Ren said complaints from US authorities over alleged security issues have ironically helped promote Huawei products around the world. Handout.

Huawei is “open” to selling its 5G chips to its rival smartphone maker Apple, said Ren Zhengfei, founder of the Chinese telecom giant in an interview with CNBC.

Apple is unlikely to want Huawei’s Kirin processor as it already has its own, but the 5G modem chip could be of interest as the US company previously used modems from Qualcomm and Intel for its iPhones, the report said.

Huawei is presently the third largest smartphone maker in the world and has been pushing into the high end segment. Its 5G chips are reserved only for its own products, but Ren’s remarks confirmed earlier statements by Huawei’s consumer business CEO Yu Chengdong about the openness for Apple involvement.

However, given the current political environment it is unlikely to happen as the Chinese technology giant has been facing increasing scrutiny from US and British intelligence agencies and other allies. Apple declined to comment, CNBC said.

In addition, Ren said complaints fromUS authorities about alleged securities issues, however, has in return resulted in good advertising for Huawei products and advanced technology, helping it win big orders from some wealthy countries.

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