Briefing: Video of children singing “Huawei the Beautiful” goes viral on Chinese social media

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How much do Chinese people love Huawei? Just ask these cute singing children – Washington Post

What happened: A video showing a group of children performing a song called “Huawei the Beautiful” quickly went viral on Wednesday. The video, which made its way to Weibo after being posted on WeChat, was created by Zhoudan Kids’ Singing Classroom, a Zhuhai-based production company. Reactions were mixed. Some voiced their support for Huawei while others called it propaganda. Huawei issued a statement on Weibo saying they weren’t involved in the video’s production. Zhoudan agreed, stating their intention as an “act of public benefit.”

Why it matters: Huawei has faced an onslaught of criticism in the West following the arrest of its CFO, Meng Wanzhou, for bank fraud in violating US sanctions against Iran. This sentiment is not echoed in China. A Financial Times report showed that following the arrest, 33% more consumers wanted to buy a Huawei smartphone. One smartphone sales person called the company“a patriotic icon.” The tech giant’s share of the Chinese smartphone market grew between 2017 and 2018 by 7 percent, outpacing competitors like Xiaomi and Oppo.