Huawei Technologies Co Ltd plans to shift its research center to Canada from the United States, Ren Zhengfei, the founder of the Chinese telecoms equipment maker, said in an interview with Canada's Globe and Mail.
Huawei's "center for research and development will be moved out of the United States, and that will be relocated to Canada", Ren told the Globe and Mail, adding that the company will also manufacture some mobile network equipment outside China.
Last month, the US telecom regulator voted to prohibit the country's carriers from using a public fund to buy products and services from Huawei and ZTE and also proposed asking fund recipients to purge their networks of those companies' equipment. Huawei has also been managing the loss of access to US tech components and software after being placed on an American blacklist.
Ren gave no details of how many jobs might be affected.
In December 2018, Meng Wanzhou, the Chief Financial Officer for Huawei, was arrested in Canada at the request of the USA for allegedly defrauding multiple financial institutions to evade sanctions on Iran.
In September, Huawei claimed that the USA used "unscrupulous means" to disrupt its global business operations such as cyberattacks and harassment of Huawei employees from us law enforcement.
Internet users and even the state media have called the company hypocritical for having an employee arrested on what turned out to be spurious allegations, while enjoying the backing of Chinese and their government.
"The research and development centre will move from the United States, and Canada will be the centre", Ren said in a video excerpt of the interview on the Globe and Mail website.
Ren said the speed of the research centre move will depend in part on if USA staff will be allowed to move to Canada. The US Commerce Department in May placed Huawei on a trade blacklist, citing national security concerns. One, filed in NY, accuses the company of bank fraud and says it plotted to violate USA trade sanctions against Iran. The company also has unveiled its own smartphone operating system it says can replace Google's Android if necessary.