Huawei Denies Buyout by State-Owned Firm-Yicai Global

What happened: China’s top smartphone and telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies denied a rumor that it’s in the process of being acquired by a state-owned entity.

The Shenzhen-based firm also rebutted reports about a business spinoff and about divesting some of its subsidiaries.

Why it’s important: Founded in 1987, Huawei is known as a private enterprise whose 180,000 employees hold all the stakes.

The status of being an employee-owned company is one of the arguments that the company emphasizes to distance itself from allegations of government control.

Due to the military background of its founder Ren Zhengfei, however, the company is cautiously warded off in the overseas market for security reasons.

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