Chinese multinational Lenovo has issued a statement saying that CEO Yang Yuanqing’s interview with UK-based technology website The Inquirer, in which he was quoted as saying that Lenovo is not a Chinese company, was misinterpreted.

“Lenovo is a global company,” Yang told The Inquirer. “We’re not a Chinese company,” he said, adding that the company has a global footprint. The article aimed to investigate how the company was able to stay out of the spotlight, despite other Chinese companies being censured abroad.

However, the company says its CEO’s words were misconstrued, and further confusion was created by adding to the quote to the headline of the article. It claims that he said the company is not only a Chinese company but also a global firm, as it has R&D and manufacturing bases in numerous countries around the world.

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.