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Founder and CEO of the Chinese company, Ren Zhengfei (Photo Credit: Twitter)
Founder and CEO of the Chinese company, Ren Zhengfei (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Barely surviving, growth no longer a priority: Chinese tech giant Huawei's warning

ANI | Updated: Aug 27, 2022 23:12 IST

Beijing [China], August 27 (ANI): The economic troubles inside China now lay bare as the founder of the country's tech giant Huawei has warned of a 'painful' next decade and forecasted that China would suffer through tough market conditions.
In a memo to staff earlier this week, the founder and CEO of the Chinese company, Ren Zhengfei, sent out a blunt company-wide warning saying that Huawei was simply trying to survive by focusing on cash flow and profit and that expansion and growth is no longer a priority, reported news.com.au.
This comes as China's economy has been hit hard this year amid stringent Covid restrictions, souring international relations, an economic slowdown and a property crisis sparked by the collapse of real estate giant Evergrande.
After the message by the tech giant leader which warns of a "very painful" decade ahead, concerns have been sparked in China. "The next decade will be a very painful historical period, as the global economy continues to decline," Ren reportedly said in the leaked missive.
"Huawei must reduce any overly optimistic expectations for the future and until 2023 or even 2025, we must make survival the most important guideline, and not only survive but survive with quality."
CEO also supposedly added that it is unclear if Huawei can "break through" the 2023-2024 financial period. Ren also partially blamed Huawei's struggles on Western countries including Australia indicating that the Western sanctions were threatening the conglomerate's existence.
Notably, Australia was the first country to ban Huawei products in 2018 over national security concerns. Other western countries followed suit including the US, New Zealand and the UK. In May this year, Canada also did the same.

The US ban imposed by former President Donald Trump in 2019 was particularly devastating for the telco company as it prevented Huawei customers from using key Google apps such as Gmail, Maps and YouTube on their phones.
"Survive and earn a little money where we can. From this point of view, we need to adjust the market structure and study what can be done and what should be abandoned."
The CEO also flagged that some divisions of the company might experience downsizing. The message once leaked was shared extensively on Chinese social media. As per the reports, a whopping 100 million people shared and commented on the news.
Many are concerned that this spelt disaster for China's tech industry as a whole because a similar warning came from a real estate CEO last year which foreshadowed that sector falling into disarray.
Huawei released an update on its half-yearly revenue earlier this month, on August 12, and the results were trending downwards. Its first-half net profit more than halved in value from January to June, compared to the first half of 2021.
Revenue dropped 5.9 per cent compared to the same period the year before. The sharpest decline occurred from January to March, as per the media portal.
Moreover, as per several media reports, Huawei equipment has the ability to spy on other countries and provide critical data to the Chinese government. China, on the other hand, has denied the allegations of spying. (ANI)