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Huawei's claims undermined by China

Jan 18, 2019 - Australian Financial Review
Board and Executive Moves

Huawei's founder, Ren Zhengfei, says he first saw advanced technology as a young technician in the military during the chaos and terror of the Cultural Revolution.

The Chinese government wanted to provide an impoverished population with one piece of decent clothing so it used French equipment to have the military build a large synthetic fibre factory.

This also meant Ren was permitted to read - a highly politically risky business in that era - to understand how the equipment worked.

Decades later, the Chinese economy and society are transformed and Ren is the founder of one of the world's biggest and most advanced telco equipment companies, but the global politics of managing Huawei's massive growth are even h...