Relations between Canada and China soured after Ren's daughter and Huawei chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested past year during a flight stopover in Vancouver on a USA warrant alleging violations of sanctions against Iran.
In this November 20, photo, people stand outside of a Huawei store at a shopping mall in Beijing.
Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co. has plans to move its research and development (R&D) center from the U.S.to Canada and has already shifted key staff members as the spat between the USA and China over trade, technology and ongoing unrest in Hong Kong intensifies.
Huawei is one of the biggest global makers of smartphones and network gear for phone companies. US authorities say the company is a security risk, which Huawei denies, and announced curbs in May on its access to American components and technology.
Huawei, which was not immediately available to comment on Ren's interview, denies the allegations made by Washington. Her extradition case is before a Canadian court.More news: Willie Nelson says he's given up smoking grass because of health issues
The news weighed on Chinese telecom companies like Huawei.
Apparently, the firm had spent $510 million for its operations on the USA research unit in the previous year.
Ren said he also wants to move some 5G equipment manufacturing out of China and build automated factories in Europe as part of an effort to win more trust in the region, the Globe and Mail reported.
Ren said the speed of the research centre move will depend in part on if USA staff will be allowed to move to Canada.
The move to Canada will involve trimming the majority of the research centre's staff by 600 individuals to around 250 total employees. It also now lists 86 job openings in Canada between Burnaby, B.C., Edmonton, Markham, Montreal, Ottawa, and Waterloo, Ont.More news: Brush your teeth to protect the heart
"We can't exchange calls or emails with them", Ren said.
The move might come as a surprise to those who have followed the developments in the US-China trade war for the past few years, especially the company's turbulent relationship with Canada.
In July, Huawei announced it would bring high-speed wireless services to 70 communities in the Arctic and northern Quebec.
"There's Chinese companies looking to do investment here, and there's Canadian companies looking to do business in China". The US Commerce Department in May placed Huawei on a trade blacklist, citing national security concerns.
Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei gestures as he attends a session of the World Economic Forum in January 2015, in Davos. This may assuage the fears that have stemmed from the USA allegations regarding its products that could be used for spying by China.More news: Trump administration quietly releases Lebanon military aid
Huawei, headquartered in the southern city of Shenzhen, also operates research and development centers in Germany, India, Sweden and Turkey.