Davos, Jan 21: Founder and CEO of Huawei, Ren Zhengfei on Tuesday said the United States is "over concerned" about "our position in the world" He was speaking at a session on the technology arms race between the US and China which are both heavily investing in AI and other digital technologies.
"If you look at the education system in China, it's designed for the industrial age, so AI can't grow rapidly in China.... The US is over-concerned. The US has got used to being the world number one," said Ren, adding that Washington is uncomfortable with I think for the entire of humanity. "We should all study AI and how to use it for good." Ren said, "Huawei used to be an admirer of the US, we learned a lot from them. We hired dozens of American consulting firms to learn how to manage our business. The US should feel proud of it, they have the US management system exported and implemented.
"They should not be overly concerned about Huawei and our position in the world." This year, he said, the US might further escalate their campaign against Huawei "but I feel the impact will not be too significant." He said as Huawei did not have the reassurance of American support they had to put in a Plan B and that is why they have withstood the US position against the company. "There won't be two systems of AI. At a deep layer, the whole world is united and linked. Any scientist can find the truth," he says. Last year the US put Huawei on a blacklist that restricted its access to American technology.
Washington is reportedly looking to expand the scope of restrictions on Huawei. The company has been the target of US concern over its links to the Chinese government. Washington maintains that Huawei is a national security risk because its networking equipment could be used for espionage by the Chinese government. Huawei denies all the claims. India recently allowed the company to take part in the preparation for its 5G rollout. (UNI)