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Huawei is no ZTE, and will counter US ban with own tech: CEO

Ren Zhengfei says daughter Meng Wanzhou will not be successor

Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei holds an interview at the Chinese company's Shenzhen headquarters. (Photo by Takashi Kawakami)

SHENZHEN -- China's Huawei Technologies will defend itself by producing its own high-tech components should the U.S. cut off the world's biggest telecom equipment maker from access to American technology, founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said on Jan. 18 in a rare interview with Japanese media.

If Washington escalates its crackdown against the company in such a way, "we will produce alternative products on our own. That is not in the U.S.' interest," Ren told reporters at the company's offices in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

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