Inside Huawei, China's Tech Giant

China’s leading telecom company is a hub for the world’s economy but faces political headwinds from the U.S.

By Lydia Chebbine, Assistant Photo Editor?May 16, 2019
By Lydia Chebbine, Assistant Photo Editor?May 16, 2019, at 4:14 p.m.

April 12, 2019 | Dongguan, China | Huawei workers leave at the end of the workday at the new sprawling Ox Horn research and development campus.

Huawei is arguably China’s most valuable technology brand, and sells more telecommunications equipment than any other company in the world, with annual revenue topping $100 billion. Headquartered in the southeastern city of Shenzhen, which is considered China’s Silicon Valley, Huawei has more than 180,000 employees worldwide, with nearly half of them engaged in research and development. In 2018, the company overtook Apple Inc. as the second-largest manufacturer of smartphones in the world behind Samsung Electronics, a milestone that has made Huawei a source of national pride in China.

While commercially successful and a dominant player in 5G, or fifth-generation networking technology, Huawei has faced political headwinds and allegations that its equipment includes so-called backdoors that the U.S. government perceives as a national security threat. Recently, President Donald Trump signed an executive order apparently aimed at banning Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from U.S. networks.

Here’s a look at daily life at the telecom giant’s headquarters.
(Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)


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