Chinese telecom upstart Huawei, which has had a hard time breaking into some markets for cultural reasons, has hit a new barrier in India. Om Malik reports the company's ties to the Chinese government and military are seen as a threat to India's strategic telecommunications network -- a big enough threat that the Indian government has put a hold on Huawei's operations there. Huawei has strong ties to China's government and military, as its founder is a former army officer whose background helped the company win military contracts during its early years. These connections could become a bigger factor as the company works to break into more western markets, as evidenced by previous deals with Chinese companies that got hung up by political or security concerns.
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