SHENZHEN, China—The founder of Huawei Technologies Co. said his company has never spied for the Chinese government—and never would, as he made a rare public appearance following the arrest of his daughter in Canada.
“No law requires any company in China to install mandatory back doors,” Ren Zhengfei said Tuesday, referring to giving officials a key to access data on devices or networks. “I personally would never harm the interest of my customers and me, and my company would not answer to such requests.”
The U.S. has raised concerns about Huawei’s ties to the Chinese state and that its telecommunications equipment could be used by Beijing to spy—an allegation the company has repeatedly denied.
Mr. Ren, who is also Huawei’s chief executive, didn’t say what specifically he would do to resist requests from the Chinese government.
All companies doing business in China are required by law to hand over customer data to the…