MWC Shanghai: Gadget companies gather for rare pandemic tech expo
|bbc.com 23 Feb 2021 at 08:05|
The event s organiser said the combination of Covid-prevention measures and the country s vibrant technology sector meant it was the only place that could host such an exhibition at this time.
"We believe this congress will help strengthen the confidence of the global industry," GSMA trade association head of Greater China Sihan Bo Chen added .
The trade show takes place against the backdrop of continuing US-China trade tensions.
image captionQualcomm and Samsung are among about 50 international companies exhibiting, in addition to 200 Chinese ones
At Huawei s keynote address, chairman Ken Hu said it had managed only slight growth over the past year.
President Donald Trump s administration put the company on an export blacklist in 2019 and cut off its access to computer chip manufacturers in 2020.
"Huawei was confronted with some extraordinary difficulties," Mr Hu said.
The show also comes at a time that other attendees - including US chip designer Qualcomm - of their own because demand is outstripping supply.