Huawei exec: Chinese tech giant wants to be ‘transparent’

 

FILE - In this March 7, 2019 file photo, a logo of Huawei is displayed at a shop in Shenzhen, China's Guangdong province. Chinese tech giant Huawei has reported a double-digit rise in sales despite U.S. sanctions that threaten to disrupt its smartphone and network equipment businesses. Huawei Technologies Ltd. said Wednesday, Oct. 16, that its sales rose 24.4% in the first nine months of 2019 to 610.8 billion yuan ($86 billion). That was faster than the 23.2% gain reported for the first half.(AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

WASHINGTON — A top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei said Friday that the company is prepared to be “open and transparent” as it seeks to persuade the U.S. government that national security concerns about its technology are unfounded.

“Huawai is an open and transparent company,” Paul Scanlan, chief technology officer of Huawei’s carrier network business unit, said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Scanlan spoke amid U.S. sanctions that threaten to disrupt the company’s smartphone and network equipment businesses. He said Huawei is eager to “demystify” itself to skeptical U.S. authorities and is prepared to invite American officials to review product themselves to address any concerns. The company has done the same for the United Kingdom, where new software is inspected at a facility and reports are prepared for the government and telecommunications operators, he said.

“If this is what is required, give us examples of what you think would be the rule book, and we’ll play by the rule book,” Scanlan said of the U.S. “But today the challenge is, what’s the rule book?”

The Justice and Commerce departments did not immediately return emails seeking comment on Scanlan’s remarks.

The Trump administration has accused Huawei of being a security risk, imposing curbs in May on the company’s access to U.S. technology and components, including Google’s music, maps and other smartphone services. Washington has delayed enforcement and suggested it might allow sales of some U.S. technology.

Huawei has denied accusations that it facilitates Chinese spying or installs “backdoors” in its equipment for eavesdropping. Scanlan called those concerns “scaremongering.”

The interview took place two days after Huawei Technologies Lt. reported a double-digit gain in sales. Scanlan suggested that the scrutiny of the company over the last year may have had an unintended benefit of giving Huawei extra name recognition.

Eric Tucker, The Associated Press

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