Chinese telecom giant Huawei gave Overseas media a Glimpse into its state-of-the-art facilities Wednesday as the normally secretive company steps a counter-offensive against US warnings that it could be used by Beijing for espionage and sabotage.
hinese telecom giant Huawei gave Overseas media a Glimpse into its state-of-the-art facilities Wednesday as the normally secretive company steps a counter-offensive against US warnings that it could be used by Beijing for espionage and sabotage.
Huawei has kicked off the year with an aggressive PR campaign that has witnessed reclusive founder Ren Zhengfeiabruptly give a series of interviews with foreign media to deny the company was a hazard, while executives have ignored the US warnings as baseless.
“I don’t think this isn’t any change in their DNA as much as a Beijing communist-style’we are going to pound you into submission’,” Christopher Balding, a China specialist at Fulbright University at Ho Chi Minh City, told AFP.
Foreign journalist visits are barely routine at a headquarters in which high tech labs and production facilities employ 60,000 people, but these are rare instances for the company.
America states Huawei equipment can be manipulated by China’s Communist government to spy on other nations and disrupt critical communications.
Washington is urging authorities to shun the business just as the planet readies for the advent of ultra-fast 5G telecommunications, an improvement that Huawei was expected to direct and which will allow wide adoption of next-generation technologies such as artificial intelligence.
Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, Ren’s daughter, also faces a court hearing on Wednesday at Vancouver on a US extradition request. 2 Canadians have been detained in China in suspected retaliation within her arrest.
Two affiliates also have been charged with stealing trade secrets from telecommunications team T-Mobile.
“They ought to be able to ride out this,” Balding said.
“It is not sensible to expect the whole world to ditch Huawei and that probably would not be good anyhow,” he said.
Founded by Ren in 1987, Huawei has espoused a relentless”wolf” ethos that executives say fuelled its rise to become the world leader in telecom network hardware.
It was seen how the new charm offensive will perform, however, the wolf might already smell blood.
After intense recent lobbying from Huawei, reports have indicated Britain and New Zealand could return before signs that the corporation would be suspended out of their telecom programs.
At the world’s top mobile industry honest in Spain last week, Huawei bagged 5G commercial contracts or partnership arrangements with 10 telecom operators including Switzerland’s Sunrise, Iceland’s Nova, Saudi Arabia’s STC and Turkey’s Turkcell.
On Thursday, Huawei Chairman Guo Ping will hold a news conference at the Shenzhen headquarters which could possibly be the actual reason for the media tour’s time.
The New York Times on Monday cited anonymous sources saying Huawei this week will announce plans to sue the US government for barring American federal agencies from utilizing the company’s products.
This issue of the news conference hasn’t yet been revealed, but a big announcement would enable Huawei to grab back the narrative from Meng’s extradition hearing.
Huawei declined to comment publicly on the Times report.
Opening its own sprawling grounds also is a chance for Huawei to show it is a worldwide player to not be trifled with.
Around 60,000 employees operate in its Shenzhen headquarters – near Dongguan – which has cutting-edge laboratories, hotels, swimming pools and fitness centres, a dozen cafeterias, and a Huawei University where it trains employees as well as foreign customers and partners.
Huawei strenuously denies any connections to China’s government.
Sceptics, however, say it is exceedingly unlikely that Ren, a former Chinese military scientist, could have led his company to these heights in such a tactical industry without the support of Beijing, that has clearly stated its objective of becoming the world’s high-tech pioneer.
Besides its network dominance, Huawei is the world’s second-largest smartphone supplier after Samsung and Apple.