Australian Financial Review The telecommunications giant has sponsored sporting teams, hired lobbyists and set up research institutes in an attempt to portray itself as open and transparent. by Angus Grigg
'In reality it remains a paranoid and secretive organisation.
'The Australian Financial Review
got a first hand look at this on Friday, as part of a
government-organised tour which should have been an opportunity for
Huawei to showcase its technology. Instead, things got a little crazy
when the issue of national security was raised.
'In both English
and Chinese, Huawei could not have looked more defensive. The problems
began just minutes into a tour of the company's giant, low rise research
and development campus on the edge of Shanghai.
'The facility houses
10,000 employees, yet is still not big enough for Huawei's ambitions,
and apparently it can't be photographed. Soon after touring the canteen -
it can seat 2,000 for lunch - photographers and camera crews were told
no pictures were permitted inside its showroom for "security reasons".
prompted a little grumbling, but nothing major as a technology
evangelist from the company talked us through advances in 5G and how it
could be used to drive cars, fly drones and control robots.'