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2018 has been quite the year for #Huawei. Here is a brief summary of the Chinese telecoms giant's rocky past 12 months:

At this time last year, Huawei had its sights set on entering the US smartphone market, through a deal with AT&T. (1/n)

techtimes.com/articles/21770…
By early January, Huawei's hopes for the US phone market were dashed, as AT&T pulled out of the deal. While reasons were not made clear, a group in congress had written a letter to the FCC the previous month, citing security concerns. (2/n)

nytimes.com/2018/01/09/bus…
In April, the US Department of Commerce banned US companies from selling components to ZTE, based on accusations that they violated Iran sanctions. This was seen by many as a signal that similar actions could be taken against Huawei. (3/n)

venturebeat.com/2018/04/16/dep…
In July, Huawei overtook Apple as the world's number 2 smartphone maker, driven by growth in the Chinese phone market, and growing brand recognition for Huawei in Asia and Europe. (4/n)

reuters.com/article/us-hua…
Also in July, the intelligence chiefs of the "Five Eyes" nations met secretly in Canada to discuss the threat of Chinese cyberattacks, including on the US Office of Personnel Management, Australian National University, and countless companies. (5/n)

afr.com/news/world/asi…
Having identified the Chinese Communist Party as the greatest emerging threat, the Five Eyes nations began taking actions to counter its influence in the tech/cyber arena. This included restricting Huawei, China's top telecoms and tech firm. (6/n)

wsj.com/articles/at-ga…
Meanwhile, in earlier in the year, Huawei let go of their long-time External Affairs VP William Plummer. In August, he published a 351-page tell-all about his time at the company: "Huidu-Inside Huawei." (7/n)

amazon.com/Huidu-Inside-W…
Plummer maintains that Huawei and its equipment are not a national security threat. However, his book paints a picture of an exclusive, jingoistic, dysfunctional and paranoid corporate culture, incapable of managing the company's growing global prominence. (8/n)
Also in August, Australia banned Huawei and ZTE equipment from the country's 5G projects, citing a Chinese national intelligence law requiring Chinese companies and individuals to aid in national intelligence-gathering operations (9/n).
bbc.com/news/technolog…
In September we saw reports that Huawei was being acquired by a Chinese state-owned firm. Huawei rebuffed the reports. However, since Huawei is not a publicly-listed firm, and is instead owned by its employees, it's tough to verify either claim. (10/n)

yicaiglobal.com/news/huawei-de…
Also in September, Huawei and ZTE were excluded from 5G trials in India. (11/n)

zdnet.com/article/huawei…
In October, Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democrat Senator Mark Warner of the Senate Intelligence Committee wrote to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada to bar Huawei from its 5G network, citing national security concerns. (12/n)

theglobeandmail.com/politics/artic…
In November, New Zealand announced it would also be banning Huawei 5G equipment. (13/n)

nytimes.com/2018/11/28/bus…
On December 1st, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the company's founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested in Canada. She faces extradition to the US on charges of wire fraud, allegedly assisting her company in evading Iran sanctions. (14/n)

theguardian.com/technology/201…
Also in December, British telco BT announced it would strip Huawei equipment from its 4G network, and limit 5G access for Huawei. (15/n)

reuters.com/article/us-bt-…
We saw Japan ban Huawei in December as well. (16n)

washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pac…
On December 7th, the EU's tech commissioner said that the European Union should be "worried" about about Huawei. (17/n)

reuters.com/article/eu-chi…
Huawei now seems to be facing the possibility of similar bans in France and Germany. (18/n)

asia.nikkei.com/Economy/Trade-…
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