Huawei’s Russia pullback could indicate a bigger signal from Beijing

Huawei’s decision to send its staff in Russia home and to suspend all orders there could well point to bigger moves in China relating to the current conflict in Ukraine

Ren Zhengfei, Huawei’s founder and chief executive.

Ren Zhengfei is a tech founder, a Europhile, a rarely seen face, but, most importantly, a patriot. The Huawei founder’s loyalty to the regime in Beijing has never been in question, indeed it’s that very loyalty that has limited what the business can do in the US and Europe with its lack of access to Google services.

That’s why the decision by Huawei over the weekend, first reported by Forbes Russia, to send its staff ...