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Huawei announces major UK investment and procurement plan
|13 сентября 2012|
The founder and CEO of Huawei has committed his company to a €1.5 billion investment and procurement plan in the UK over the next five years.Ren Zhengfei said the China-based vendor would invest in R&D, local procurement and centre of excellence initiatives.
The CEO added that the company’s workforce would increase from 800 today to over 1,500 by 2017.
"The UK is one of the most important European markets in which Huawei has invested,” said Zhengfei.
“Over the past eleven years we have found its Government to be transparent, efficient and practical. The UK is an open market, which welcomes overseas investment.”
Such remarks are in stark contrast to Huawei’s recent experiences in the US.
In February 2011, the company felt compelled to write an open letter defending itself after its aborted attempt to takeover US-based server firm 3Leaf Systems.
US politicians and regulators raised overseas ownership concerns about the deal, leading Huawei to refute “unfounded and unproven claims of ‘close connections with the Chinese military,’ ‘disputes over intellectual property rights,’ ‘allegations of financial support from the Chinese government,’ and ‘threats to the national security of the United States’.”
The letter went on to say that Huawei was "committed to being a long-term investor in the US".
UK Prime Minister David Cameron appears to have no such concerns.
“I welcome this [Huawei announcement] … The British Government values the important relationship with China, both countries have much to offer each other and the business environment we are creating in the UK allows us to maximise this potential.”
Источник: European Communications