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Huawei founder says company does not spy for China

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Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei denied accusations on Tuesday that the company is being used by the Chinese government to spy on other nations, the Financial Times reports.

The big picture: Zhengfei's daughter and Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was detained in Canada last month and faces extradition to the U.S. for violating sanctions on Iran, which has caused the Chinese government to pressure Canada for her release. Last week, a Huawei executive was arrested in Poland after allegedly spying for China’s secret service — and promptly fired by the telecom giant amid intensified Western scrutiny.

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