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Rural U.S. Carriers Resist Proposed Chinese Telecom Ban Aimed at Huawei - WSJ
President Trump is weighing an executive order that could ban Chinese telecommunications gear from U.S. networks, but the plan is facing resistance from U.S. carriers in rural areas whose networks run on Huawei Technologies Co. equipment.

While the executive order would likely not identify companies by name, Huawei is considered the prime target. U.S. officials say that Huawei has close ties to the Chinese government and could use its systems to monitor and disrupt U.S. telecommunications.

Rural U.S. carriers, many of whom have built their networks on low-cost Chinese gear, have been quietly lobbying against such a ban. The federal government and analysts estimate Chinese hardware makes up less than 1% of U.S. telecom networks, after Congress in 2012 effectively banned it from nationwide phone and internet providers....

James Groft, chief executive of James Valley Telecommunications, said replacing Huawei equipment in his small South Dakota network would cost about $10 million and tie up many of his 50 employees. “For a period of one or two years, we’ll have to focus on replacing Huawei and not do anything else,” he said.

He added that his carrier can’t do long-term planning while anti-Huawei measures are in play, including a possible Federal Communications Commission order barring federal subsidies to carriers that use Chinese gear and services.

“I’ve never seen anything publicly that Huawei has done anything wrong,” Mr. Groft said. “I would feel better about this if they [the federal government] had assurances there is something credible, and not fearmongering.”...

Both Ericsson and Nokia said they had strict protocols to ensure their global manufacturing supply chains are secure. Nonetheless, American and British officials are concerned that Beijing could use these companies’ Chinese-based factories or employees to insert vulnerabilities into the equipment, allowing the Chinese government or hackers to spy, disable communications or modify data.

Despite the industry concerns, administration aides say there is a renewed push from national security officials to issue the executive order ahead of a major global wireless trade show later this month in Spain. The trade show, MWC Barcelona, was formerly known as Mobile World Congress.
5G  infrastructure  telecom  China 
8 hours ago by shannon_mattern
Li Rui, a Mao Confidant Who Turned Party Critic, Dies at 101
BEIJING — Li Rui, who over nearly four decades went from being one of Mao Zedong’s personal secretaries in the 1950s to a Communist Party critic, revisionist historian and standard-bearer for liberal values in China, died in Beijing on Saturday. He was 101.
1  china  obituary 
8 hours ago by noiseguy
Inside Chengdu: can China's megacity version of the garden city work? | Cities | The Guardian
On the development of Chengdu, quickly growing toward a population of more than 10 million people. The city government has focused on preserving and increasing green space, as well as aspects of the city's unique history, but development has also been accomplished through evictions and demolitions with little community input.
chengdu  china  cities  urban  urban_planning  garden_city  environment  development  power_in_city 
8 hours ago by johnmfrench
Wang Xiaoshuai Tackles China’s Big Issues in ‘So Long, My Son’ – Variety
Short review of Wang Xiaoshuai's latest film, "So Long, My Son," about the effects of the One Child policy. The film was well received at the Berlin Film Festival, but did not win any of the big awards; two of the cast got acting awards.
chinese_film  china  film  movies  wang_xiaoshuai 
9 hours ago by johnmfrench
Responsible competition and the future of U.S.-China relations
Over the last two years, a near-consensus has crystallized among China-watchers that Washington and Beijing are locked in a great power competition over vital economic and security interests. As a result, this narrative holds, the United States must adopt a hard-nosed approach to address the growing challenge that China’s rise poses to its standing in the world. 

While there is little doubt that China’s domestic turn toward authoritarianism and its foreign policy assertiveness pose growing challenges to American interests, the gathering momentum toward thinking about U.S.-China relations in the context of inescapable confrontation raises more questions than it answers.

As observers of and participants in these quickly-evolving debates on the future of U.S.-China relations and the role of the United States in Asia, we believe that an important set of questions remains to be answered. Below we identify seven questions that the China-facing policy community is now debating as it grapples with how the United States should respond to challenges being posed by China’s rise. In many cases, these major questions beget research agendas of their own. If the United States seeks to craft a durable and comprehensive strategy for its role in Asia and relationship with China, experts and policymakers must interrogate these debates.
11 hours ago by toddmundt

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