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Huawei founder ‘would shut it down’ if China asked it to eavesdrop

May 14, 2019 at 09:32AM

Telecoms firm insists it has never been asked to spy after political row over 5G network

The founder of the Chinese telecoms equipment firm Huawei would “shut the company down” if he was asked by the country’s communist regime to eavesdrop on mobile phone calls, according to a senior executive at the fast growing multinational.

Tim Watkins, the company’s vice-president for western Europe, said Huawei had never been asked by the Chinese government to conduct surveillance despite a recently introduced intelligence law – and insisted it never would.

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