Pelosi’s Taipei gambit Jul 29, 2022 (WiC 595)
“I think what the President was saying is that maybe the military was afraid our plane would get shot down or something like that by the Chinese”
Nancy Pelosi reacts to a journalist’s question about her proposed trip to Taipei this summer, and the reaction of President Joe Biden that “the military think it’s not a good idea right now”. As the Speaker of the House of Representatives, she would be the most senior American political figure to visit Taiwan in decades. The move would further escalate Sino-American tensions; a riled Beijing has threatened a military response if she goes to Taipei.
It’s not political, minister says Jul 22, 2022 (WiC 594)
“Our view of companies are not driven by whether they are Chinese or not Chinese. There are laws”
Rajeev Chandrasekhar, India’s Minister of State for IT, denies that recent crackdowns on Chinese firms in India are politically motivated. Last week smartphone giants Oppo and Vivo were raided across 48 locations in India and had assets seized as part of a tax evasion probe. Along with Xiaomi, the two companies control 60% of the Indian smartphone market. India had a record trade deficit with China in the first quarter of 2022 (of about $22.8 billion).
Bolton bombshell Jul 15, 2022 (WiC 593)
“The admission simply shows that interfering in other countries’ internal affairs and overthrowing their governments have become the standard practice of the US government”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin on revelations that emerged from a CNN interview that former National Security Advisor John Bolton was involved in the planning of foreign coups d’etat. Bolton made the admission in trying to put the January 6 attack on Congress in context. Wang described the news as “no surprise – this is very much part of the US rule book”.
Upwardly mobile Jul 8, 2022 (WiC 592)
“Stepping into the phone-making sector, we can achieve great synergy effects with our car-making business”
Li Shufu, founder of car giant Geely, talks to the press after its acquisition of smartphone firm Meizu. “The merging of technologies of consumer electronics and vehicle manufacturing is inevitable,” Li added (for our earliest mention of Meizu and its battle with Apple, see WiC83).