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Finally at the frontier

Finally at the frontier
Dec 2, 2022 (WiC 610)
“Twenty-five years is a long journey. Every time I missed my chance [to go into space], I felt lost and sometimes I cried, but I’ve never hesitated or given up”

Chinese astronaut Deng Qingming, who finally made it into space as one of three crew on the Shenzhou 15 mission on Tuesday. Qing, 56, has been waiting for a space mission for a quarter of a century and will now spend six months at the Tiangong space station.

The personal touch

The personal touch
Nov 25, 2022 (WiC 609)
“Judging from the sheer volume of international heads of state wanting to have a one-on-one with Xi Jinping, I think it’s safe to say that the trip has been successful on Xi’s part”

Sung Wen-ti, a political scientist at Australia National University, on Xi’s meetings at summits this month with counterparts from the US, Australia, France, Holland, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. Sung told CNN that Xi’s meeting with Joe Biden also sent a message to his domestic audience that the “era of ‘G2’ has arrived”.

Taking a stand

Taking a stand
Nov 18, 2022 (WiC 608)
“There should be no unilateral change to the status. We stand ready to support Taiwan as we do in standing up to Chinese aggression”

Comment made by UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at the G20 summit in Bali. He added that China “unequivocally” posed a “systemic challenge” to British interests and that it was “undoubtedly the biggest state-based threat to our economic security”. A scheduled meeting between Sunak and President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 event was later cancelled.

Network effect

Network effect
Nov 11, 2022 (WiC 607)
“In Africa, for Africa, Huawei will continue to deepen cooperation with industry partners to support customers’ business success in the 5G era”

Benjamin Hou, president of Huawei’s northern Africa business, addresses the company’s first Africa 5G Summit recently in Bangkok. The keynote address was given by Coulibaly Yacouba, CEO of the Ivory Coast’s mobile spectrum authority, who hailed the advent of the 5G era. Last month mobile operators in South Africa and Kenya launched 5G networks powered by Huawei.