Fight for the future Jun 29, 2018 (WiC 415)
“China has targeted America’s industries of the future, and President Trump understands better than anyone that if China successfully captures these emerging industries of the future, America will have no economic future”
Peter Navarro, the hawkish White House trade adviser, talks about China’s tech ambitions, which he added in areas like AI and robotics could compromise US national security. Meanwhile in other reports Beijing has told state media to downplay or drop references to its ‘Made in China 2025’ plan.
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”.