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An interview with Ren Zhengfei: Huawei is ready to avoid extreme situations

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Talking about American Blockade: No Extreme Situation

On the 15th of this month, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Industrial and Security Bureau announced that Huawei would be included in the list of regulated entities, which means that Huawei would be prohibited from buying parts from U.S. companies without the approval of the U.S. government.

Ren Zhengfei said that Huawei would not have the extreme situation of "breaking the confession", and Huawei was ready. He disclosed that during the Spring Festival this year, Huawei judged that this situation would occur two years later. But when Meng Wanzhou incident happened, he thought it was ahead of schedule and Huawei was working overtime during the Spring Festival. "Security guards, cleaners, service personnel, during the Spring Festival, we have 5000 people working overtime, fighting for supply, everyone is rushing time."

In the early morning of the 15th, President Huawei Haise also issued a letter to employees saying, "Today is the choice of history. All spare tires we have built have been corrected overnight." He said it would also ensure the strategic safety of most of the company's products and the continuous supply of most of them.

According to media reports, an industry chain person said that Huawei had anticipated the relevant situation last year and made a lot of inventory preparation in some key chip areas. Over the next year, Huawei has set itself a buffer period.

Ren Zhengfei also said in the interview that Huawei did not stop its development because of the US ban. "Our production capacity is still very large, not because of the United States ban, we have no capacity for production." He disclosed that China won 37 bids in 40 cities in mobile bidding last week, so the U.S. ban will not cause negative growth of the company. He stressed that under the blockade of the United States, Huawei's growth rate will not be too fast, but it will not be as slow as expected. Huawei's revenue growth in the first quarter of this year was 39%, and there will be no negative growth.

Although the United States blocked Huawei, Ren Zhengfei believed that Huawei was a commercial company that provided goods that could be used as they liked, not as they liked, and could not be defined as Huawei by populism.

He pointed out that there are two kinds of emotions about Huawei, one is the strong patriotic support for Huawei, the other is Huawei's kidnapping of the patriotic mood of the whole society. Ren Zhengfei said that her child did not love Huawei because she loved apples. We should stop shouting slogans and not stir up national sentiments.

Ren also believes that the United States has no power to call on all other countries to close the door to Huawei, and that each country has plans to invest abroad. Huawei maintains close communication with Europe. Ren Zhengfei said that Huawei should take China as the center and Eastern Europe as the base to break through the encirclement of the United States.

No one else in 5G technology can catch up with Huawei in two or three years.

Under the blockade of the United States, the level of independent innovation in domestic science and technology has also caused widespread concern.

Ren Zhengfei said that we should be sure that the United States is still cutting-edge in the depth and breadth of scientific and technological enterprises, and that there is still a big gap between our country and the United States. "We need to learn from other people's frontiers, we are not learning theory."

But he said Huawei was at the forefront of 5G. "Huawei's 5G is absolutely unaffected. In terms of 5G technology, other people can't catch up with Huawei in two or three years."

In addition to 5G, Huawei has been innovating its chip business through its Hess, and preparing for operating systems. Huawei calls it the spare tire plan.

Ren Zhengfei believes that spare tires are not exclusive, such as chips. Huawei, although capable of R&D, has not resisted Qualcomm. He revealed that Huawei buys at least 50 million Qualcomm chips every year.

When it comes to chip development, Ren recalls that Huawei has gritted its teeth for so many years and has slowly survived. Chip business not only costs money, but also people. A lot of mathematicians and physicists should be invested in it. He believes that in the current situation, Huawei will indeed be affected, but it can also stimulate China to develop its electronic industry steadily. "I'm afraid it's impossible to rely on one country alone. Although China has plenty of talented people, we still need to look for talented people all over the world. It is very difficult to succeed by relying solely on China's independent innovation. Why can't we embrace the world and rely on global innovation?

Huawei's spare tire plan also includes backup of its operating system. After the U.S. ban, foreign media reported that Huawei might not be able to use the full Google Android operating system.

In March, Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei's consumer business, admitted in an interview with Le Monde that Huawei's self-developed operating system does exist and supports it.Mobile phoneAnd PC. "But this system is Plan B to prevent Huawei from using Android or Android in the future.WindowsAnd do it." He said at the time.

After this incident, whether Huawei will launch its own operating system has also become a topic of concern. Ren responded that Huawei, the operating system, could do it, but not necessarily replace others. He also thinks that Google is a good company and a highly responsible company. Google and Huawei are also discussing how to respond.

China must pass the competition with the United States in the futureeducation

Basic scientific research and education has always been a topic of concern to Ren Zhengfei. At the Huawei analyst conference in April this year, Huawei ICT Institute of Basic Science and Strategic Research officially presented to the outside world, focusing on breakthroughs in basic theory and revolutionary technological inventions, such as optical computing, NDA storage, atomic manufacturing and other new technologies.

Ren Zhengfei introduced that Huawei has at least 700 mathematicians, more than 800 physicists, more than 120 chemists, 67,000 experts in basic research, more than 60,000 senior engineers and engineers, forming such a combination in progress.

"More than 15,000 basic research scientists and experts we are compiling are turning money into knowledge. More than 60,000 applied talents are developing products and turning knowledge into money. We have been supporting scientists outside the enterprise to carry out scientific research and exploration. "

In Ren Zhengfei's view, the significance of education is self-evident for basic scientific research. Ren Zhengfei said that if China wants to compete with the United States in the future, it must pass education. The most important thing to attach importance to education is to attach importance to and respect teachers.

"Education is to improve the cultural quality of the whole people. We can't say that education is education at will. In my opinion, teachers are ultimately the only way to achieve the high-quality development of education. Only when the status of teachers is upgraded can we achieve the high-quality development of education."

Ren Zhengfei cited his own personal experience as an example. His parents are rural teachers. They teach in the most remote areas of Guizhou Province. "I think it is necessary to be a teacher."

Nevertheless, he stressed that it is very difficult for physicists and chemists in our country to succeed on their own initiative. We should also learn from the advantages of other countries, and we should go where we are better.

Ren Zhengfei said that American research centers are also continuing to produce Chinese scientists. With such a good foundation for our country's five thousand years of civilization, we have come up with policies to embrace the world. Eastern European countries are relatively poor, but many things of the United States have moved to Eastern Europe. Eastern Europeans have come to China, with China as the center. "Only when China does solid research in industry, chemistry, neurology, brain science and so on, can we have a foothold in the world."

Talking about Family: The Sorriest is Children

Before the blockade of Huawei by the United States, Ren Zhengfei's daughter and Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou were arrested in Vancouver, Canada. The United States has been asking Canada for her extradition.

Speaking of Meng's late boat, Ren Zhengfei said that grasping family members is to influence their will. "I want to think beyond my family and Huawei. Discuss equally beyond one's own interests and views. My daughter's letter gave me great encouragement and confidence. The world has more voices of solidarity with us than with American politicians."

Regarding the family, Ren Zhengfei is very sorry for his children in his life. When the child was very young, he went to work as a soldier, and only once in 11 months could he return home. There is little communication with children and no emotional building. I feel very indebted to them.

In addition to Meng Wanzhou, Ren Zhengfei has a 20-year-old daughter. In November 2018, Annebel Yao, Ren Zhengfei's youngest daughter, was invited to attend the Paris Famous Women's Ball, which attracted wide attention. When talking about this matter, Ren Zhengfei said that the youngest daughter asked her parents for advice before going to the dance and she was the first one to jump out to support her. "Family happiness is also my first support."

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