Inside Huawei’s manufacturing empire – including the £1.2billion ‘research and development’ campus where staff sleep under desks during shifts

Inside Huawei’s manufacturing empire – including the £1.2billion ‘research and development’ campus where staff sleep under desks during shifts

The photos give Westerners a rare-glimpse into the sprawling factories that keeps British and American spies up at night.  One shot shows young employees hunched over as they graft on a production line.  Another shows them glued to their smartphones as they queue for European-style cuisine in a lavish canteen.  One base at Songshan Lake near Dongguan, China, is known as the Huawei Xiliu Beipo Village – but is nicknamed the Ox Horn Campus in English.  One sector is based on French capital Paris – with other areas taking inspiration from Friboug, Switzerland, Heidelberg, Germany, Bruges, Belgium, and Oxford, England.  Each zone is linked by red trams imported from Switzerland.  Huawei’s President Ren Zhengfei said: “140 years ago, the world’s centre was in Pittsburgh because of steel; 70 years ago, the world’s centre was in Detroit because of cars; now where is the centre of the world? I don’t know, but it will be decentralised.  “Companies will move to places where the cost is low. High cost will destroy your competitiveness.”  It comes after Theresa May gave Huawei the green light to supply part of Britain’s 5G network.  The US has banned Huawei from government networks and urged the UK and other intelligence partners such as Australia to do the same.  Chinese firms are legally obliged to cooperate with Beijing’s state intelligence agencies.

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