Politics and the pandemic Jul 31, 2020 (WiC 506)
“The comments are untrue and unacceptable and without any foundation, for that matter”
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on the claims made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to UK politicians that the World Health Organisation head was “bought” by China. Tedros said he was focused “on saving lives” and that he wouldn’t be distracted by the allegations.
Change of heart Jul 24, 2020 (WiC 505)
“I would now advise any Mittelstand company to stay away from China”
Frank Klix, who used to represent the Panjin Economic Development Zone near Shengyang, tells The Economist he has grown frustrated at the lack of a level playing field for German firms wanting to do business in China.
Grim, but growing again Jul 17, 2020 (WiC 504)
“The situation at home and abroad is still grim, and we should prepare to continue to fight a hard war”
Premier Li Keqiang tells state radio that the economy had returned to growth and was recovering gradually. Li pledged to cut taxes and ramp up credit and other financial support for companies
Huawei faces UK ban Jul 10, 2020 (WiC 503)
“The NCSC’s re-evaluation of the risk Huawei poses as a supplier matches the strength of feeling in the parliamentary party and, from China Research Group (CRG) polling, across the whole country”
Tom Tugendhat, Conservative MP and chair of the CRG and the UK parliament’s foreign affairs committee, responds to news in the Sunday Times that Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has concluded Huawei’s equipment is not secure and faces supply problems because of US bans. Its recommendation could see Huawei equipment removed from British 5G networks by 2026 and would be a major volte face for Boris Johnson’s government.