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China wanted its tech R&D hub to become global leader. Then came trade war

Huawei's vaulting ambition to be at the forefront of future-defining technologies has landed the company in the crosshairs of the U.S. and other governments

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The fortunes of China’s largest technology company by revenue are entwined with a vast project that’s now the front line of the hugely consequential tech war.

Jeff Black, Allen Wan, Zhu Lin | Bloomberg
At a new 400-acre research-and-development center on China’s south coast, Huawei Technologies Co. engineers chat, tap at their phones, or chill out on a small electric tram that whirs them between buildings modeled variously on the Sorbonne or England’s great universities. They move through neighborhoods built in the style of Versailles or Renaissance Italy, passing by some of the 3,000 gardening and maintenance staff needed to keep the vast parklands immaculate.

It’s late July, and on this Disneyland-like corporate campus about an hour and a half’s drive from Hong Kong, Huawei seems to be basking in the wealth from its leadership

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First Published: Sep 30 2020 | 8:58 AM IST

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