoors, he said.

“Huawei will not do it either. Our sales revenue is hundreds of billions of US dollars, and if we installed backdoors, it would cause our customers all over the world to dislike Huawei, and we would have no business at all.”

“Without business, how would we repay our bank loans then? We cannot take that risk. When I said "disbanding the company", I want to show our determination,” he said.

“I want to show you that we will never do such a thing or hand over any information to the government.”

Huawei owns more than 80,000 patents, including 11,000 patents alone in the US.

“These are our legitimate rights granted by the US law. Huawei offered many services to people around the world, and they are becoming more open,” Zhengfei said, adding that the company has submitted more than 54,000 proposals to standards organisations.

Huawei is a leading global ICT solutions provider. Founded in 1987, the company now has 180,000 employees worldwide.

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