Deputy Chairman of the Board and Rotating Chairman of Huawei Guo Ping has stated that the company can continue to succeed without the United States, as the country doesn't represent the whole world.
Guo Ping commented on the executive order banning Huawei from the US, saying that it "is not necessary and should not be released", as it would hurt Huawei's small number of US customers, as quoted by Reuters.
On 1 December 2018, Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested in the Canadian city of Vancouver, reportedly for failing to comply with the US sanctions against Iran. Her arrest was criticised by Beijing, which has urged Canadian authorities to release the Chinese national.
The US crackdown on the tech giant began last year, when Washington called on wireless and Internet providers in a number of allied countries to abandon the use of Huawei equipment.
Last year, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States banned the Chinese telecommunications giant from participating in government contracts. Several other countries have also voiced concerns over the company's activities.