China cos push Huawei subsidies, seek Apple & US products' boycott
Shanghai: Chinese firms are encouraging staff to buy Huawei smartphones following Canada's arrest of a top Huawei executive on a US extradition request, which has triggered an outpouring of nationalist support. Several companies are offering employees subsidies for Huawei phone purchases while others have even warned staff against buying Apple products.
In eastern China, Fuchun Technology said "nearly 60" out of its 200 employees have taken advantage of 100 to 500 yuan ($15 to $29) Huawei phone subsidies as of Saturday. Another tech firm, Chengdu RYD Information Technology, has offered 15 per cent subsidies, though it declined to disclose how many employees have actually taken advantage of the benefits.
"We are supportive of good China-made brands," a spokeswoman told AFP, adding that the subsidies are part of employee benefits and were not "guided by the government." One company has even threatened to fine employees who buy iPhones, charging them 100 per cent of the smartphone's market price.
"Stop buying US brands for company equipment," Shenzhen-based Menpad said in an internal notice, confirmed by AFP. The surge of patriotism began after Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial officer, was detained in Canada on December 1 on a US extradition request linked to sanctions-breaking business dealings with Iran.
She has since been released on bail pending her US extradition hearing, and is now living under electronic surveillance in a luxury home in Vancouver.