Huawei finds itself in an unenviable position. Absent proof that it doesn’t have deep ties to the Chinese intelligence apparatus is not enough to prove an absence of the same.

Perhaps one of the most aggressive companies in the world, Huawei’s greatest strengths—dedication to customers and products, relentless expansion, and a work-first culture—just aren’t applicable to its current situation. The company’s greatest weaknesses—opacity and an insular culture—are working directly against it.

But just because Huawei is the scapegoat of choice in the ongoing tension between the US and China, doesn’t mean it won’t survive this rough period.

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John Artman

John Artman is the Editor in Chief for TechNode, the leading English information source for news and insight into China’s tech and startups, and co-host of the China Tech Talk podcast, a regular discussion...