Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has tough words for U.S. in wake of daughter's arrest in Vancouver

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      Chinese tech billionaire Ren Zhenfei isn't happy that his daughter, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested at Vancouver International Airport in early December at the request of U.S. authorities.

      The founder of the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei told the BBC that "there's no way the U.S. can crush us".

      "The world cannot leave us because we are more advanced," Ren explained interviewer Karishma Vaswani. "Even if they persuade more countries not to use us temporarily, we can always scale things down a bit."

      The U.S., Australia, and New Zealand have made it illegal for Huawei to supply equipment for their 5G networks.

      Ren declared to the BBC that even if the lights go out in the West, "the East will still shine."

      On January 28, the U.S. Department of Justice laid charges of bank and wire fraud against Meng, Huawei, and some of its subsidaries.

      Meng Wanzhou is on bail in Vancouver as she awaits an extradition hearing to face charges in the United States.

      "The Trump Administration continues to be tougher on those who violate our export control laws than any administration in history," Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said at the time. "I commend the Commerce Department’s Office of Export Enforcement, and our partners in the FBI, Justice Department, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security for their excellent work on this case.”

      Meng remains out on bail in Vancouver as she awaits her extradition hearing.