Huawei founder conducts first ever media interview

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei conducts first media interview in 26 years while in New Zealand

Associated Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- During 26 years at the helm of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, founder Ren Zhengfei has never once agreed to be interviewed by a journalist.

Until Thursday.

While visiting the company's New Zealand operations, Ren sat down with four local journalists at a Wellington hotel. The rules were strict: no international media, no photos.

But the meaning was clear. Huawei is taking steps toward trying to dispel its image as a secretive and opaque company, and to reassure the world of its good intentions.

The company has suffered business setbacks in the U.S. and Australia due to fears it could be a security risk. Huawei issued a pledge last year not to cooperate with spying.

Ren, 68, declined through a spokesman to be interviewed by The Associated Press.

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