The Curious Case of Huawei
Anurag Sharma, Research Associate, VIF

China’s journey from being an agrarian economy to one of the largest economies with a strong military and cyber capabilities is commendable. However, its military and cyber capabilities are built upon relentless efforts to steal critical military and technical information of other countries, mainly the United States (US). Leading Chinese companies, including one of the telecom giants—Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. (hereafter Huawei), are taking advantage of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects to access the competitive neighbourhood nations. Huawei's 5G network may offer several benefits to any nation’s essential infrastructure(s) such as transportation, technical capabilities, Fintech, and healthcare, among other sectors. These infrastructures are often considered critical to the nation and require the partnership of government and public-private entities to assess and further mitigate associated risks.

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