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The Big Story

Huawei's rapid rise is driven by a global talent hunt

Chinese telecom giant has spent big to attract scientists and engineers from its rivals

LAULY LI and CHENG TING-FANG, Nikkei staff writers | China

TAIPEI/SHENZHEN/CHENGDU, China -- Four years ago, headhunters started calling a top engineer at Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC. They were persistent, calling three times a week -- but the engineer, who asked to be identified only as Emily, turned down their overtures.

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