Huawei's Military Links Raise Concerns In India

from the we-want-you-as-a-new-recruit dept

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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  1. identicon
    beau, Aug 19th, 2005 @ 4:40pm

    is that really it?

    the company's ties to the Chinese government and military are seen as a threat to India's strategic telecommunications network
    Rather, is it more disconcerting to the financial elite's interests? Apparently most of the serious research into computer telecoms resides in India, how could they be so worried about an outside company coming in and compromising their networks? While Hauwei Tech does seem to have a large share of the market on switches and other network communiques, could they be so advanced as to be able to slime into India's sensitive networks.
    I don't think so, and I'm betting the reason given above is mere propaganda for the Indian citizens. But then again, I often wear a tinfoil hat.
    as a side note, this site more often than not SEES beyond the BS and into the pudding. i enjoy your guys' takes on many issues. Keep up the good work!

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  2. identicon
    dorpus, Aug 20th, 2005 @ 9:25pm

    Racism As a Growth Industry

    Will the 21st century see the proliferation of new hatreds, new store signs telling people of particular nationalities to stay out? Maybe cities throughout the world will have signs in many languages telling undesirable races to stay out.

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