Mar 2, 2018

Another Huawei charm offensive, this time in the Financial Review

Chinese ICT manufacturer Huawei has launched yet another charm offensive, this time aimed at AFR readers, about why it should be allowed into the backbone of global communications.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Chinese ICT manufacturer Huawei has certainly got its money’s worth from the Financial Review this week. After flying Jennifer Hewett to Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress, Hewett has produced two glowing pieces for the company, “Huawei's quiet determination pays off” and an "exclusive" interview with CEO Ken Hu.

Both pieces -- which disclosed that Hewett had traveled courtesy of Huawei -- peddled the trademark Huawei aggrieved tone that we've heard so often from the company in previous charm offensives: that western countries like the US and Australia have banned its wonderful products over unfounded fears they will provide the Chinese dictatorship with ready access to telecommunications across the world. Hu complained of “groundless suspicions” about Huawei’s links with the People’s Liberation Army and the Chinese government.

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3 thoughts on “Another Huawei charm offensive, this time in the Financial Review

  1. Paddlefoot

    Direct you to an article in the Economist about the growth of the Chinese Tech industry, and a stroll around commercial Shanghai will reinforce ” in e-commerce and mobile payments, its industry is now bigger than America’s. “. In the emerging world of IOT, connectivity and collaboration is key , so those who thrive set global standards and cement themselves at the centre of every discussion ( see Microsoft in the 1990s ). To quote ” One scenario is that national-security worries mean China’s and America’s tech markets end up being largely closed to each other, leaving everywhere else as a fiercely contested space. This is how the telecoms-equipment industry works, with Huawei imperious around the world but stymied in America.” This will be a defining battle, as we just start to grapple with the consequences of the connectivity explosion in the last 10 years.

    1. York City

      Not to worry, Turnbull’s NBN should protect us from the future.

  2. AR

    Thank thee Lord “ greater cyber security risk than any ICT vendor sharing global supply chains.., that is such a relief.
    I’m completely reassured.

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