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US and Huawei wage battle of self-righteousness

CEO Ren Zhengfei sees his company as scapegoat in trade war

The latest U.S. crackdown on Huawei might complicate the ongoing trade negotiations with China to follow up on the "phase one" deal signed in January.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Huawei Technologies CEO Ren Zhengfei held up a ragged picture during a press conference with Japanese media at the company's Shenzhen headquarters on May 18. The photo was of a badly battered Soviet Ilyushin aircraft from World War II.

"Even if we are beat up, we will make it out [of this fight with the U.S.] alive," he said while holding up the image.

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