Huawei chairman Liang Hua said the company’s operations remained “normal” after the arrest of chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, and called for the early return of his colleague.
Liang said Huawei would continue to push on with 5G development despite more bans against the company. “In the face of a crisis of confidence from the West, first we must do our own work well, and continue to build Huawei’s competitiveness in the field of 5G,” said Liang. “We believe that customers will make their own decisions.”
Liang thanked those around the world who had supported Meng and Huawei. He presented a coffee cup to the media, which he said was made spontaneously by company employees, with text that reads: “The lighthouse is waiting for the early return of the night boat.” The term night boat, or “wanzhou”, is a homonym and refers to Meng’s given name, Wanzhou.
Meng’s arrest in Canada, at the behest of the United States, has ignited a diplomatic row between Beijing and Ottawa, and increased tensions between Beijing and other western capitals, as a Washington-led trade war targets Huawei, a top Chinese technology company.