July 23, 2019 / 7:18 AM / a month ago

Huawei head says group can sign 'no backdoor' deal with any country: Italy paper

FILE PHOTO: Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei attends a panel discussion at the company headquarters in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

MILAN (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies, the Chinese technology and telecoms group under pressure from the United States, is ready to sign a “no backdoor” agreement with any country, its founder told an Italian newspaper on Tuesday.

“As far as we are concerned we can sign a ‘no-backdoor’ agreement with any country,” Ren Zhengfei told Italy’s Il Sole 24 Ore.

One concern in the West has been a Chinese intelligence law that requires citizens and companies to aid the state in espionage investigations. Hidden backdoors on the telecom network make it possible to access customer data.

Reporting by Francesca Landini; Editing by Crispian Balmer

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