Ren Zhengfei, CEO and founder of Chinese technology firm Huawei, said in an interview with Bloomberg that he opposes possible retaliatory measures against Apple by the Chinese government. Despite escalating tension between China and the United States, when asked about a Beijing boycott of the Tim Cook-led company, Zhengfei replied, "That will not happen, but if it did happen I would be the first to protest."
For Huawei CEO, Apple "is the world's leading company, without it there would be no mobile internet." Ren Zhengfei says he even considers Apple to be his "teacher" and is "advancing" ahead of Huawei, which leads him to question "as a student, why should I oppose my teacher?".
These statements follow the decision by the US Department of Commerce to place Huawei on the "black list" of companies barred from doing business with US companies.
This measure has prompted technology giants such as Google to cut ties with Huawei, which, according to a report by Strategy Analytics, could drop Chinese orders and deliveries by up to 24 percent by 2019. Experts point out that the giant's equipment are at risk in the West without authorization to use Google's mobile services.
However, the trade war between the United States and China could also affect Apple. According to Tim Cook's fourth quarter report (and despite a 30% decline over the same period last year), 18% of its net sales come from the Chinese market.