SHENZHEN, China: The United States remains a “beacon of technology” to emulate, and Chinese tech Huawei should consider cutting revenue following U.S. actions against it, Chinese company founder Ren Zhengfei said in a speech made public on Friday (January 22).
Ren’s comments, in a letter to staff dated June of last year, were first shared on a company message board, making it the company’s first public word since Joe Biden took over as President from Donald Trump.
Huawei has remained largely silent on its outlook under the Biden administration, after being the target of several rounds of sanctions under Trump, who said Huawei’s equipment posed a security risk. The company denies the accusation.
In a separation photo on Monday, the Commerce Department told semiconductor makers it would deny or revoke licenses for companies, including chipmaker Intel Corp, to sell products to Huawei, told Reuters people familiar with the matter.
Ren’s letter said that US stocks had left Huawei “with a great mismatch between our strategy and our capabilities, and the company will need to re-evaluate some product lines and consider cutting back some unproductive products and employees.”
The letter was released publicly after the former Huawei Honor sub-brand announced new sourcing partnerships with major chip companies, including Intel and Qualcomm, to which it had previously lost access due to the action. American against the parent company.
Huawei sold Honor to a consortium of agents and resellers of the latter in November in an effort to help it regain access to chips.
Ren’s letter also said that while the company will keep its salary structure unchanged over the next three to five years, hundreds of senior “executives” have voluntarily demoted.
The letter did not specifically mention the Biden administration, although analysts said the company would need a reprieve from Washington to revive its hampered telephony and 5G infrastructure business.
“The United States is still the world’s beacon of technology, and we have to learn all we can from advanced people,” Ren said.