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Huawei CEO speaks on open policy hopes from Biden’s Gov’t.

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Huawei also is building an alternative operating system after the US barred it from using Google’s Android.

The CEO and founder of Chinese telecom giant Huawei called Tuesday for a reset with the United States under President Joe Biden, after the firm was battered by sanctions imposed by Donald Trump’s administration.

In his first appearance before journalists in a year, Ren Zhengfei said his “confidence in Huawei’s ability to survive has grown” despite its travails across much of the western world where it is maligned as a potential security threat.

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The comments come as the firm struggles under rules that have effectively banned US firms from selling it technology such as semiconductors and other critical components, citing national security concerns.

Insisting that Huawei remained strong and ready to buy from US companies, Ren called on the Biden White House for a “mutually beneficial” change of tack that could restore its access to the goods.

Continuing to do so, he warned, would hurt US suppliers.

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“We hope the new US administration would have an open policy for the benefit of American firms and the economic development of the United States,” said Ren, 76.

“We still hope that we can buy large volumes of American materials, components and equipment so that we can all benefit from China’s growth.”

Ren was speaking during a visit to the city of Taiyuan in China’s northern coal belt to open a laboratory for technologies that automate coal production to boost safety in a notoriously dangerous industry.

Founded by Ren in 1987, Huawei largely flew under the global radar for decades as it became the world’s largest maker of telecoms equipment and a top mobile phone producer.

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That changed under Trump, who targeted the firm as part of an intensifying China-US trade and technology standoff.

Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei speaks during a press briefing in Taiyuan, in China’s northern Shanxi province on February 9, 2021. (Photo by JESSICA YANG / AFP)

Trump from 2018 imposed escalating sanctions to cut off Huawei’s access to components and bar it from the US market, while he also successfully pressured allies to shun the firm’s gear in their telecoms systems.

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The former president raised fears that China’s government could potentially use “back doors” in Huawei gear for espionage, which the company strenuously denies.

The US campaign is hurting Huawei. Once a top-three smartphone supplier along with Samsung and Apple, its shipments plummeted more than 40 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to industry tracker IDC, as the supply-chain disruptions curbed production.

It fell to number five in the world in smartphones in the quarter — behind Chinese rivals Xiaomi and Oppo.

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Diversification
With China’s huge domestic market, Huawei will likely survive but not without major changes, said Nicole Peng, analyst with Canalys.

“They will not go away. I believe they will come back, but need to rethink the business model,” she said.

To this end, Huawei in November spun off budget smartphone line Honor to free that brand’s access to needed components.

But Ren insisted Tuesday it would hold on to its main premium phone brands.

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“We have decided we absolutely will not sell off our consumer devices, our smartphone business,” he said.

Despite his apparent overture to the White House, Ren admitted it would be “extremely difficult” for Biden to lift the sanctions.

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There is pressure in Washington to stay firm on China, and Biden’s commerce secretary nominee Gina Raimondo has pledged to “protect” America from potential Chinese threats, including Huawei.

Huawei is fast diversifying to encompass enterprise and cloud computing, Internet-Of-Things devices and networks, and other business segments related to the advent of 5G networks, an area of Huawei strength.

“We have more means to overcome the difficulties (we face),” Ren said.

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Huawei also is building an alternative operating system after the US barred it from using Google’s Android.

But Ren appeared to shoot down recent reports that Huawei is seeking self-sufficiency in semiconductors — long an Achilles Heel for China — either by acquiring stakes in chip companies or setting up its own plant.

“Huawei won’t be investing in this ourselves,” he said.

Ren also has had to deal with the December 2018 arrest of his daughter, Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, on a US warrant during a Vancouver stopover.

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Meng, 48, faces fraud and conspiracy charges in the United States over alleged Huawei violations of US sanctions against Iran, and separate charges of theft of trade secrets.

Her trial will begin in earnest in March, after two years of legal skirmishing. She could ultimately be extradited to the United States.

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Breaking: ‘Arrested’ exec team of Huawei accuses Canada of ‘Cover up’.

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The 48-year-old daughter of Huawei’s billionaire founder Ren Zhengfei was held on a US warrant during a Vancouver stopover in December 2018, a detention that Beijing says is politically motivated.

Lawyers for detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou have accused Canadian police of trying to “cover-up” the illegal sharing of data from her electronic devices with the FBI ahead of her high-profile arrest in Vancouver.

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Meng, the chief financial officer of the Chinese tech giant, has been fighting extradition from Canada to the US, where she faces fraud and conspiracy charges related to alleged violations by Huawei of American sanctions on Iran.

Her defence on Thursday said the Royal Canadian Mounted Police shared her electronic device information with US authorities, alleging the Canadians and Americans conspired to breach her rights and violate Canada’s Extradition Act.

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Days later, Beijing arrested Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, in what Ottawa has insisted was a retaliatory move.

Alongside the charges of aiding Iran in breach of sanctions, the administration of US President Donald Trump has railed against Huawei over fears that adoption of its 5G technology could pose a spying risk.

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Sergeant Janice Vander Graaf, who oversaw Meng’s arresting officers, denied the cover-up the accusation, saying a review of emails had left her confident that Meng’s information was not sent to the FBI, despite previously writing in her notes that a colleague said it had been.

That officer, Constable Gurvinder Dhaliwal, has since testified that he did not tell Graaf the information had been sent. The accused sender, RCMP Staff Sergeant Ben Chang, has denied the allegation but refused to testify.

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Graaf said her memory of events had changed since she swore an affidavit last year.

“You are trying to cover up for Constable Dhaliwal and Staff Sergeant Chang in relation to this issue,” Meng’s defence lawyer Scott Fenton said in the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

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“I suggest… you tailored your evidence to suit what you think protects the RCMP in this issue.”

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau earlier this month held firm that Canada would not bow to pressure to release Meng following fresh anger from Beijing.

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He has also raised the case of the two detained Canadians with US President-elect Joe Biden.

Meng’s extradition hearing is expected to wrap up in April 2021.

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Top Story: Huawei moves ahead Samsung as top smartphone seller

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China’s Huawei has overtaken Samsung to become the number-one smartphone seller worldwide in the second quarter on the back of strong domestic demand, industry tracker Canalys said Thursday.

Canalys said the embattled firm, which is facing US sanctions and falling overseas sales, shipped 55.8 million devices — overtaking Samsung for the first time, which shifted 53.7 million units.

The findings marked the first quarter in nine years that a company other than Samsung or Apple has led the market, Canalys said.

US sanctions had “stifled” Huawei’s business outside mainland China, the research group added, but it had grown to dominate its substantial home market.

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More than 70 percent of Huawei smartphones are now sold in the country, Canalys said, where Samsung has a very small share of the market.

Huawei said in a statement it was a sign of “exceptional resilience”.

Overseas shipments, however, fell nearly a third in the second quarter and Canalys analyst Mo Jia warned that strength in China alone “will not be enough to sustain Huawei at the top once the global economy starts to recover”.

“Its major channel partners in key regions, such as Europe, are increasingly wary of ranging Huawei devices, taking on fewer models, and bringing in new brands to reduce risk,” Mo said.

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Huawei — the world’s top producer of telecoms networking equipment — has become a pivotal issue in the geopolitical standoff between Beijing and Washington, which claims the firm poses a significant cybersecurity threat.

A man wearing a face mask uses his mobile phone as he walks past a Huawei store in Beijing on May 16, 2020. WANG Zhao / AFP
A man wearing a face mask uses his mobile phone as he walks past a Huawei store in Beijing on May 16, 2020.
WANG Zhao / AFP

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Washington has essentially barred Huawei from the US market and waged a global campaign to isolate the company.

The British government bowed to growing US pressure and pledged earlier this month to remove Huawei from its 5G network by 2027, despite warnings of retaliation from Beijing.

The politically-fraught change requires companies to stop buying new 5G equipment from Huawei starting next year and strip out existing gear by the end of 2027.

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On Wednesday the US ambassador in Brasilia warned of “consequences” if Brazil chooses Huawei for the project to develop the next generation of telecommunications technology in Latin America’s most populous country.

Australia and Japan have taken steps to block or restrict the Chinese company’s participation in their 5G rollouts, and European telecoms operators including Norway’s Telenor and Sweden’s Telia have passed over Huawei as a supplier.

The US has also requested the extradition of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on fraud charges, further damaging relations between China and Canada, where she is under house arrest.

Meng, the Chinese telecom giant’s chief financial officer, was arrested on a US warrant in December 2018 during a stopover in Vancouver and has been fighting extradition ever since.


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United States ‘cautions’ Brazil over Huawei 5G

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The US ambassador in Brasilia warned of “consequences” if Brazil chooses Chinese telecoms company Huawei to develop its 5G network, in an interview published Wednesday.

“I wouldn’t say there would be retaliation, but there would be consequences” if Brazil goes against US advice and picks the Chinese firm, Ambassador Todd Chapman told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media)

Brazil is due to launch a tender next year for the project to develop the next generation of telecommunications technology in Latin America’s most populous country, home to 212 million people.

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The United States has been actively lobbying countries worldwide to boycott Huawei, arguing the firm could allow the Chinese government to spy on their data.

“At any time, the Chinese government could ask Huawei to send it information,” Chapman said.

“There’s no purely American company in the running. I’m not saying this to make a billion dollars. It’s a matter of national security.”

Other companies that have shown interest in Brazil’s 5G tender include Sweden’s Ericsson and Finland’s Nokia.

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Chapman also warned Brazil could scare away foreign investment by contracting a company that the US claims violates intellectual property rights and receives unfair state support that puts its competitors at a disadvantage.

The logo of Chinese company Huawei is seen on the screen of a Huawei mobile phone held in the photographer’s hand in London on July 14, 2020.  (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

“The US position is to alert our allies and friends, such as Brazil, so they know who they’re working with,” he said.

Chapman said the United States was prepared to help secure funds through the International Development Finance Corporation, a US government institution, to roll out 5G “for those who buy products from reliable suppliers.”

The pressure is putting President Jair Bolsonaro’s government in a bind.

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Since taking office last year, the far-right leader has cultivated close ties with US President Donald Trump, whom he admires.

But China is Brazil’s biggest trading partner.

The row comes amid what many analysts are describing as a “new Cold War” between the US and China.

Britain announced earlier this month it would remove Huawei equipment from its 5G network, bowing to pressure from Washington despite warnings of retaliation from Beijing.


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Europe economy growth boost amid Huawei’s 5G

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Tech firm to fight ‘defensive’ war amid rising US pressure


Chinese technology giant Huawei said on Monday that Italy’s decision to exclude Huawei from a recent tender to supply 5G technology was a commercial decision rather than geopolitical one.

The comment, coming on the heels of the UK’s decision to ban Huawei from its 5G construction, sends a signal that the embattled tech firm is taking the initiative to minimize the impact of the UK’s decision on other European nations amid a US-led attack on the tech company.

Huawei will continue working with Telecom Italia (TIM) despite the Chinese company was not asked to attend a 5G tender, Luigi De Vecchis, the chairman of the group’s Italian unit, said, NRM learnt.

“We respect the decision, which is of a commercial not political nature that concerns one of the many parts of the network,” he was quoted as saying in the report, while noting that the UK’s ban was in contrast a “geopolitical, not a technological decision.”

A Huawei store stands next to a Globe Telecom booth in Makati City, the Philippines on April 14, 2019. Photo: cnsphoto

Italy – which has built strong economic ties with China and is the first of the G7 nations to join China proposed Belt and Road Initiative – has yet to publicly decide whether to include Huawei in its 5G rollout.

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“Huawei is now taking a two-way strategy in European markets. On one hand, it sends a warning to the UK and criticizes the ban. On the other, it aligns with other European nations to prevent their decisions being swayed by that of the British government,” Cui Hongjian, director of EU Studies at the China Institute of International Studies, told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media)

Huawei is adopting a “grasping the large; letting go of the small” attitude in the Europe market – it has to sacrifice some of its core network share in a bid to exchange for keeping its businesses operating in the vast European continent, Jiang, a close follower of Huawei, told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) on Monday

The UK announced on July 14 that it will restrict Huawei from building its 5G networks, reversing a January decision to allow the Chinese tech firm to partially participate. Industry insiders deemed the move as London yielding to US pressure, and US President Donald Trump claimed credit for the UK decision.

Washington hopes it can capitalize by ‘adding flames’ to Europe potentially following in the footsteps of the UK’s Huawei ban. US secretary of state Mike Pompeo kicked off a two-day visit to the UK Monday, where he will discuss certain topics including China with the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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Cui said that the second half of 2020 is of vital importance to Huawei in terms of its market share in Europe, so the global 5G frontrunner needs to defend its position in a strategic way.

“It needs to build closer relations with big European nations such as Italy, Germany and France, sometimes with leverage such as expanding investments there. Also, it should cement ties with small- and medium-size EU nations, including Belgium and the Netherlands, to ensure its market share won’t be eroded,” Cui explained.

Belgium Federal Minister for Telecoms Philippe de Backer said last week the country will not join Britain in banning Huawei’s 5G.

Some analysts say it’s impossible that European countries will bow to US political pressure and kick out Huawei.

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Ma Jihua, a veteran industry insider and close follower of Huawei, told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) Monday that making use of Huawei’s superior 5G technology is in the best interests of European countries, as a way of showing their diplomatic independence, and such moves may also save them a huge amount of money.

China and EU countries generally have more cooperation than competition in telecom industry with intertwined interests, Ma said, adding that only through cooperation, could telecoms operators like Nokia and Ericsson benefit from each other’s vast markets.

As a key year for 5G network rollout, keeping Huawei in their market is the most effective way of maintaining a leading position in the upcoming 5G era, while ruling out Huawei will bring undesired results, Ma said.

Huawei said in October that it has signed 91 5G commercial contracts globally, among which more than half came from Europe.


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United Kingdom suspend Hong Kong’s extradition plan

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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab voiced concerns about new national security law and alleged human rights abuses in China.


The United Kingdom suspended its extradition treaty and blocked arms sales with Hong Kong on Monday after China imposed a tough new national security law and was accused of forcibly sterilising ethnic minority women in Xinjiang.

As tensions grow with Beijing, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he had concerns about the new law and alleged human rights abuses in China, particularly the treatment of the Muslim Uighur minority. He described the measures as “reasonable and proportionate”.

“We will protect our vital interests,” Raab said. “We will stand up for our values and we will hold China to its international obligations.”

The UK followed the example of the United States, Australia and Canada by suspending extradition arrangements with the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

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The ban is another nail in the coffin of what then-prime minister David Cameron in 2015 cast as a “golden era” of ties with China, the world’s second-largest economy.

London has been dismayed by a crackdown in Hong Kong, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997 from British rule, and the perception that China did not tell the whole truth over the coronavirus outbreak.

Noble Reporters Media learnt that the UK government has offered three responses to China’s new security law, which “has created new crimes and new severe punishments”.

“The first is to offer refuge to up to three million Hong Kong citizens to come live and work in the UK,” Barker said, speaking from London.

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“The second is to extend an arms embargo to mainland China – which has been in place since the late 1980s – to Hong Kong and that includes equipment that Raab said could be used for ‘acts of internal repression’ – which seems to be a veiled criticism of police tactics in Hong Kong against demonstrators.

“The third is to end a 30-year extradition agreement between the UK and Hong Kong, which will be effective immediately.”

Riot police search demonstrators during a rally against a new national security law on the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from the UK to China [File: Billy HC Kwok/Getty Images]

The arms embargo extends a measure in place for China since 1989. It means Britain will allow no exports of potentially lethal weapons, their components or ammunition, as well as equipment that might be used for internal repression such as shackles, firearms and smoke grenades.

The review of the extradition measures comes only days after Britain backtracked on plans to give Chinese telecommunications company Huawei a role in the UK’s new high-speed mobile phone network amid security concerns fuelled by rising tensions between Beijing and Western powers.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government has already criticised China’s decision to impose the sweeping national security law on Hong Kong.

The UK accused Beijing of a serious breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration – under which the UK returned control of Hong Kong to China in 1997 – and announced it would open a special route to citizenship for up to three million eligible residents of the community.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab makes a statement on Hong Kong’s national security legislation in London [File: Hannah McKay/Reuters]

But Johnson said on Monday he would not “completely abandon our policy of engagement” with Beijing.

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The UK leader said he will not be “pushed into a position of becoming a knee-jerk Sinophobe on every issue, somebody who is automatically anti-China”.

“China is a giant factor of geopolitics, it’s going to be a giant factor in our lives and in the lives of our children and grandchildren. You have got to have a calibrated response and we are going to be tough on some things, but also going to continue to engage,” said Johnson.

China’s ambassador to Britain, Liu Xiaoming, told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) on Sunday that Britain was “dancing to the tune” of the United States and rejected the allegations of human rights abuses against the mainly Muslim Uighur people.


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Top Story: As UK Huawei ban pisses China

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Even though China has not taken any countermeasures, at least publicly, against the UK over its ban on Chinese telecom giant Huawei from its 5G development, many in the UK – from business leaders to scholars – are wary of potential devastating consequences from the move on bilateral ties and on the UK economy, which is already facing what has been described as the worst period in decades.

Such anxiety stems from a strong backlash from China, which vows to take “all necessary” measures. It was illustrated by the widespread attention toward media reports of Chinese short video platform TikTok scrapping a massive plan to build a global headquarters in the UK. Businesses and experts on both sides fear that bilateral businesses ties could see further long-term damage due to deteriorating relations.

Still, in interviews, some Chinese and UK businesses leaders and scholars argue that the UK left some room for potential change in its handling of the Huawei situation and that talks between the two sides to address the dispute are still possible. Some stressed that the UK will eventually realize the importance of positive engagement with China for its economy in the post-Brexit era and change course, though bilateral ties remain under serious pressure on multiple fronts, including Huawei, Hong Kong and the South China Sea.

Deepening anxiety

Uneasiness in the UK over the recent diplomatic row was on vivid display over the weekend after the Sunday Times reported that Beijing-based ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, had suspended talks with UK officials over building a headquarters in the UK following the UK’s Huawei decision.

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Media report on Sunday, which cited an unnamed source, reported that the Chinese company halted talks over the project that could support 3,000 jobs due to “wider geopolitical contexts,” an apparent reference to the Huawei case.

ByteDance did not respond to a request for comment as of press time on Sunday.

Chinese officials have harshly criticized UK’s decision and vowed to take “all necessary measures” to protect Chinese businesses. Though Chinese officials have not announced specific measures, they have stressed that the move has seriously undermined mutual trust and Chinese businesses’ confidence in the UK market.

Annual flow of foreign direct investment from China to the UK.

In a recent interview, Chinese Ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming hinted that Chinese investments into the UK could be at risk as Chinese companies are wary of Huawei’s treatment by the UK.

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“In the past 10 years. Chinese investment in the UK increased 20 times…This is a big opportunity for UK,” Liu said, noting that with $20 billion Chinese investment, the UK is the largest recipient of Chinese investment in Europe, according to a transcript published by the embassy on Sunday. “I think UK really missed the opportunities.”

Annual flow of foreign direct investment from China to the UK.

Beijing’s reaction over the UK’s decision carries weight. The head of a prominent UK business group said that there was a certain degree of anxiety over bilateral ties and voiced hope that the two sides could “sit down and talk” on the matter. On Friday, the Sunday Times reports Beijing based business leaders were called to a meeting by Chinese government officials where they were warned they could be at risk.

People walk on a street at Chinatown in London, Britain, on July 4, 2020. Millions of people in England emerged from the COVID-19 lockdown on the so called “Super Saturday” to enjoy coffee shops, bars, restaurants and hair salons for the first time in over three months. (Photo by Ray Tang/Xinhua)

“Britain is rejecting Europe and rejecting China at the same time, in a situation where the British economy, as we know, historically has been in long term decline,” Martin Jacques, a senior fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge University, said on Friday, noting that the British economy is in the “worst period in British economic history since before the industrial revolution…the consequences from rejecting China are going to be extremely serious for Britain.”

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Apart from the massive Chinese investment, China was the UK’s second-largest trading partner after the US in 2018, with two-way trade reaching 68.3 billion pounds ($85.78 billion), according to UK official data. Chinese students also contribute at least 1.7 billion pounds a year to UK universities, according to the UK’s National Institute of Economic and Social Research, which warned a trade conflict with China could result in a 90 percent fall in UK trade and a 0.75 percent drop in GDP.

Room for change?

“The fact is that [the UK] is facing a very difficult time because of Brexit, the COVID-19 pandemic and so on… we are in a much better place,” Chen Fengying, a research fellow at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations in Beijing, told the Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) on Sunday.

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However, Chen said that though China must make its “principled stance” over the Huawei case clear, “we need a much more nuanced, long-term strategy toward the UK” rather than getting into an endless tit-for-tat tussle. “I think the UK understands how important China is. It’s just that the US got in the way… but things could change over time,” she said, noting that the presidential election results in the US could change the dynamic for China and the UK.

In the decision last week, the UK government gave its companies several months until after December to purchase 5G equipment from Huawei and seven years to phase out devices that are already in use.

A staff member tests the speed with a Huawei 5G mobile phone at Huawei 5G Innovation and Experience Center in London, Britain, on Jan. 28, 2020. (Xinhua/Han Yan)

Jacques thinks there is still a lot of uncertainty attached to this situation including the upcoming presidential election in the US, the cost that the UK needs to pay to replace Huawei equipment and whether the replacement can be successful. “Britain needs to have a relationship with China. It needs China, so China needs to consider the situation as a long game,” he said.

Apart from the reported move by TikTok, there were no other changes of plans reported by Chinese businesses in the UK. Although some expressed concerns, certain business deals are moving forward.

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Chinese private steel enterprise Jingye Group, which acquired the bankrupt British Steel in March, said that the company’s plan to invest 1.2 billion pounds in the UK over the next 10 years is moving forward, the company told the Global Times.

However, the risk of long-term damage to bilateral ties and business deals is increased, not just over Huawei but an increasing number of issues, including Hong Kong and the South China Sea, where the UK appears to be keen to join the US and interfere.

Commenting on the UK’s plan to send an aircraft carrier to the South China Sea, Liu warned that it could be “a very dangerous move” and “I don’t want to see that the UK would like to gang up with the United States to challenge China’s sovereignty and disrupt the stability and tranquility in the region.”


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US Huawei’s Ban – China Threatens Retaliation.


China has urged the United States to stop the “unreasonable suppression of Huawei and Chinese enterprises”.

It also threatened retaliation against the US for the move by putting major U.S. firms on an “unreliable entity list”, according to Communist Party tabloid Global Times.

US tech giants Apple, Cisco, Qualcomm and plane maker Boeing are among the firms that may be targeted, the report said.

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The reaction came after Washington announced new export controls to restrict Huawei’s access to semiconductor technology.

The latest restrictions on the world’s second-largest smartphone manufacturer, which is at the centre of US spying allegations, are a new escalation in the US-China battle for global technological dominance.

“The Chinese government will firmly uphold Chinese firms’ legitimate and legal rights and interests,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Saturday.

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“We urge the US side to immediately stop its unreasonable suppression of Huawei and Chinese enterprises.”

The ministry said the Trump administration’s actions “destroy global manufacturing, supply and value chains”.

The US Commerce Department said Friday the controls would “narrowly and strategically target Huawei’s acquisition of semiconductors that are the direct product of certain US software and technology.”

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US officials have repeatedly accused the Chinese technology giant of stealing American trade secrets and aiding China’s espionage efforts.

This step ramps up tensions with the rival superpower while both sides were involved in a long-simmering trade war.

As a result, Huawei has increasingly relied on domestically manufactured technology.

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However, the latest rules will also ban foreign firms that use US technology from shipping semiconductors to Huawei without US permission.

The new restrictions will cut off Huawei’s access to one of its major suppliers, the Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC.

The Taiwan form also manufactures chips for Apple and other tech firms.

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The US last year banned Huawei from using US-manufactured semiconductors in their products.

US-China relations hit the rocks again with Washington and Beijing trading barbs over the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.


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EU to set strict 5G rule ..


The EU will not ban Chinese telecom giant Huawei or any other company in Europe, a top official said on Tuesday, despite intense pressure from Washington to shun the firm over spying fears.
The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, will officially unveil recommendations to member states on Wednesday, but commissioner Thierry Breton told MEPs that Brussels will choose tight scrutiny over any blanket ban.

“It is not a question of discrimination, it is a question of laying down rules. They will be strict, they will be demanding and of course, we will welcome in Europe all operators who are willing to apply them,” he said.


The EU, while never explicitly naming the Chinese giant, is struggling to find a middle way to balance Huawei’s huge dominance in the 5G sector with security concerns pressed by Washington.

The proposal is part of a so-called “toolbox” of recommendations that will guide the EU’s 27 post-Brexit member states as they build crucial 5G networks.


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also expected on Tuesday to risk Washington’s anger with a similar decision to trust strict rules instead of a ban on Huawei.

A ban on Huawei would ultimately be up to an individual member state, but the commission’s middle road recommendation gives cover to European capitals to resist pleas from Washington.

Huawei is one of the world’s leading network technology suppliers, and one of the few — along with European telecom companies Nokia and Ericsson — capable of building 5G networks.

The United States sees the company as a potential threat to cybersecurity and fears it would facilitate cyber espionage by the Chinese government, to which it is said to have close links.


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