Excerpted from the diary of Ms. Meng Wanzhou, CFO at Huawei

Ms. Meng Wanzhou, CFO at Huawei, has been in the habit of keeping a diary for many years. Below is an excerpt from what she wrote on December 19, 2018, after receiving a touching and simple letter from a Japanese citizen, who lost his mother in the Fukushima earthquake and where Huawei deployed its communication networks of emergencies after the disaster and executed a reconstruction plan:

Last night, a letter from a Japanese citizen arrived on my “WeChat Moments”1 and caught my attention, as well as being moved by his words expressing solidarity, by his feeling of gratitude due to the actions carried out by Huawei after the Fukushima earthquake. Then I remembered a phrase that has been quoted many times: “There is still good faith in the world.”

1 Very common social network in Asia.

After my arrest in Canada, the day I was released on bail, while I was waiting in court to complete the formalities, my lawyer talked to me and said that many strangers had called his office offering to give their property to cover the bail. even though they didn’t know me. They hadn’t even listened to me, but they do know Huawei and recognize the company, so they’re willing to support me. My lawyer said that in his forty-year professional career he had never seen anything like this, so many people are willing to give such great support to a stranger. When I read the Japanese citizen’s words, I couldn’t help but burst into tears, not for myself, but for so many people who believe and trust me.

At the time of the Fukushima earthquake in Japan, I was at the IBM headquarters in the United States, participating in a week-long workshop. There was a detailed communication round going on with senior finance experts at IBM regarding whether they should initiate the IFS (international quality and safety standards) change and its scope.

Back then, the company decided to go to all the emergency plans in charge of finance and economy, including war, plague, all kinds of convulsions, earthquakes, etc. The finance and business teams were required to draw up emergency plans in various scenarios and staged rehearsals so that when disaster strikes, the plan can be launched quickly and company departments can assemble and respond according to the plan’s design. Since I couldn’t leave the United States back then, they asked Ms. Sun (Huawei’s Chairman of the Board at the time) to go to Japan alone.


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