Huawei isn’t coming to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 launch because of America’s attitudes towards China

by: ŠtefanOctober 22, 2012

Microsoft is going to launch their next generation mobile phone operating system, Windows Phone 8, on October 29th in San Francisco. Huawei was supposed to be at that launch, but that no longer appears to be the case. Yu Chengdong, the CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, wrote a message on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, that reads:

“As the WP8 four starters manufacturers Huawei, one may be absent at the end of Microsoft’s of WP8 global release General Assembly. As a global the main Andrews manufacturers one Huawei, the end of the month the google next generation Nexus phone and tablet may not Huawei (Taiwanese manufacturers in Japan, South Korea, but on the inside). Sino-US political and economic storm, incomprehensible situation, I hope the guys do not be surprised!”

Rough Google translation aside, he’s basically pissed with how America is treating Huawei, so he decided that it’s better to skip the party in California so that Microsoft doesn’t get lambasted by government entities. According to Cellular News, Huawei will likely attend the UK launch of Windows Phone 8, because the UK doesn’t seem to have any issues dealing with China.

What does this have to do with Android? Huawei makes a hell of a lot of budget Android smartphones. For 200 Euros they’ll sell you something that has roughly the same specifications as the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. If America doesn’t allow Huawei to compete on its shores, then that would mean companies would be free to charge however much they wanted since there’s one less player competing on price. America is a rich nation anyway, so this doesn’t matter too much, but we think it’s a damn shame that China is being treated like some sort of evil superpower.

It’s the cold war all over again, and everyone is losing.

  • Jujim

    Bad translation. But I think what is important is this:

    ie, Korean, Japanese and Taiwanese manufacturers will be involved in the next generation Nexus Phones and Tablets….

    Hmmmm… Japan = Sony?

  • On a Clear Day

    Stefan, I have a question for you.

    Let’s pretend that instead of you and I living in the here and now we were living in pre-Civil War America – or anywhere in the world at that time that accepted slavery as a fact of life; that consider anyone whose skin was black little better than animal, a beast of burden to be used and abused at the whim of their “owner”.

    Now, let’s imagine that you or I are shirt manufactuers whose main raw material is cotton, which was predominatly produced – at least in the U. S. at the time with the heavy use on the Souther plantations of slaves.

    Would you, or would you not, refuse to buy “blood” cotton that helped support, helped sustain and perpetuate the horror, the abomination that was and is human slavery simply because you felt it was a shame that Americans living the North to be denied more affordable shirts to wear on their oblivious selves? Or, would you – even if you couldn’t stop the masses from embracing and “enjoying” the fruits of slavery, choose to as an individual refuse to let yourself be a party to helping perpetuate it even one moment longer?

    The current situation and conflict between the free world and China is analogous and parallel. China is a totalitarian dictatorship – if you disagree ask some of the kids from Tiananmen Square who were slaughtered, run over by tanks and/or are still rotting and will be for the rest of their lives in a Chinese prison.

    It is far too easy in this day and age of glitzy, techo doodads with an app for this or an app for that for people to forget that if you support a villain you are just as responsible for the evil that villain perpetrates as if you did it yourself.

    China is an evil entity and an enemy of freedom and human rights and those who are call it that are simply calling a spade a spade.

    • Stefan Constantinescu

      I see that the propaganda machine is working.

      • On a Clear Day

        Flip remarks Stefan do not a wise nor moral man make.

        • Stefan Constantinescu

          Talking like Yoda stopped being cool a couple of decades ago.

          • On a Clear Day

            Was that around the same time addressing or even slightly considering before putting digital pen to paper serious human rights issues and caring about supporting those who perpetrate violations fell out of style too?

          • Stefan Constantinescu

            China in the 21st century is exactly like America in the early 20th century and the UK in the mid 19th century. Some things suck, some things rock, but at the end of the day there’s progress. I don’t really want to debate you about this because frankly, I couldn’t care less about your opinion on human rights or Chinese politics.

          • MKD

            Stephan….to say China in the 21st century is like America in the 20th…is silly and ill informed. I currently live in China…and while it’s not as bad as some make it out to be…it’s still pretty bad. I could tell you some stories but I digress. I’ve also lived in Italy and South Korea in addition I’ve been (leisure/business) to over 20 countries, 8 of which are in Europe….6 in Asia and I can tell you….China is a very different animal.

          • Stefan Constantinescu

            Thank you, Mr. World Traveler, for contributing to the conversation.

          • On a Clear Day

            I think just as highly of you Stefan. In the end, the truth will win out and China – as Ghandi said of all dictatorships, of all killers who thought they had the right to use the “might to make them right” approach – China will fall; it will take time but is inevitable.

            In the meantime, as with Chamberlain with Hitler, there will always be apologists more than happy to accomodate and make excuses for the perpetrators and transgressor, because to do otherwise means they would have to confront because to do so would mean they would have to face “inconvenient truths” and actually have to take a firm stand.

            When you live in a country such as China you ultimately where fear of reprisal for thinking independently must – of necessity for the sake of survival – underly, undercut and curtail one from ever truly speaking their own mind, lest you end up rotting away in a prison cell, it is understandable that ones attitude towards dictatorships would soften and become more accomodating and supportive of their position.

            Have a good day – needless to say I suppose, we will just have to agree to disagree; totally.

    • Matt

      If everyone followed this logic, Walmart should have been closed by now. Instead it is one of the biggest supermarkets in US.

  • “It’s the cold war all over again, and everyone is losing.”

    I don’t think it’s that bleak though. It’s painful, but much of human technological and philosophical advancement come from wars.
    Last cold war brought us to the space, and I’m curious what kind of wonder this war (hopefully it stays cold) will bring to humanity.

    Other than that, the rest of the world still need cheap phones, so I think Huawei will be fine :)