Going public or not does not matter. Its just a matter of time. The Chinese are very good in the waiting game and have lots financial backing via their government...that will last them till the negative US impression fades. It the end it will boil down to their low cost products vs. expensive American brands of the same performance. The price difference of these products will be the deal breaker.
You are correct. ZTE did an IPO on the Shenzhen in 1997 and another on the Hong Kong in December, 2004. My argument for going public won't hold for ZTE.
However, the key focus of the U.S. Congressional intelligence report is still on Huawei.
I am not sure who is on the side of free market in this case. We have Cisco, HP, Intel, Microsoft, all over there. Their kimono is wide open front and back.
We can count on them develop nothing of their own. But what if they start to shut Cisco there when they got Huawei, shut Dell there when they get Lenovo, and so on?
They are shutting Toyota now, gave the business to Ford. We will see how that plays out.
It at least gives you some time to sell Cisco stocks.
Probably not. But at least, that's a start. Don't underestimate the power of being a public company. At least that will require the company to publicly disclose certain basic information, even though it's not perfect.