- Huawei has been thrust into the news recently because of the arrest of one of its top executives and the effect it could have on US-China relations and the ongoing trade war.
- But the massive company – which sells more smartphones than Apple – hasn’t halted production of consumer products and other tech at its headquarters in Shenzhen, China, Bloomberg reported.
- Bloomberg recently got a rare look inside Huawei’s campus and learned that the company’s research lab is nicknamed the “White House.”
- Huawei’s ties to the Chinese government – and US officials’ concerns that its tech could be used for spying in the US – have effectively halted its entry into the US market.
As allegations that the Chinese tech company Huawei violated US trade sanctions threaten to blow up relations between China and the US, life continues inside both the White House and Huawei’s headquarters, which reportedly has its own “White House.”
Bloomberg recently got a look inside Huawei’s massive campus – in Shenzhen, China – where the publication said employees are working on cutting-edge technology to rival the US “heedless” of controversies overseas. The campus includes a research lab dubbed the “White House,” where visitors are rarely allowed inside, Bloomberg reported.
Huawei’s campus boasts an estimated 60,000 employees and features a lake home to black swans to represent what CNBC described earlier this year as “non-complacency within the corporate culture.”
While many Americans may not be familiar with Huawei, the company is a major player in the tech industry. It saw $93 billion in sales last year, rivaling numbers put up by Microsoft. Huawei also makes widely popular phones, and it beats Apple in the number of smartphones sold.
But Huawei’s popular phones aren’t regularly found in the US. The company has tried and failed to make deals with network carriers like AT&T and Verizon to sell its devices. And because most people in the US buy smartphones from carrier stores, Huawei has largely been shut out of the US market.
The reason Huawei is so foreign to many Americans has to do with the company’s ties to the Chinese government. This relationship has made US officials fearful that Huawei’s smartphones and technology could be used for state-sponsored spying in the US, a sentiment that other countries have echoed.
As if the cybersecurity threat wasn’t enough to put up a divide between the technology industries in the US and China, the two countries have been locked in a trade war this year.
Though Meng is now out on bail, Chinese officials recently detained two Canadian citizens in China in an apparent backlash to Meng’s arrest.
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