Back in 2005, IBM (NYSE: IBM) sold its PC division to Lenovo but retained an ownership stake in the company, which was founded in China and continues to do most of its business in that country. Over time, IBM divested shares.

Now comes word that IBM will be offering consulting advise to another Chinese firm that wants to get into the business of tablets and PCs.

Big Blue “was hired to advise Huawei Technologies Co. on branding strategy as the Chinese telecommunications gear supplier expands into tablet computers, smartphones and cloud computing,” Bloomberg news reports.

“The project involves 25 consultants from the world’s biggest computer-services provider and is expected to be completed by the end of November, Ross Gan, a Huawei spokesman, said in an interview today. Harriet Ip, a spokeswoman for Armonk, New York-based IBM in Singapore, confirmed the arrangement by phone [Thursday]. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.”

IBM has worked with Huawei on a variety of projects for more than a decade.

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