By: Simon Wilson 15/12/2018 The arrests of key figures at the telecoms giant Huawei has put the spotlight back on the firm’s links with the Chinese state and the security of its technology. Simon Wilson reports. What’s happened? The arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, and the daughter of its founder, Ren Zhengfei, has highlighted growing fears in the West about China’s ascendancy in advanced technology sectors that will increasingly underpin the global economy. Meng’s arrest (in Vancouver, on a US arrest warrant) is not related to corporate espionage, let alone state espionage. Rather, she is accused of using a Huawei subsidiary called Skycom to evade US sanctions on Iran between 2009 and 2014. US prosecutors allege she publicly misrepresented Skycom as being a separate company from Huawei, and deceived banks about the true relationship between the two companies. But although the Meng case is … [Read more...] about Are Chinese spying fears just paranoia?
Published 6:00 am PST, Saturday, December 15, 2018 In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo, Maryland Delegate-elect Lily Qi,sits in her North Potomac, Md., basement, which served as her campaign's "situation room" this year as she made her first run for public office. As a first-generation Chinese American, Qi used her campaign to mobilize other Asian American voters in Montgomery County, activating a small but increasingly energized constituency that is generally reticent to participate in local politics. (Arelis R. Hernandez/The Washington Post via AP) less In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo, Maryland Delegate-elect Lily Qi,sits in her North Potomac, Md., basement, which served as her campaign's "situation room" this year as she made her first run for public office. As ... more Photo: Arelis R. Hernandez, AP … [Read more...] about How a Chinese immigrant used WeChat to win a statehouse seat
Beijing (ANTARA News) - Indonesia has targeted to attract 3.5 million Chinese tourists to visit various tourist destinations in the country next year. "If the situation is normal, I believe the target could be achieved," Indonesian Tourism Minister Arief Yahya stated here on Saturday. Indonesia has set a target of three million Chinese tourist arrivals in the country for 2018. However, the Tourism Ministry revised downward the target to 2.6 million following a series of earthquakes in the island of Lombok and a disastrous earthquake and a subsequent tsunami in the province of Central Sulawesi. More than 1.87 million Chinese tourists visited Indonesia during the January-October 2018 period. In 2017, the ministry had targeted to attract 2.5 million Chinese tourists. However, the number of Chinese tourist arrivals in the country reached less than two million, apparently due to the eruption of Mount Agung in the resort island of Bali. An estimated 120 million Chinese tourists holiday … [Read more...] about Indonesia aims to attract 3.5 million Chinese tourists next year
VietNamNet Bridge - The bad management, plus lack of a long-term development strategy, may lead to a decline in the number of foreign travelers. Travelers had to wait too long to visit Luon Cave A representative of a travel firm said in Lao Dong newspaper that western clients of the firm on November 28 had a poor experience as they had to wait too long to get into bamboo crafts to visit Luon Cave on Ha Long Bay. In general, travel firms don’t arrange excursions to the caves for travelers from Japan and South Korea at these hours because of the crowding. Meanwhile, the travelers staying overnight on the bay, mostly from Europe, the US and high-income travelers from Asia, usually meet Chinese because of their itineraries. In reply to the comment that Vietnam should not receive Chinese zero-dong travelers, the director of a Quang Ninh-based travel firm said firms like his have no choice. RELATED NEWS What can Vietnam gain as one of China’s top 10 travel … [Read more...] about Chinese tourists on ‘zero-dong’ tours raise big worries
The simmering tension between the United States and China has reached a boiling point as the top executive of China’s leading IT company Huawei is arrested and the FBI publicly accuses Chinese of posing a serious threat to US security. Huawei is believed to be at the forefront of China’s technology and cyberespionage and the growing tension is likely to drag India into the systemic struggle: Three of India’s top telephone carriers use Huawei equipment and the company has been invited to take part in the next generation 5G mobile technology trial. The arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou by Canadian authorities at the US’s request came just as presidents Trump and Xi agreed upon a 90-day truce in their tariff wars. She was arrested at the request of US justice department for engaging in fraud and violating US sanctions on Iran. Washington wants her to be extradited to the US for standing trial. The timing of Meng’s arrest and Trump’s comment about … [Read more...] about The Orwellian option: India will soon have to make a fateful choice on Huawei and Chinese tech