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In Chinese, the name "Huawei" means "China can make it." For months, the company has been quietly ramping up orders from Asian suppliers -- and leading a wave of de-Americanization in Chinese technology.   © Illustration by Eric Chow
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Inside Huawei's secret plan to beat American trade war sanctions

Mobilizing Asian suppliers for a production surge, Chinese company leads a split from US technology

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

SHENZHEN/SHANGHAI/TAIPEI/ -- In the first few weeks of 2019, 20 engineers from Huawei Technologies arrived in the riverside town of Jiangyin in eastern China on a secret mission. They took up stations at the state-backed Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology, China's largest chip packaging and testing company, where they went to work upgrading the facilities and increasing the site's capacity, ahead of a production surge in the autumn.

"These Huawei staff are on-site almost seven days a week, from day to night, nitpicking and reviewing all the details ... demanding strictly that the local company meets global standards as soon as possible," one chip industry executive familiar with the situation told the Nikkei Asian Review. "It's honestly like preparing for wartime."

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