Huawei executive becomes unlikely social media star as Chinese rally to tech giant’s defense

John Suffolk became a trending topic Wednesday on Chinese social media. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)
Jeanne Whalen June 12 at 11:21 AM

BEIJING — Chinese netizens posting to the social media site Weibo this week threw their support behind an unlikely Internet sensation: a bespectacled British Huawei executive who defended the Chinese telecom giant before the British Parliament.

Among Weibo’s trending topics Wednesday, alongside a South Korean pop idol and a difficult-to-summarize story involving two frogs, was John Suffolk, Huawei’s global cybersecurity chief, who parried parliamentarians’ questions this week about whether Huawei posed a security threat.

His defense of the company, reported

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