Vincent Boland: Western hubris to blame for meteoric rise of Huawei

While US and European telecoms giants grew fat on easy money, the Chinese giant stole the march on them

12th July, 2020
Vincent Boland: Western hubris to blame for meteoric rise of Huawei
‘In the emerging cold war over 5G, the evidence suggests that Huawei is indeed leaving its rivals in the dust.’ Picture: Getty

As the Cold War intensified in the late 1950s, a faction of the defence and security establishment in Washington became obsessed with what became known as the “missile gap”. This was the idea that the Soviet Union was far ahead of the US in the development and deployment of intercontinental ballistic missiles, and better prepared for attack and defence than America was.

John F Kennedy, who was running for president, and Robert McNamara,...

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