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Huawei chairman: Trump is right, the US is losing the battle for 5G

Matthew Field
Huawei's chairman says that the US is falling behind on 5G - TASS

America is losing the battle for 5G technology despite its attempts to block Huawei around the world, the Chinese company’s chairman has said.

Huawei rotating chairman Guo Ping told reporters he agreed with US President Donald Trump that the US was fast falling behind in the race to get the latest mobile network technology.

“The US is lagging behind,” Ping said. “His message is clear and correct.”

Speaking ahead of a major Huawei event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where the company unveiled an advanced 5G folding smartphone, Ping said Huawei could afford to ignore the US market.

He said the US appeared to be using its national power to “attack a company with advanced technology”.

Huawei has been accused of posing  a security risk by US security services, but the US president appeared to leave the door open to Huawei on Thursday, before later saying he was still considering an executive ban on the company.

Trump said the US must catch up to launch 5G technology.

"American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind. There is no reason that we should be lagging behind,” Trump said on Twitter.

Ping said Huawei would never install backdoor in its telecoms equipment, which is used in Europe by the likes of Vodafone and EE.

However, he also said Huawei “dare not” disobey national laws in China.

Chinese law requires companies to set up Communist party groups within firms and assist the state with intelligence if asked. The rules have concerned Western security forces.

Huawei's new folding 5G Mate X smartphone, revealed at Mobile World Congress Credit: Bloomberg

His remarks come as Huawei’s Consumer Business chief executive Richard Yu unveiled the company’s first folding 5G smartphone.

Yu said the phone, called the Huawei Mate X, would start at €2,299, making it one of the most expensive phones ever. It will be released later in 2019.

The phone unfolds from a 6.6-inch phone with an extra rear screen into an 8-inch tablet-like device, will feature the latest fast network technology and has a quadruple camera.

The phone will feature a Huawei-made Balong 5G chip, rather than a US made Qualcomm design.

Huawei has aimed to show its technology is outstripping that of US rivals like Apple on smartphone technology and telecoms rivals on its 5G capibilites.