Inside the Huawei tech hub in Shenzhen, and the company CEO's tech vision

All they need is batteries,” Huawei’s founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei told CTV News Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme in a rare, two-hour interview.

Huawei is in the global race to shape the technological future, and the first change on the horizon is the development of a 5G, or “fifth generation,” telecom network.

The U.S. has labelled Huawei technology a security risk in 5G discussions with other countries, but the company vehemently denies that its software and hardware are tied to Chinese spying.

Ren told LaFlamme that he would never risk alienating his customers around the world by providing a back door to information for the Chinese government.

A newly-built Huawei research and development complex in Dongguan, north of Shenzhen, replicates 12 European cities -- including Paris and Verona – and has its own tram system.

The headquarters in Shenzhen are spread over two square kilometres and dotted with buildings designed for work, rest and play, as well as perfectly manicured lawns and gardens.

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