China’s biggest telecom manufacturer, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd plans to shift its research center to Canada from the United States, Ren Zhengfei, the founder of the Chinese telecoms equipment maker, said in an interview with Canada’s Globe and Mail.
According to Reuters, the United States is weighing expanding its power to stop more foreign shipments of products with U.S. technology to Huawei. The U.S. Commerce Department in May placed Huawei on a trade blacklist, citing national security concerns.
Tech giant center for research and development will be moved out of the United States. And that will be relocated to Canada, reported by Globe and Mail, adding that the company will also manufacture some mobile network equipment outside China.
The company founder wants to build new factory capacity in Europe to make fifth-generation (5G) networking equipment there, hoping to assuage fears stemming from U.S. allegations that its product could be used by China for spying, the Globe and Mail reported.
Reuters reported that Huawei was not immediately available to comment on Ren’s interview. The firm has previously denied it is a risk to U.S. national security.
Chief Financial Officer of Huawei, who was arrested by Canadian police on a U.S. warrant late last year, is fighting extradition to the United States on charges of violating sanctions against Iran. She is currently out on bail.