#Huawei ‘plans to recruit hundreds of genuises from around the world’

| July 1, 2019
Chinese telecom giant Huawei may soon start hiring hundreds of geniuses from around the world to help it grow under the sanctions imposed by the United States, writes Tracy You.

The company’s founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei reportedly plans to recruit 20 to 30 ‘genius youngsters’ from around the world this year and 200 to 300 of them next year to help Huawei become ‘the most advanced’ firm on earth despite the trade restrictions.

‘In the next three to five years, [I] believe our company will have a brand new outlook and composition. [We] must win the “war”,’ Mr Ren, 74, was quoted saying.

Huawei's founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei (pictured) has reportedly revealed his plan of recruiting 200 to 300 'genius youngsters' next year to help his firm thrive in the next five years after the Trump administration put a series of restrictions on the telecom firm amid a trade war
'In the next three to five years, [I] believe our company will have a brand new outlook and composition. [We] must win the "war",' Mr Ren, 74, was quoted saying by Chinese media
Trump barred Huawei from U.S. networks on grounds of national security. It also put Huawei and its 68 worldwide affiliates on a U.S. trade blacklist, banning them from buying parts and components - such as microchips - from American companies unless it has special approval

Mr Ren’s remarks were revealed in an email sent to all Huawei employees from the company’s President’s Office yesterday, reported financial media .

The Chinese businessman, worth , is said to have delivered the speech to his executive management team on June 20.

The alleged email also said: ‘Huawei should drag the world forward in the future and create its own standard.

‘So long as [we] become the most advanced [company] in the world, we will become the standard and the other will draw close to use.’

Mr Ren reportedly said that the ‘genius youngsters’ would be able to penetrate the company’s structure like ‘eels’ and ignite the teams.

Huawei is at the centre of a trade war between China and the United States.

Washington claimed that Huawei’s gear could be used by Beijing to spy on Americans – allegations Huawei has repeatedly denied.

The U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (pictured) are expected to meet with each other on Saturday during the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, to discuss the two countries' trade war
US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (pictured) met with each other to discuss the two countries’ trade war
Xi may demand Trump withdraw his sanctions against Huawei as a key condition to end the trade war, according to a report
Xi may demand Trump withdraw his sanctions against Huawei as a key condition to end the trade war, according to a report

In May, the Trump Administration barred Huawei from US networks on grounds of national security.

It also put Huawei and its 68 worldwide affiliates on a US trade blacklist, banning them from buying parts and components – such as microchips – from American companies unless it has special approval. Huawei later received a 90-day reprieve.

Google then said it would stop providing Huawei with its license to use Android, the operating system that powers all smartphones made by the Chinese firm and its sub-brand Honor.

In addition, Ren’s daughter Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Huawei, was arrested in Canada in December and is facing criminal charges in the US.

Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou (pictured) is facing criminal charges in the U.S. Ms Meng was arrested in Vancouver by Canadian police in December under the request of Washington
Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou (pictured) is facing criminal charges in the US. Meng was arrested in Vancouver by Canadian police in December under the request of Washington.
Huawei has been under scrutiny in the West after Washington claimed that the firm's gear could be used by China to spy on Americans - allegations Huawei has repeatedly denied
Huawei has been under scrutiny in the West after Washington claimed that the firm’s gear could be used by China to spy on Americans – allegations Huawei has repeatedly denied

Meng Wanzhou is suing Canadian government, border agency and police

 

Meng, widely considered as Ren’s heiress, is accused of using a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment to Iran in violation of US sanctions. Huawei has denied the accusation.

How DO you pronounce Huawei’s name?

Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant at the centre of the trade war between Beijing and Washington, also has one of the most mispronounced brand names in the West.

The name consists of two characters in Chinese, Hua (华) and Wei (为), and is written in pin yin, the standard spelling system in China to romanise Mandarin.

To pronounce Huawei correctly, try reading ‘Who-are-way’ really quickly but with two rising tones – one on ‘who are’ and one on ‘way’.

Ren previously told reporters that the US had underestimated his company’s capabilities and that Huawei was fully prepared to face the ban from Washington.

He said Huawei had its own backup supply of microchips and was capable of producing chips similar to those by American firms.

The Chinese firm is also rumoured to have been developing and testing its own operation system known as ‘Hongmeng’ in China and ‘Ark’ overseas.

A report from  this week revealed that U.S. firms were still selling millions of dollars worth of electronics to Huawei after finding ways around Trump’s sanctions on the telecoms giant.

Chip industry powerhouses Intel and Micron have reportedly found ways to avoid labeling their processors as American-made by producing them overseas.

And around three weeks ago the American chips being made overseas started flowing back to Huawei, sources told the newspaper.

Huawei founder says smartphone sales have slumped 40%

 

Huawei is said to be speeding up the development of its own operating system to replace Android after Google revoked its license. Leaked pictures show the first screenshots of Huawei's alleged Ark OS, known as 'Hongmeng' in China, which intends to replace Android
Huawei is said to be speeding up the development of its own operating system to replace Android after Google revoked its license. Leaked pictures show the first screenshots of Huawei’s alleged Ark OS, known as ‘Hongmeng’ in China, which intends to replace Android
Huawei and its sub-brand Honor currently use Android to powers all their smartphones
Huawei and its sub-brand Honor currently use Android to powers all their smartphones

US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping met on Saturday (29 June) during the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.

The two leaders are expected to discuss their trade war and Huawei could be on the agenda.

Trump said on Wednesday that a trade deal with China was possible this weekend, but he was also prepared to ‘take in billions and billions of dollars’ from Chinese goods with a potential tariff hike if the two countries continue to disagree.

Xi is reportedly preparing to present Trump with a list of demands for ending the US-China tariff battle.

One of China’s key demands is for the U.S. to pull back the trade ban on Huawei, according to , citing Chinese officials.

Huawei was founded in 1987 by Ren, who had served in the Chinese military before becoming a businessman.

The company has beaten Apple to become the world’s second largest smartphone maker after South Korea’s Samsung.

Last year, Huawei’s revenue exceeded 100$ billion for the first time. The company reported 721bn yuan ($105bn) in worldwide sales income, a 19.5% increase on the previous year.

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