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.
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.