Huawei Founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei. Photo: AFP

Chinese telecom giant Huawei’s chief executive, Ren Zhengfei, continued his tour of the international media circuit in an interview published Wednesday, criticizing the US for what he described as an overly militaristic view of next-generation wireless technology.

“Unfortunately, the US sees the 5G technology as a strategic weapon. For them it is a kind of nuclear bomb,” Ren said in an interview with German news outlets Handelsblatt and Wirtschaftswoche.

“But this is not the case. In my opinion, our technology is more like a tap … Only the 5G faucet is bigger and wider than the 4G faucet.”

The US has engaged in an aggressive campaign to urge European countries to ban Huawei from providing 5G network equipment, despite the fact that the Chinese firm is already a leading provider of 4G gear for the region.

Ren agreed in the interview that the US efforts are as much about fears of Chinese technological supremacy as they are about security.

“Yes, the US does not want to be overtaken. Although the industry we work in is not that important, the US does not want us to outperform US companies,” he said.

But Ren was also quick to praise Trump for his domestic economic policies.

“Trump is great because he has been cutting tax rates in such a short space of time – and in a democratic country,” he said, adding that he hoped China would follow suit.

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