Does China's route to infrastructure control run through Iceland's data centers?

| June 4, 2019

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Two Chinese men appeared on the tarmac at Keflavík International Airport, Iceland's major transport link to the US, Europe, and beyond. Both claimed to be employees of Huawei, one of the largest Chinese technology companies in existence. They were in the country to visit a data center or two, with investment opportunities from Huawei a possibility. Met by Etix Everywhere Borealis Chief Business Officer Arni Jensen, the tale started off innocently enough, before descending into what may have been something more akin to data-gathering and spying than prospecting. One of the men said he was a Huawei board member and that the company's "old man" himself had visited Iceland the previous year, eventually concluding that the country was of interest when it came to data centers. After spending the day with Jensen, the pair vanished, and nine months on, the executive says he reached out to Huawei -- only to find that neither of the men was on the firm's payroll, they never had been, and neither did they exist on social media.

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