Chinese helped Japan to tackle Tsunami in 2011

As Japan declared ' Nuclear Emergency' following 2011's Tsunami, Huawei's teams flew to affected areas and restored 680 base stations within two weeks.

As magnitude-9.0 earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean off the northeast coast of Japan’s Honshu island on March 11, 2011, world’s leading countries responded with sending special planes to fly their citizens out of Japan. While certain countries issued travel advisories warning their citizens not to undertake visit to Japan in the wake of Tsunami.

An estimated 20,000 people were dead or missing and close to 500,000 people were forced to evacuate. In addition, a nuclear power plant meltdown triggered a nuclear emergency sending shocking waves across the world.

Thousands of miles away, the news of nuclear leakage in Fukushima was received with great concern in headquarters of Huawei - world’s most respected and reputed telecom company known for its latest technology and highly professional engineers.

Japan was passing through critical time. Even its friends were reluctant to send rescue teams to teams to affected areas in the need of hour.

In these circumstances, top management at ‘Huawei’ took a ‘landmark’ decision to send its teams to the affected areas to restore telecommunications equipment. A decision that was hailed by many across the globe. That was a really important lifeline, especially in those difficult times.

Meng Wanzhou, deputy chairwoman of the board and chief financial officer of Huawei, also flew from Hong Kong to Japan to supervise the operations of Huawei’s teams. There were only two passengers on that flight. Her courage impressed the Japanese as well as the world, a lot.

Japan still acknowledges Huawei’s response.

“ Both, people and government of Japan are grateful to Huawei for its response to Japan’s nuclear emergency,” a senior diplomat told this correspondent.

Founder of Huawei believes his company is always willing to help.

Huawei is a company that does not run away in the face of disasters. Instead, we march toward those disaster-stricken areas. The second example is a tsunami that happened in Indonesia. 47 Huawei employees restored 668 base stations in affected areas within 13 hours, supporting the disaster relief efforts,” Mr. Ren Zhengfei, owner of telecom giant Huawei told journalists recently.

Another example is the 9.1-magnitude earthquake that happened in Chile. Three Huawei employees were out of touch at the epicentre of the earthquake. The local team sought my opinion when they were about to send a rescue team. I thought there could be subsequent earthquakes and I feared that there would be even greater losses if we were to send the rescue team. We decided to wait patiently. Finally, those three individuals managed to contact their supervisor. That supervisor told them where microwave equipment was broken. And then those three individuals returned to repair the microwave equipment. We then shot a short movie based on their experience. Afterwards, I went to Chile and talked with those employees,” Ren told journalists.

“The richest man in Chile gave me a box of very good wine as a gift. I gave it to the three employees,” he added.

Over the past 30 years Huawei’s products have been used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving more than 3 billion users in total. It has maintained a solid track record in security.

Known as one of world’s most successful entrepreneurs, Ren proudly told the journalists that at the time when he wanted to found Huawei, he did not have enough money.

“When I got demobilized from the military, my wife and I received a total of CNY3,000 as compensation from the military. At the time, a minimum of CNY20,000 was required as registered capital to start a company in Shenzhen. By pooling funds from different people, I managed to get CNY21,000 to register Huawei,” Mr. Ren said.

Today, the total number of shares that he personally have within Huawei is 1.14%, and the stake that Steve Jobs had in Apple was 0.58%.

“That means there is still potential for my stake to be further diluted. I should learn from Steve Jobs,” Mr. ren told journalists.

This correspondent learnt that Huawei’s annual R&D investment has reached 15 to 20 billion US dollars. It is going to invest a total of more than 100 billion US dollars into R&D.