Huawei, the big-name Chinese tech company that seems to be a thorn in the U.S. government’s side, is on the headlines again, but not in the way people might think.
A South China Morning Post report reveals that a lot of other developed countries don’t really consider Huawei as concerning. The Overseas Development Institute, a group based in London, notably stated that a certain policy involving Chinese investment in tech infrastructure isn’t yielding anything positive as of the moment, despite fears that the company’s infrastructure could pose a massive spying risk.
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KUNMING, CHINA – JUNE 03: A Huawei mobile phone with HarmonyOS 2 operating system is pictured on June 3, 2021 in Kunming, Yunnan Province of China.
As a result, Huawei may have to focus on being self-sufficient in researching and producing their tech, including the manufacture of semiconductor chips. This could be something that would work in Huawei’s favor these days, given that the company is currently building 5G infrastructure in France.
It’s worth noting that the Chinese government has been quite the thorn in the side of the U.S. government, though the latter hasn’t really been successful in terms of having the company banned in a lot of Western countries, including the U.K., as stated in a report by WIRED last year.
For now, Huawei is investing a massive amount of money in establishing some beachhead in the European market, where they hope to supply around $1.2 billion worth of 5G equipment when their French manufacturing facility opens up in 2023.
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Huawei and its Major Forays into Western Tech Space
According to an interview with the BBC, Huawei Chief Executive Richard Yu stated that the U.S. might be scared because the company is too competitive. And perhaps he wasn’t kidding because the brand has been steadily making major moves in the Western tech space.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Huawei’s new mobile operating system, HarmonyOS, is going to replace Android in a lot of upcoming smartphones. But a lot of experts are saying that the O.S. isn’t really that much different compared to Android, which could mean that users might not have a hard time adjusting.
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YICHANG, CHINA – JUNE 3, 2021 – A mobile phone shows Huawei’s Hongmeng system Harmonyos 2, Yichang, central China’s Hubei province, June 3, 2021.
It seems like not a lot of things are stopping the Chinese tech giant from making even greater waves in Western (and maybe even global) space, which has fueled speculation over the years. But France allowing the company to build a multi-billion-dollar manufacturing plant right in its wheelhouse seems like more than enough proof that the West is more than willing to open its doors.
U.S. To Blame for the Massive Chip Shortage?
According to Huawei, yes. The global chip shortage that has gripped tech industries all over the world is due to American sanctions against the company. As a result, a lot of tech companies (even Chinese ones) are stockpiling inventory, with most of them having over six months’ worth already.
Then again, this is still something that remains to be seen for the foreseeable future. For now, it seems like U.S. fears against Huawei aren’t being realized.
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