Huawei: The storm over the Chinese telecoms giant

  • 6 March 2019
  • From the section Business
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Soon 5G mobile internet will be everywhere.

Telecoms giant Huawei is a pioneer but is accused of being a gateway for China to spy on Western nations.

Is the firm guilty? Or the victim of unfair rumours? I visited Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen to take a deeper look at one of the most controversial companies in the world.

Read the full report here.

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Ren Zhengfei: 'When the mask fell'

  • 18 February 2019
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For a man known as reclusive and secretive, Ren Zhengfei seemed confident in the conviction that the business he's built for the last 30 years can withstand the scrutiny of Western government.

"There's no way the US can crush us," the 74-year-old founder of Huawei told me in a room filled with ornate European chairs and dining tables.

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Why Asia isn't hanging up on Huawei

  • 8 February 2019
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Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is facing a global backlash but for many telecom operators in South East Asia, it is still among the preferred 5G partners.

Several Asian telecom firms have told me it is "business as usual" for Huawei in their countries.

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Why China is under pressure to make a trade deal

  • 27 January 2019
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In Washington this week, the US and China are due to hold their highest level talks since the two sides struck a temporary truce to their trade war.

They have until 1 March to come up with some sort of compromise or tariffs will be hiked again, and we march back into a trade fight that affects us all.

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Dyson's move to Singapore could help the UK

  • 23 January 2019
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Image caption Dyson makes a range of household appliances

Sir James Dyson's decision to move to Singapore may have been greeted with scorn by some but there could be advantages for the UK if more companies followed his Asian growth strategy.

The better Dyson's business does in Asia - the more likely more tax will be paid in the UK by Sir James and his shareholders on the dividends they receive from the profits the company makes in this fast growing region.

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Why China's slowdown should worry us all

  • 21 January 2019
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China's economy slowing down is not news in itself. For years, Beijing has broadcast that it's going to focus on quality - not quantity - of growth.

But still, we should be worried.

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Trade war: Three things the US and China will never agree on

  • 10 January 2019
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Trade talks between the US and China wrapped up this week with some optimism, but a deal still seems well out of reach.

The lack of any specifics from the meeting shows how difficult it is for Washington and Beijing to resolve the most complex issues between them: intellectual property, technology transfer and market access, along with Beijing's high-tech industrial aspirations.

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Huawei arrest of Meng Wanzhou: A 'hostage' in a new US-China tech war

  • 6 December 2018
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US President Donald Trump welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago state in Palm Beach, Florida, US, 6 April 2017. Image copyright Reuters

It is hard to overstate the symbolism and significance of the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial officer and daughter of its founder. Huawei is the crown jewel of Chinese tech and Ms Meng is effectively its princess.

On December 1, the same day as President Trump and President Xi sat down at the G20 over grilled sirloin and caramel pancakes, to work on easing the trade war, Ms Meng was arrested in Canada and is now facing extradition to the US.

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Trade war truce: A win for the US or China?

  • 2 December 2018
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After months of threats and tit-for-tat tariffs, finally a Christmas gift in the form of no new tariffs on 1 January from both the US and China.

The rapprochement between the two sides will no doubt bring some respite to markets and investors.

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G20 summit: Why Trump and Xi won't make a deal

  • 29 November 2018
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US President Donald Trump welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago state in Palm Beach, Florida, US, 6 April 2017. Image copyright Reuters

When the world's two most powerful leaders meet this week their bitter trade battle will set the ground for the pair to make up, or break up.

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping have had a rocky relationship. Last year, President Trump seemed to be the one doing the courting and Beijing had the upper hand. So much so that at that time, President Trump didn't even blame China for the trade surplus - saying it was the fault of previous American administrations instead.

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