Video praised China’s Huawei goes viral as company distances itself

HONG KONG (Reuters) – A children’s song with patriotic lyrics praising Huawei Technologies has gone viral, China’s state-run tabloid the Global Times said, although the Chinese company has distanced itself from the video that was mocked online.

FILE PHOTO: People walk along a board of Huawei at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Asia 2018 in Shanghai, China, June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

The video, which was posted on the Chinese social media platform Weibo on Wednesday, features children singing a song called “Huawei Beauty” as they dance and cheer.

In the video, children in uniform, white T-shirts with the Chinese characters of “China” is written, singing: “We love our country, we love homemade brand Huawei” and “China’s home-made chips are the most valuable”.

Huawei told Reuters it had no prior knowledge of the video and had nothing to do with it.

The video was made by a singing studio on the government-funded community centre for women and children, Zhuhai, according to the credits.

The Global Times late Wednesday said on its official Twitter account, the video is how the Chinese residents showed their support for the Chinese telecom equipment maker.

It comes as Huawei has fought growing distrust of Washington and its allies amid accusations are equipment that can be used for Chinese espionage, the company has repeatedly denied.

Washington has called that the allies not to use Huawei technology, a move that threatens to close off the Western market.

Huawei’s chief financial officer, Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada and is facing possible extradition to the United States on charges they violated U.s. sanctions against Iran.

The song has been criticised and mocked by some internet users who said that the overly nationalistic.

“This is the brainwashing of children,” a Weibo user wrote. “Huawei softpower?” said the other.

Huawei’s official fan outreach account the Pollen of the Club said on Weibo: “This video is made by some Netizens without the knowledge or cooperation of Huawei. Thank you all for the love and support to Huawei.”

Reporting by Sijia Jiang; Editing by Michael Perry

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