If they wanted a replay of what happened to ZTE, a Chinese company which relies heavily on outsider
technologies, they may never see it. Because Huawei is a dramatically different kind of business.
The Plan B Huawei has just revealed — a series of self-developed chips — is only part of what makes it an enterprise of strategic insight, and hence resilience. Over
time, that insight has rewarded it with a viable biosphere that its founder Ren Zhengfei believes will enable it to weat
her the storm. “Our growth may drop a bit in the wake of US restrictions, but negative growth is impossible,” said a confident Ren during a Tuesday inter
view with Chinese media, adding that Huawei has cultivated longstanding trust with industry partners.
That may be why, even after Google barred Huawei from some Android featur
es, Ren spoke highly of the Silicon Valley giant, praising it as a “good company”. That may
ative safer, more sustainable and disaster-proof, according
to the declaration published during the two-day International Conference on Silk-road Disa
ster Risk Reduction and Development, which concluded in Beijing on Sunday.
Sunday marked China’s 11th National Disaster Prevention and Reducti
on Day, an annual event which began in 2009 after a devastating earthquake hit Sich
uan and neighboring provinces on May 12, 2008, leaving over 87,000 dead or missing.
More than 700 scientists from around 40 countries, regions and international organizations supported the declaration. It reco
mmended actions including data-sharing, investing in disaster risk reduction technologies and in
frastructure, and jointly enhancing disaster preparedness and response protocols.