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Yiqin Fu
Remarkable that Huawei's CEO never appealed to patriotism in his two-hour interview with the Chinese press yesterday. Instead, he said 1) nationalism is bad for the country; 2) China's future hinges on reform and opening up, and 3) China should honor its promises at the WTO.
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Yiqin Fu May 22
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Re innovation, Huawei's CEO said that China wouldn't be able to innovate given the state of its education. "China is used to throwing money at things. This strategy works for roads and bridges but won't work for chips. How much scholarship is there in our doctoral theses?"
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Yiqin Fu May 22
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Huawei CEO: China should incentivize foreign talent to migrate -- Israel and the U.S. became innovation hubs because they were able to attract migrants from the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. China will waste lots of time trying to innovate with closed doors.
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Yiqin Fu May 22
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Ren's tone stands in stark contrast to that of state media and official responses from Chinese ministries re Huawei. He even explicitly said, "Huawei products are only commodities. The only basis for using them is if you like them. Politics has nothing to do with it."
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Yiqin Fu May 22
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Also interesting that Chinese and English-language media focused on entirely different things when reporting the two-hour interview. Chinese intellectuals mostly seized on Ren's comment re innovation and nationalism, while the English-language press ran with headlines like these:
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Yiqin Fu May 22
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Most of the English-language reporting regurgitates material from the Global Times and the SCMP (see below). Focusing on the "inevitable" comment makes sense given the audience, but there are so many other things in that Huawei interview that are arguably equally newsworthy.
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Shai Oster May 22
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But Ren easily could have gotten Western media coverage. If he called a press conference, there’d be a stampede of reporters to his office
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central kingdom May 22
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Huawei has conducted many press conferences, the west “journalists” just weren’t interested.
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John Rawls May 22
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Does he really know the root cause of why China has become this way today?
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Marta Bengoa May 22
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What is the source of your paragraph/pict? You don’t mention it. Thx
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