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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Sanctions-hit Huawei ramps up investment in Chinese tech sector - ITREALMS

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Leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, Huawei Technologies has built up stakes in Chinese semiconductor companies and other tech businesses as the world's largest telecoms equipment maker bolsters its supply chain in the face of pressure from the United States.

Habo Investments, set up by Huawei in April 2019, has closed 17 deals for stakes in Chinese tech companies since August last year, public records show.

The investment arm was established in response to what Huawei's rotating chairman, Guo Ping, last week described as "suppression" by the United States after escalating restrictions that have cut off Huawei's supplies of many overseas chips and effectively barred it from building its own.

"Since Huawei is only one company, we use investment and technology to help our supply chain partners become mature," he said.

The company has emerged as a focal point in deteriorating U.S.-China relations with President Donald Trump's administration alleging that its equipment could be used by Beijing for spying, which the Chinese company has denied repeatedly.

Huawei's investment push also coincides with ramped-up government efforts to boost China's semiconductor sector, which still lags behind leading chip producers including the United States, South Korea and Taiwan.

Reports by Reuters

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