Huawei's founder is striking a defiant tone in the face of American attempts to curb the Chinese tech giant's international reach and prosecute his daughter, reports CNN.
"There's no way the US can crush us," Ren Zhengfei said in an interview with the BBC that aired Tuesday. "The world needs Huawei because we are more advanced."
Huawei, the world's largest telecommunications equipment maker, is battling a US-led campaign to persuade American allies to shut the company's technology out of super-fast 5G networks.
Australia and New Zealand have already restricted mobile operators from using Huawei gear for 5G. The United Kingdom, Germany, and others are considering whether to clamp down as well.
The US government argues Huawei's products could be exploited by Chinese intelligence services for spying — a claim the company has repeatedly denied.
US prosecutors have also indicted Huawei and its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, on charges of bank fraud and sanctions evasion. Meng, one of Ren's two daughters, was arrested in Canada in December and faces possible extradition to the United States.
The US offensive against Huawei has strained relations between Washington and Beijing, and threatens to disrupt the rollout of 5G networks around the world.
"We must protect our critical telecom infrastructure, and America is calling on all our security partners to be vigilant and to reject any enterprise that would compromise the integrity of our communications technology or our national security systems," US Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday at the Munich Security Conference.