Ren Zhengfei, the founder of Huawei, said he was not “anti-Western”.
“But all of a sudden we were sanctioned, and they couldn’t provide us with the components and the tools, my mind went blank,” Zhengfei said, according to the transcript of the speech.
Ren gave a speech in February to express his gratitude to the general public and academics who helped the company find solutions to its technology problems.
He said during his speech that Huawei produces spare parts using domestic resources, which has “stabilized” circuit board production.
The MetaERP resource planning system, which Huawei will roll out next month, will make full use of its own operating system, data system, compiler and language, he added.
Zhengfei pointed out that he supported Western technology when he was younger and continued to admire it when he launched Huawei, until Huawei’s disputes with the United States.
And because US sanctions have hurt its once lucrative smartphone industry, Huawei is now focusing on enterprise solutions, such as assisting traditional sectors in digitizing their processes.