I just saw a lot of arguement about State-owned company.I find the problem may be you all argue this point by your own understanding(which is the western's definition of state-owned company)
if you had learned the Deng Xiao-ping Theory（some parts is about political economics）.
Here in China,the state-owned company actually have different definition.
1.In narrow terms,the state-owned company only means 100% controlled by government.
2.In generalized view,the state-owned company have three types.
a.100% owned by government
b.Government is number 1 shareholder of company(two kind of situation,one is called absolution control,means over 50%;the other one called relative control,usually when the government share is less than 50%,but is more than other shareholders.Hik should be this situation.)
c.government is just not the number1 shareholder in the company.
So this word:That Hikvision is both 'independent' and a 'state-owned company.
actually it is right here in China.
It is state-owned company in generalized view(called with relative control）.
it is also not state-owned company in narrow view(as Hik normally is not on the state-owned company lists,i do not use the word independent as i do not know how do you define the 'independent'.)
I know it looks like tricks.So i want to declare i am a Chinese but never worked for Hik before.so all of above i just want to say the state-own company is really defined different in China.Just Try to help you understand why different people have different description for the same point in the same company.They just take the different parts
Something maybe incredible for Foreigners.But in my idea,sometimes there just are different parts of things.As it is not general 1+1=2 is accepted by all over the world.sometime all the persons are just saying the things good for them not means they are lying to you or they have some bad will to you.
In my personal idea.The Human and the world are always can be both simple and complicated.