Several US lawmakers claimed last month thatHuaweiThe research funding provided to American universities poses a “significant threat” to national security, which is the latest challenge Huawei faces in the United States.
ZTE, another big telecom equipment manufacturer in China, was hit by the US government last month, causing the company's operations to be paralyzed. Earlier, the US government said that ZTE had violated an agreement and failed to punish executives who conspired to evade US sanctions against Iran and North Korea.
When asked if he was worried that Huawei would also be hit by sanctions, Hu Houkun, one of Huawei's rotating CEOs, told the Wall Street Journal: "It's hard to imagine. Ten years ago, we established a system to control exports, which is very effective. Our policy is to strictly enforce all laws and regulations proposed by Europe, the United Nations and the United States."
When asked if Huawei can conduct business without US parts, Hu Houkun said that Huawei's logistics chain is international. "We must open up and choose the best technology, the best products. Therefore, we will continue to buy US chips this year."
Earlier this year, US lawmakers asked Apple, a subsidiary of Alphabet, to reconsider its cooperation with Huawei, saying that Huawei poses a security threat. Huawei and the US telecommunications company AT&T Company reached an agreement to help Huawei sell its smartphones in the US, and it was aborted after only 11 hours due to security issues.