Huawei founder opposes Chinese retaliation against Apple

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Ren Zhengei, Huawei founder and CEO, praises Apple and says he would "the first to protest" if there were any official Chinese trade-war retaliation against Apple.

The founder and CEO of Huawei, Ren Zhengei, has told Bloomberg that he would be against any potential Chinese moves against Apple in retaliation to the current US trade war.

Asked by Bloomberg TV's China correspondent, Tom Mackenzie, about retaliation, he said it wasn't an issue. "That will not happen, first of all," he said (in translation). "And second of all, if that happens, I'll be the first to protest. Apple is my teacher [and] it is advancing in front of us. As a student, why should I oppose my teacher? I would never do that."

He also took the opportunity to praise the company. "Apple is the world's leading company," he continued. "If there were no Apple, there would be no mobile internet. If there was no Apple to help show us the world, we would not see the beauty of this world."

The interview follows both a rising number of companies ceasing trading with Huawei because of US pressure, and predictions that potential retaliation could seriously damage Apple's earnings.