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Huawei issues warning over treatment by US government

Steve Rogerson
August 28, 2019

If the rest of the world continues to turn the other cheek to the US government’s treatment of Huawei, it will send a dangerous signal, the company said on the eve of the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France.
“The USA has restricted Huawei because it wants to continue to be dominant in the high-tech industry,” said Abraham Liu, Huawei’s chief representative to the EU. “If the global marketplace continues to allow the USA to behave in any way it likes, it is sending a very dangerous signal. The whole world may gradually move from an orderly check-and-balance system to a riot of uncertainty, irrationality and chaos.”
Huawei says it is continuing, meanwhile, to strengthen its cooperation with governments, mobile operators and local industrial partners all over the world, including Europe, despite the attempts of the Donald Trump administration to undermine Huawei’s contribution to 5G deployment.
“I am sure that Huawei and Europe will continue to strengthen their cooperation not just here, but worldwide, and make their own efforts count towards the building of a prosperous digital ecosystem,” said Liu. “A market has to be made up of choices. If just one player has the exclusive right to speak, then this is not a fair choice for everyone. Huawei has always believed in an open and balanced ecosystem. Only this can promote the vigorous and effective and continuous development of industry.”
Liu was speaking at a conference in Brussels ahead of the G7 summit, following the launch in China of Huawei’s Ascend 910 artificial intelligence (AI) chipset, claimed to be the fastest machine training device to enter the AI market. Huawei also released MindSpore, an open-source AI computing framework to support the chip. Ascend delivers twice as much computing power as the best AI chip currently available on the market, said a company statement, and increases the speed of model training by 50 to 100%.
"We have been making steady progress since we announced our AI strategy in October last year," said Eric Xu, Huawei's rotating chairman at the Shenzhen launch. "Everything is moving forward according to plan, from R&D to product launch. We promised a full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio, and today we delivered, with the release of Ascend 910 and MindSpore. This also marks a new stage in Huawei's AI strategy.”
Meanwhile, Mark Smitham, senior manager for Huawei’s EU public affairs office, said in Brussels that the company would continue to build trust-based relationships with partners to enable the intelligent world and create opportunities for all.
"Huawei has an unblemished cyber-security record,” he said. “And yet, in over 30 years of operations, Huawei has probably been the most scrutinised of all companies. We need an inclusive approach for a healthy and competitive market that can deliver sustainable economic growth and bring real benefits to people and society at large. Together, we can pass the benefits of digital technology to everyone.”
Huawei has more than 12,200 staff based in Europe, of whom nearly 2400 are working in R&D. It runs 23 R&D centres in 14 European countries and operates numerous joint innovation centres in partnership with telecom and ICT partners.