The definition of success Feb 18, 2022 (WiC 573)
Former Google boss Eric Schmidt explains to the Wall Street Journal that America is falling behind China in 5G in practical terms. He notes: “America’s average 5G mobile internet speed is roughly 75 megabits per second, which is abysmal.” Schmidt adds that Huawei still has 30% of the global market for supplying 5G infrastructure.
“In China’s urban centres 5G phones get average speeds of 300 megabits per second – fast enough to download a high-definition movie in two minutes”
Burning issue Feb 11, 2022 (WiC 572)
“It’s bold and innovative to present such a tiny Olympic flame. It reflects China’s promotion of a green world with low emissions”
Filmmaker Zhang Yimou discusses his decision to incorporate a notably small flame into the Olympic Opening Ceremony in Beijing last Friday. Netizens compared it to the vast cauldron used at the 2008 Summer Olympics which featured “a huge flame burning masses of gas every hour,” according to the China Daily.
Red alert Jan 28, 2022 (WiC 571)
British Foreign Secretary Lynn Truss tells the Sydney Morning Herald that Beijing might use a Russian invasion of Ukraine to launch action of its own in the Indo-Pacific. Paul Keating , a former Australian prime minister, strongly disagreed, saying her remark was “nothing short of demented” and that “the reality is Britain doesn’t add up to a row of beans when it comes to East Asia”.
“I don’t think we can rule that out. Russia is working more closely with China than it ever has”
‘Common prosperity’ explained Jan 21, 2022 (WiC 570)
“The common prosperity we desire is not egalitarianism. We will first make things bigger and then divide it properly through reasonable institutional arrangements”
President Xi Jinping addresses the World Economic Forum, which held its annual meeting online rather than in Davos. Xi was talking about his signature economic policy, adding “As a rising tide lifts all boats, everyone will get a fair share from development and development gains will benefit all our people in a more substantial and equitable way”.