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While China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) writ large has been slowing, a trend that predates the pandemic, its digital dimension is accelerating.
Illiberal regimes use a wide range of tools to undermine democratic institutions, prevent criticism, and establish norms and standards favorable to autocratic rule. In the case of digital information technology, these efforts go beyond shaping norms to controlling the infrastructure that transmits information itself.
The U.S. has granted licenses to the world's two leading camera imaging sensor providers to continue shipments to Huawei following earlier crackdowns on suppliers' ability to sell components to the Chinese technology firm, Nikkei reports.
Japan has signed a post-Brexit bilateral trade deal with the United Kingdom that will allow Japan to support the UK's 5G network development, following a ban on 5G equipment from Chinese supplier Huawei in July.
The U.S. Department of Justice has requested permission from a federal judge to ban the popular Chinese messaging app WeChat due to national security concerns, Nikkei reports.
U.S. firms Intel and AMD have acquired licenses from the Department of Commerce to continue supplying Huawei amid Washington's crackdowns targeting the Chinese technology company, Nikkei reports.
China's Ministry of Commerce has issued rules on its proposed list of "unreliable entities" targeting U.S. and other foreign firms and individuals it deems a threat to China's sovereignty and security in response to U.S. bans on Huawei and other Chinese technology companies, Nikkei reports.
U.S. restrictions on sharing technology with Huawei have officially come into effect. As of Monday, September 14, Huawei suppliers that utilize U.S. technology have to obtain a license from the U.S. to continue selling to the China-based company, Nikkei reports.
The U.S. ban on supplying Huawei could take a $26 billion yearly toll on tech manufacturers in Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea, Nikkei reports.
Cambodia has announced plans to instate a China-style internet gateway which activists fear could allow the government to block critical content, Nikkei reports.
Taiwan has issued a joint declaration with the U.S. announcing its participation in the "Clean Network" initiative to block Chinese technology companies like Huawei from supplying its 5G networks, Nikkei reports.
Major Chinese telecom companies including Huawei and ZTE have slowed their rollout of 5G base stations in China as U.S. regulations force Chinese telecom companies out of the U.S. supply chains.
PLDT, the Philippines' largest telecom company, will launch its 5G mobile service on Thursday using equipment partly supplied by China's Huawei Technologies, Nikkei reports.
China's Huawei Technologies on Monday urged global carriers to continue buying its networking gear to "stay ahead in the 5G race," in response to political pressure from the U.S., UK, France, and Singapore to drop the carrier due to national security concerns, Nikkei reports.
Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin are attempting to put economics at the center of their strategic partnership, but a closer look at four dimensions of China-Russia connectivity reveals a partnership of unequals that will become even more lopsided in the future.
The UK government announced it will ban the purchase of new 5G equipment from the Chinese technology company Huawei as of Dec. 31 this year and remove all Huawei devices from the country's 5G networks by 2027, Nikkei reports.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday formally designated China's Huawei and ZTE as threats to U.S. national security, a declaration that bars U.S. firms from tapping an $8.3 billion government fund to purchase equipment from the companies, Nikkei reports.
India has banned 59 Chinese mobile apps citing national security concerns following reports that the apps were illegally transmitting user data to servers outside of India, Nikkei reports.
Japanese telecommunications group NTT announced Thursday that it will invest 64.5 billion yen in IT services group NEC to launch what both companies called a "made-in-Japan" alliance in 5G technology, Nikkei reports.
China has completed its Beidou satellite system, its answer to the U.S.-based Global Positioning System (GPS), advancing Beijing's effort to cut its reliance on U.S. technology, Nikkei reports. China has exported Beidou products to 120 countries as part of it's Belt and Road Initiative.
The U.S. Commerce Department announced in May that it will require companies using U.S. technology to supply Huawei or its affiliates to apply for a license, driving U.S. and Chinese technology supply chains further apart and complicating business for the U.S. semiconductor industry, Nikkei reports.
The United Kingdom is seeking a Free Trade Agreement with Japan and CPTPP membership in hopes of lowering trade barriers and increasing cooperation with allies on technology and manufacturing, Nikkei reports.
As China emerges as the new dominant trading nation, overcoming the barriers to a free trade agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom, the world's largest and fifth-largest economies, could balance China’s rise and infuse the digital future with democratic standards.
Indonesia is in talks with the U.S. to relocate U.S.companies operating in China to the archipelago, as businesses and governments worldwide look to diversify supply chains in the wake of covid-19, Nikkei reports.
Citing the need to balance economic and national security, Australia announced all foreign investors will face greater scrutiny when bidding for sensitive assets, regardless of the size of the deal and whether the buyer is private or state-owned. Chinese companies have been major investors in Australian resources, agriculture and property, Nikkei reports.
Malaysia will have to wait another year before it can roll out 5G services after spectrum allocations were nullified for being in direct conflict with an open and transparent tender process, Nikkei Reports.
As fifth-generation wireless networks start to go mainstream, competition to develop 6G has begun, with South Korea's Samsung Electronics and China's Huawei Technologies at the forefront, Nikkei reports.
Xi Jinping announced at this year's National People's Congress that China will maintain a focus on high tech development in areas such as aerospace and semiconductor manufacture, as well as bolstering their 5G telecommunications infrastructure, Nikkei reports.
To counter new U.S. sanctions targeting Huawei's semiconductor chip suppliers, China has invested state funds in domestic chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation to increase self-sufficiency in semiconductor supplies.
South Korean conglomerate Samsung is seeking increased cooperation with Huawei on key technology despite U.S. restrictions and security concerns surrounding the Chinese firm, Nikkei reports.
Starting in June, public infrastructure operators in China will undergo a cybersecurity review which could exclude foreign companies from supplying IT equipment, Nikkei reports.
As other countries postpone 5G implementation due to coronavirus, China is closing in on 70 percent of global 5G smartphone contracts, Nikkei reports.
As global data usage is expected to balloon with the spread of 5G communications, China is stepping up its efforts to provide related technology to Japanese markets, Nikkei reports.
The COVID-19 crisis has become an opportunity for China to quickly test of 5G applications, spurring both public and private sector investment in 5G infrastructure in 2020 to five times the 2019 level, Nikkei reports.
Barnard College professor Dr. Alex Cooley and Wiley partner Kevin Muhlendorf discuss the risks of corruption in 5G telecom implementation through the lens of international telecommunications scandals.
To spur economic recovery from the COVID-19 recession, China has accelerated investment efforts in its infrastructure, technology, and manufacturing sectors, Nikkei reports.
How Facebook collaborates and conflicts with India's government on privacy, security, and misinformation will have long-lasting implications for the country's internet, Nikkei reports.
Chinese electronics company Xiaomi is gaining market share in India and Europe and plans to seek up to $1 billion in international bonds and grow its business in 5G, AI, and internet of things (IoT) technology, Nikkei reports.
Chinese technology giant Alibaba has announced plans to invest $28 billion in cloud infrastructure in response to a growing demand for business software, Nikkei reports.
A proposed partnership between the United Nations and leading Chinese Tech company Tencent has raised some concerns about China's uses and exports of surveillance technology and it's potential impacts on international human rights standards, Nikkei reports.
As the Chinese economy slowly begins to recover from the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, French economist and founding president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Jacques Attali, sees China emerging as an important technological power, Nikkei reports.
China has overtaken the U.S.' four-decade streak in filings. Computer tech and digital communication fields accounted for the largest share of filings, with Huawei as the leading corporate filer, Nikkei reports.
Some Chinese technology companies and their owners have seen their wealth increase significantly amidst the coronavirus outbreak due to increased demand, Nikkei reports.
Russia has become Huawei's fastest growing market as Moscow seeks to reduce dependence on Western technological infrastructure, and the Chinese tech company recently announced a partnership with Russia's Sberbank to develop a cloud platform.
Oppo, China's second-largest smartphone producer, has teamed up with 11 carriers around the world and plans to invest $7 billion in its new 5G technologies rollout as part of an effort to take overseas market share from top competitor Huawei, Nikkei reports.
Beijing is using big data and its social credit system to slow the spread of COVID-19, and these measures have improved Chinese cities' digital infrastructure and strengthened the state's surveillance capacities, Nikkei reports.
Huawei says it currently has 91 commercial 5G contracts worldwide, surpassing its chief competitor Ericsson's 79 contracts. The company also announced plans to invest $20 million in 5G innovation projects in the UK, Nikkei reports.
Telecommunications companies across India are protesting the timing of an upcoming 5G auction, claiming that prices are set too high given the sector's recent financial difficulties; however, New Delhi believes a delay will hinder the country's digital economy, Nikkei reports.
Thailand's 5G development is moving forward with domestic mobile operators. The nation's largest telecommunications firm recently acquired several frequency bands key to providing high-speed internet and internet of things technologies, Nikkei reports.