There is absolutely nothing Hikvision can do to distance themselves from bad press as long as they remain PRC controlled. It's fairly obvious the PRC intends to leverage Hikvision and their capabilities because they maintain their overt ownership of it. It's a bit puzzling that given all of the bad press that they haven't attempted to better conceal that aspect because there certainly are ways to do so.
Bottom line, this entire situation with China is going to get a lot worse before it gets better.
I meant the PRC. They could have used shell companies, middlemen shareholders, or other means to be more subtle about their interest in the world's largest surveillance manufacturer. They really are the authors of their own demise in this circumstance.
I see your point. But given the fact that the security industry is full of very bright people, the deception could not have remained undisclosed forever. The backlash would have been far more significant. Case in point, the arrests of Aventura executives who essentially participated in the exact scenario that you have just described. The circle does not hold.
look at the trend since they brought in new management
In defense of new management, they have serious negative trends working against them.
Also, if Jeffrey He was not put into the 'public affairs' / lobbying role, who would Hikvision get? He's by far their most seasoned, eloquent, fluent English speaker. I am not sure ultimately it makes a difference but they got to take a shot and Jeffrey He gives them their best shot, no?