Huawei's Founder Says He Would 'Protest' if China Retaliates Against Apple Over U.S. Trade Ban

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Earlier this month, the Trump administration added Huawei to a trade blacklist over national security concerns, effectively forbidding U.S. companies from doing business with the Chinese smartphone and telecom giant.


    As the U.S.-China trade war continues to escalate, it has been suggested that China could retaliate to the Huawei ban by enforcing a similar ban on a large American company like Apple. However, even Huawei's own founder Ren Zhengfei admitted that he would oppose such a move, offering praise for the iPhone maker.

    Speaking through a translator, Ren told Bloomberg that Apple is both the "world's leading company" and his "teacher":
    Last week, investment firm Goldman Sachs warned that Apple's per-share earnings could take a 29 percent hit if China stops importing its products.

    Ren appeared confident that Huawei can prevail despite the U.S. trade ban, suggesting that the company will ramp up its in-house technologies if necessary. Huawei already designs its own Kirin processors for some smartphones, but that relies on ARM, which severed ties with Huawei after the U.S. trade ban.

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  2. ilikewhey macrumors 6502a


    May 14, 2014
    nyc upper east
    doesnt american companies have to oblige by the espionage and patriot act aka hand stuff over to the us govt when asked as well?
  3. farewelwilliams macrumors 68020

    Jun 18, 2014
    see samsung? no shame in admitting something like this
  4. realtuner macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2019
    Uh, oh.

    So much for all the people "hoping" China would retaliate. This guy is smart - he knows how much Apple means to the Chinese economy and how much revenue/employment they generate. Cutting off your nose to spite your face is never good business practice.

    I also think that by praising Apple he's hinting that they don't want to see this trade war escalate and would like to come to a settlement. So he's avoiding being critical of Apple.
  5. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    It's all politics.
  6. omihek macrumors 6502


    May 3, 2014
    Salt Lake City, UT
    If there was no Apple, how would we get the technology for our next phone release?
  7. ilikewhey macrumors 6502a


    May 14, 2014
    nyc upper east
    yeah i dont see china retaliating against apple either, they employee over 1m jobs in china indrectly through foxconn and what not. maybe if china goes after intel since most of their chips are made outside of china.
  8. JetTester macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2014
    Apple down 29% if China stops importing their products. Imagine how far down they'd go if China stopped exporting Apple products.
  9. givemeanapple macrumors Demi-God


    Oct 2, 2016
  10. BootsWalking, May 27, 2019
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    BootsWalking macrumors 65816

    Feb 1, 2014
    He's being quite magnanimous considering our country is using its worldwide political power to try and destroy his company, not to mention having his daughter arrested and used as a political pawn in a trade dispute.
  11. n-evo macrumors 65816


    Aug 9, 2013
    Well that was certainly... ...cringeworthy.
  12. jk1211, May 27, 2019
    Last edited: May 27, 2019

    jk1211 macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2018
    1.3 million. Plus the employees of all of the other manufacturers in the supply chain that make the components. Million upon millions of jobs. says 4.8 million total jobs in China because of Apple; and that was 2017 too

    Huawei isn't in massive trouble over this either. Remember, the bulk of their devices go to China where google services are banned anyway. Losing the Google apps is no loss there. So their own operating system and app store over AOSP can work over there.

    But my guess is this is Huawei backing off playing nice knowing they really do need this turned around as they need Microsoft (laptops), Google (phones), the chipmakers (components and tech for their own chips), SD Card consortium (they cant even build an SD Card slot in going forward), etc that they are current banned from.
  13. B4U macrumors 68010


    Oct 11, 2012
    Undisclosed location
    Because they need someone in the front to take the heat and copy them?
  14. radus macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2009
    Well I do not know - is this a hidden thread ?
  15. s54 macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2012
    I hate Huawei and I’m not afraid to admit it. I hope they fail. In fact, I hope more Chinese companies fail and more manufacturing comes stateside. Go Apple! Go USA! Long live the iPhone!
  16. alpi123 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2014
    I mean, they were at least trying to innovate and make other companies move and try to compete with new ideas. Less competition means less innovation happening.
  17. mzs.112000 macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2015
    Obviously Huawei wants Apple to keep manufacturing in China. Otherwise, how would Huawei get all of their new tech?
    Without American or Korean companies to steal from, Huawei is nothing...
  18. mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
    Considering iPhones are predominantly made in China no one would expect him to say anything else. US banning Huawei then China banning Apple would be a double whammy to China. For the best interest of the West, allies and friendly countries, electronics manufacturing should be diversified to other countries. Samsung, for example, is already diversified in South Korea, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Brazil, India, etc. so Apple needs to catch up.
  19. pshufd macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2013
    New Hampshire
    He wants to be able to continue stealing technology and it's easier if they're manufacturing inside the country.
    --- Post Merged, May 27, 2019 ---
    Hauwai is introducing the butterfly keyboard?
  20. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Business people worry about their business. Huawei is better off if the US and China ease tensions. Apple is in the same position. They aren't actually trying to eliminate each other.
  21. ilikewhey macrumors 6502a


    May 14, 2014
    nyc upper east
    the fact that trump said he will make trouble go away for huawei as soon as the trade war is settled basically makes me take him less seriously when he said its about national security
    if everyone in other countries share your sentiment trust me all us companies would fail immediately, without china buick wouldve folded like hummer, pontiac, etc.

    chinese companies arent the one to blame for factories and manu closing in the us, blame apple and other big companies for shipping the jobs oversea in the first place.
  22. H2SO4 macrumors 601

    Nov 4, 2008
    Yah. I agree.
    If there was no Apple, there would be no mobile internet”. What a grovelling clown. I was using the Nokia communicator and P900 long before the iPhone came along.
  23. magicschoolbus macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2014
    How would Huawei have new product without devices to reverse engineer and copy? Oh wait that applies to all of China and the corporate shill CEOs that have willingly given up IP to the commies to be promised access to markets only to find out its all sham just to make themselves look good on the balance sheet for a few decades.
  24. Tapiture macrumors 65816


    Oct 1, 2016
    China has better, smarter ways of retaliating against the U.S. They are playing the long game, the U.S. is playing the short game. As soon as the U.S. hits a recession and people start feeling the pain, the trade war will become very unpopular. China doesn’t have elected leaders — they’re willing to close down towns, watch unemployment rise etc. As such, they have a much stronger stomach for this kind of thing, and they know in the end the U.S. will buckle to the pressure first.
  25. pshufd macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2013
    New Hampshire
    Kyle Bass - made his fortune shorting subprime mortgages in 2006 talking to Keith McCulloch on China. With charts.

    If you think that it's easy to manage over a billion people who have expectations, you are a political neophyte. What does a billion people rioting in the streets look like?

    What is China's biggest problem?

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