Ren's comments, in a letter to staff dated June of last year,
were shared for the first time on a company message board,
making them the first public word from the company since Joe
Biden took over the presidency from Donald Trump.
Huawei has remained largely silent about its prospects under the
Biden administration, after being targeted with several rounds
of sanctions under Trump, who said Huawei's equipment poses a
security risk. The company denies the charge.
In a parting shot on Monday, the Commerce Department told
semiconductor makers it would deny or revoke licenses for
companies including chipmaker Intel Corp to sell products to
Huawei, people familiar with the matter told Reuters..
Ren's letter said that U.S. actions had left Huawei "with a
great mismatch between our strategy and our abilities, and that
the company will have to revaluate some product lines, and
consider cutting some products and staff that are unproductive.
The letter was posted publicly after former Huawei subbrand
Honor announced new supply partnerships with major chip
companies including Intel and Qualcomm that it had previously
lost access to due to the U.S. action against the parent.
Huawei sold Honor to a consortium of the latter's agents and
dealers in November in a bid to help it regain access to chips.
Ren's letter also said that while the company will keep its pay
structure unchanged over the next three to five years, hundreds
of senior 'cadres' had voluntarily taken demotions.
The letter did not mention the Biden administration
specifically, though analysts have said the company will need a
reprieve from Washington to revive its hobbled phone and 5G
"The United States is still the world's beacon of technology,
and we must learn everything we can from advanced people," Ren
(Reporting by David Kirton; editing by Philippa Fletcher)
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