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.
The cost of decoupling Jul 3, 2020 (WiC 502)
“Production costs over there [in Shenzhen] are 75% lower than in Italy. I cannot consider cutting them and reshoring that particular production line”
Gimmi Baldinini, chairman of Italian designer footwear firm Baldinini, tells the South China Morning Post that even as there is talk of shortening supply chains he is still reliant on Chinese production of sports shoes. “Chinese workers have a better hand with gym shoes,” said the boss of the family firm, which was founded in 1910.
University challenge Jun 26, 2020 (WiC 501)
“China’s aid is regionally specific and tends to be defined by Belt and Road. One feature of Chinese policy, compared with the UK, is long-term continuity. China can be expected to keep increasing scholarships for African students for many years to come”
Simon Marginson, professor of higher education at Oxford University, talks to the Financial Times about reports that China is set to offer 12,000 scholarships to African students to attend Chinese universities in the coming year – more than leading Western countries combined (Germany and France offer about 600 places each).
Your country on the line Jun 19, 2020 (WiC 500)
“The fact that BT and Vodafone think their own interests overwhelm the national security interests of this country doesn’t reflect very well on their managements”
UK politician and former Brexit Secretary David Davis tells the Sunday Times that the two telcos are “addicted” to Huawei kit. This came after they warned of mobile phone blackouts if Huawei equipment had to be ripped out of their networks by 2023.