Construction cranes at Huawei’s headquarters busily expand an already massive faux-European campus that Walt Disney would envy, as well as an in-house “university” that trains the C‘s growing global workforce. An escalating US effort to block supplies of vital semiconductors to a company it views as a security risk has Huawei officials and staff speaking anew of a sense of “crisis” on its huge campuses in and around the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.
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The expanding “European village” complex, housing 25,000 staff, sprawls around a lake, linked by red and orange trains that stop at stations including “Paris“, “Bologna“, and “Heidelberg”, each with plazas and architecture recalling those cities.
If the United States hoped to stop the company in its tracks, it hasn’t yet. But despite Washington’s now 18-month campaign — and the current coronavirus pandemic — staffing and the company’s big ambitions continue to grow. Eleven such themed zones are finished and another is being built.
The new US pressure “has naturally led to some concerns”, said Huawei University’s deputy director, Ryan Liu.
The US Commerce Department said Friday it was tightening efforts to deny Huawei access to global semiconductor supplies.
“If the spirit of the ruling is followed, it would have a major impact on Huawei,” said Kelsey Broderick, an analyst with Eurasia Group consultancy.
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