‘This is not rule of law’: detention of Huawei workers sparks backlash: Arrests have raised questions in China about the company’s ties to the state and the wider tech industry

With almost 200,000 employees and operations in more than 170 countries, it is the crown jewel of China’s tech industry, a leader in fifth generation or 5G internet and the focus of scrutiny by western governments, which see its global expansion as a security threat.

Beijing has been extreme sensitive to criticism of its national champion, threatening retaliation against countries that block Huawei from their markets and censoring negative media. Chinese officials have repeatedly said the government would take all necessary measures to defend the company…

“This isn’t just one or two times,” said Zeng, who believes the five arrests show the extent of Huawei’s “relationships with the government, the police and the courts”. “In China, all three can be manipulated. As long as Huawei says this person has done something, the police will arrest them.”

Article URL : https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/dec/23/this-is-not-rule-of-law-detention-of-huawei-workers-sparks-backlash

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