Southeast Asian countries eyeing the promise of 5G connectivity to boost economic development are open to Chinese telecommunications company Huawei among others, experts told China Daily.
Economic considerations and a strategic foreign policy element are among the reasons why Southeast Asian countries have adopted a relative openness toward Huawei, said Amalina Anuar, an analyst with the Centre for Multilateralism Studies at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University.
“Huawei’s 5G technology is generally reputed to be both advanced and relatively more affordable,” Anuar said. “Having a multivendor approach and avoiding exclusion of Huawei is considered a more balanced policy option so that ASEAN members don’t have to choose sides.”
Huawei Technologies is the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker and second-largest smartphone vendor. It has been targeted by the United States on allegations of espionage even with no evidence amid the Sino-US trade conflict. Huawei has denied all the accusations.