Turning to tech
Jun 22, 2018 (WiC 414)
“He wants to train Malaysians to produce things to be exported to China”

* Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad talking about Jack Ma, after the Alibaba founder opened an office in Kuala Lumpur this month and visited him for a chat. Mahathir said Ma’s approach was “the kind of Chinese investment we want”, claiming that “Jack Ma understands IT more than I think anybody else who has spoken to me”.

Whisky galore
Jun 15, 2018 (WiC 413)
“We know Edinburgh is second only to London for Chinese tourists and we are eager to welcome more people to our fantastic capital city”

Gordon Dewar, CEO of Edinburgh Airport, welcomes the arrival of the first direct flight from China, which landed on Tuesday. The newly inaugurated Hainan Airlines flight connects Beijing and Edinburgh four times a week. (Technically, the return leg of Edinburgh-Beijing is not direct, as it picks up passengers in Dublin.)

Taking aim
Jun 8, 2018 (WiC 412)
“Despite claims to the contrary, the placement of these weapons systems is tied directly to military use for the purposes of intimidation and coercion”

US Defence Secretary James Mattis says China’s deployment of missiles on disputed islands in the South China Sea is designed to intimidate neighbours. Chinese representatives at the Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore, where Mattis made the remarks, described the comments as “irresponsible” and said Beijing’s actions were aimed at “national defence”.

Forward into France
Jun 1, 2018 (WiC 411)
“We have to make one place successful, then move on to another”

Wang Xiang, the Xiaomi executive in charge of international expansion, talks to the Wall Street Journal after last week’s opening of its debut Paris store. Xiaomi will open 10 stores in Paris to sell smartphones and other devices. In the first quarter, its European smartphone sales were 621,000 units versus 18,000 a year earlier.