Huawei's Battle: Cold War or Commercial War?

Huawei's Battle: Cold War or Commercial War?

Mona Chung (Deakin University, Australia) and Bruno Mascitelli (Swinburne University, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6441-8.ch010
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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to explore the causes and reasons for these actions and to ascertain what key strategic approaches and positioning lie behind the high-level political tension. This is a conceptual chapter that looks at Huawei, the giant Chinese telecommunications company that has become the focus of contract exclusion and finger pointing by certain Western governments. The finding of this chapter suggests that the argument of “national security” used by the US and Australia in refusing Huawei's NBN contract is controversial. The chapter provides the causes behind this argument. This chapter makes valuable contribution whether it be due to Cold War legacies or business competition; the exclusions do not sit well in this globalised economy.
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The Meaning Of An Emerging Power

There are few cases in history in which a nation has grown as quickly as China has and certainly not in modern industrial times has one single country come from such a low economic base to be declared as the next superpower alongside the United States. Many look to the last decade as being the most significant in this economic advance. China’s average growth of 7-8 per cent each year has been a constant over the last three decades. Chang (2001, p.9) observes that “In the extraordinary era from 1978 through the middle of the 1990s, China had the fastest growing economy in the world, perhaps the fastest in world history”.

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