Tuesday 16 July 2019

The Big Tech Show: Don’t push too far, Mr Trump: China’s in your hand

China’s President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump Photo: AFP/Getty Images
China’s President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Adrian spent a week in China getting a look under the hood of Huawei, the world’s most controversial tech company.

He discusses his experience here with two INM acolytes, Sunday Independent deputy business editor Fearghal O’Connor and Sunday Independent business correspondent Michael Cogley. He recounts how:

- He ended up singing with a band in a Chinese bar only to discover the guitarist was a senior Huawei executive (who then unexpectedly agreed to a revealing interview)

- He coped with being behind the great firewall of China, with no access to Google, Facebook, Twitter or any or their associated services (and how the virtual private network he paid for simply didn’t work)

- He navigated the astonishing scale of Shenzhen, a giant Chinese city that was designed after local politicians visited Shannon in Co Clare in 1980, and which now has 20m people (unlike Shannon in Co Clare)

Adrian, Fearghal and Michael also discuss the wider implications of the Huawei controversy for global security, multilateralism and our choice of mobile phone in the future.

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