The founder of Huawei expressed confidence that Washington’s curbs on technology sales to the Chinese tech giant will have little impact and said on Tuesday, May 21, it is talking with Google about “emergency relief” for loss of services for its smartphone business.

Huawei Technologies Ltd., the biggest maker of network gear for phone carriers, has “supply backups” if it loses access to American components, Ren Zhengfei told Chinese reporters. His comments were broadcast by state TV and other outlets.

The Trump administration said Huawei is a security risk. Its order last week requires government permission for sales of U.S. technology to the company, which denies accusations it facilitates Chinese spying.

A man walks by a Huawei retail shop behind a handrail inside a commercial office building in Beijing, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. The Trump administration's sanctions against Huawei have begun to bite even though their dimensions remain unclear. U.S. companies that supply the Chinese tech powerhouse with computer chips saw their stock prices slump Monday, and Huawei faces decimated smartphone sales with the anticipated loss of Google's popular software and services. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A man walks by a Huawei in Beijing, on May 21, 2019. The Trump administration’s sanctions against Huawei have begun to bite. U.S. companies that supply the Chinese tech powerhouse with computer chips saw their stock prices slump Monday, and Huawei faces decimated smartphone sales with the anticipated loss of Google’s popular software and services. (Andy Wong/AP Photo)

Those controls “will have no impact within this company” and none on development of next-generation telecom technology, Ren said. He said some low-end business might be affected.

Huawei has developed its own chips for some smartphones and other products but relies on American suppliers for its most advanced components.

Huawei and Google are discussing possible “emergency relief measures” for its smartphone business, which might lose access to some of the American company’s services, Ren said. He gave no details.

In this photo taken Monday, May 20, 2019, residents enjoy a cool evening near a Huawei store in Beijing. The Trump administration's sanctions against Huawei have begun to bite even though their dimensions remain unclear. U.S. companies that supply the Chinese tech powerhouse with computer chips saw their stock prices slump Monday, and Huawei faces decimated smartphone sales with the anticipated loss of Google's popular software and services. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Residents enjoy a cool evening near a Huawei store in Beijing, on May 20, 2019. The Trump administration’s sanctions against Huawei have begun to bite. Huawei faces decimated smartphone sales with the anticipated loss of Google’s popular software and services. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., said Monday its basic services will still work on Huawei smartphones, which use its Android operating system.

Google gave no details of what services might be curtailed, but the company would be barred from transferring hardware or software directly to Huawei, which would affect maps or other services that require the American company’s support.

Huawei is the No. 2 global smartphone brand by sales volume behind South Korea’s Samsung. Industry analysts said it might struggle to compete if it cannot line up replacements for Google services that run afoul of the U.S. curbs.

A man looks at his smartphone past a Huawei retail shop is seen through a handrail inside a commercial office building in Beijing, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. The Trump administration's sanctions against Huawei have begun to bite even though their dimensions remain unclear. U.S. companies that supply the Chinese tech powerhouse with computer chips saw their stock prices slump Monday, and Huawei faces decimated smartphone sales with the anticipated loss of Google's popular software and services. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A man looks at his smartphone near a Huawei retail shop in Beijing, on May 21, 2019. (Andy Wong/AP Photo)

“I should say this impact will be very big, but Google is an extremely good company,” Ren said. “We are discussing emergency relief measures.”

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