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My way or the Huawei: how US ultimatum over China's 5G giant fell flat in Southeast Asia | SCMP |

For James Andrew Lewis, director of the technology policy programme at Washington think tank the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the fundamental problem is "no one trusts China, not even its friends".

"The lack of trust is the result of China's coercive policies and from its massive global espionage campaign. Huawei offers good equipment at heavily subsidised prices, and this is tempting for most governments - many countries will choose cheap but not secure. If Huawei was a Brazilian company, most of its problems would go away, but because it is seen as a tool of the Chinese state, people are nervous about buying from them," said Lewis, who previously worked for the US government as a foreign service officer.

But Koh Chee Koon, an ex-consultant for Huawei, said carriers in Southeast Asia were far less likely than their counterparts in the West to take notice of American fears.


In the West, the battles are going Washington's way. Its claims that Huawei is a front for Chinese espionage have prompted every single one of its fellow members in the Five Eyes intelligence sharing community - Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand - to question the wisdom of dealing with the company.

YB Dr Ong Kian Ming Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry visits Huawei Malaysia Global Training Centre | Huawei |

YB Dr Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia visited Huawei's first global training centre based in Cyberjaya to understand the ICT leader's investment impact to Malaysia. The centre is aimed at positioning Malaysia as a prominent training hub for ICT technologies and talent development.

At the visit, Dr Ong Kian Ming shared, "MGTC, Huawei's first training centre outside of China, is a good example of Malaysia's close trade and investment ties with China. Huawei has over 2,500 employees in Malaysia of which over two-thirds are Malaysians. Huawei is further collaborating with over 300 local partners across the ICT ecosystem, deepening their operations in the Malaysian market."

YB Dr Ong Kian Ming discussing with Michael Yuan, CEO of Huawei Malaysia and Leong Kwong Onn, MGTC Director.

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