Hong Kong protests: Chinese state media urges tougher stance on ‘wanton violence’

China Daily newspaper accuses protesters of being at mercy of hormones, and venting anger at grievances real and imagined Chinese state media on Monday urged authorities to take a tougher line against protesters in Hong Kong who criticised the wanton attacks by naive demonstrators, adding: They are doomed to fail simply because their violence will encounter the full weight of the law. It dismissed the attacks as nothing more than adolescent hormones pumped up and primed by those willing to exploit them and accused Hong Kongs youth of venting anger at at grievances real and imagined. The radical protesters have been trying hard to convince the world they are championing a noble cause in a peaceful manner rather than engaging …

Germany says it wont ban Huawei or any 5G supplier up front

Germany is resisting US pressure to shut out Chinese tech giant Huawei from its 5G networks — saying it will not ban any supplier for the next-gen mobile networks on an up front basis, per Reuters. “Essentially our approach is as follows: We are not taking a pre-emptive decision to ban any actor, or any company,” government spokesman, Steffen Seibert, told a news conference in Berlin yesterday. The country’s Federal Network Agency is slated to be publishing detailed security guidance on the technical and governance criteria for 5G networks in the next few days. The next-gen mobile technology delivers faster speeds and lower latency than current-gen cellular technologies, as well as supporting many more connections per cell site. So it’s being …

Trumps Open Requests for Foreign Meddling Test Dem Impeachment Focus

House Democrats plan for the impeachment inquiry is simple: focus exclusively on President Trump pressing his Ukrainian counterpart to discredit Joe Biden. But the pace of new revelations, like reluctantly undertaken by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), many House Democrats worry that an expansive focus will distract from the straightforward account, presented in a pressuring [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu to ban two members of Congress, he did it right out in the open. So it would frankly be malpractice for Congress not to seek records of other calls to determine what pressure may have been brought to bear by Trump against other foreign leaders to achieve political and possibly financial benefits for himself. A Senate Democratic staffer agreed. I …

Raining on Chinas Big Parade: Hong Kong Protests Give the Lie to One State, Two Systems

TAIPEI and HONG KONG Every rally involving thousands or millions of people since June, every brick thrown, every barricade and subway exit set on fire, every act of solidarity in Hong Kongthey all have their roots in a murder that happened in Taiwan. In 2018, 19-year-old Chan Tong-kai strangled his girlfriend, Poon Hiu-wing, during the couples Valentines Day trip to Taipei. He stuffed her corpse into a suitcase, dumped it in some bushes, and then boarded a plane to return to Hong Kong. Nearly a year after Chans arrest, in February, Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam used the case to introduce a bill that would establish conditions for extradition with multiple countries and territories, including mainland China. Hongkongers believe …

Hong Kong protests: police use water cannon on demonstrators

Hundreds of thousands had braved rain to stage peaceful march in triad-linked district Hong Kong police have fired teargas and for the first time used a water cannon to disperse protesters as a weekend of violent clashes dashed hopes of a return to peace after a week of relative calm. Hundreds of thousands of people had earlier braved rain on Sunday to stage a peaceful, police-sanctioned march in Tsuen Wan, an area of the city noted for its links with triad gangsters, after umbrella movement five years ago and so much has been taken away from us since. This time, were more determined. This weekends violent confrontations took place after more than a week of mostly peaceful demonstrations in the …

Trumps Afghan Exit Plans Are Mired in the India-Pakistan Mess

KARACHI, PakistanTwo separate attacks last month on the Pakistan armed forces that killed 10 personnel in North Waziristan and Balochistan, areas bordering Afghanistan, were actually attacks on the Afghan peace process. They came hardly a week after Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a meeting at the White House, assured U.S. President Donald Trump of his country's all-out efforts to advance Afghan peace. The timing is significant and suggests just how complex the Afghan situation is as Trumps negotiators try to lay the groundwork for American withdrawal from the longest war in U.S. history. Washington has long believed that the solution to the Afghan problem, if there is one, lies with Pakistan, but the government here in Pakistan is sometimes cast …

How the West Got China’s Social Credit System Wrong

In October 2018, Vice President Mike Pence paid a visit to the Hudson Institute—a conservative Washington, DC, think tank—to give a wide-ranging speech about the United States’ relationship with China. Standing stiffly in a shiny blue tie, he began by accusing the Chinese Communist Party of interfering in US politics and directing Chinese businesses to steal American intellectual property by “any means necessary.” Pence then turned his attention to the country’s human rights abuses, starting not with the persecution of religious minorities, but with a peculiar governmental initiative: the social credit project. “By 2020, China’s rulers aim to implement an Orwellian system premised on controlling virtually every facet of human life—the so-called ‘social credit score,’” Pence said. “In the words …

Huaweis Latest Earnings Mask Its Trouble Outside China

Amid ongoing tension with the US government, Huawei put a good face on its half-year earnings report last week. The Chinese telecom giant touted a 23 percent increase in year-over-year revenue for the first six months of 2019, a contrast from recent woes including the arrest of CFO Meng Wanzhou in Canada last December and President Trump barring most sales by US companies to the country in May. Underpinning the tension are accusations that the company spies on users and clients for the Chinese government, a charge that Huawei has repeatedly denied. Behind the headline revenue number, though, the financial results suggested that Huawei’s smartphone business, in particular, is suffering from US hostility. American makers of chips and software curtailed …

Surprise! Huawei Can Actually Innovateand Win Fans

Huawei doesn’t leap to mind as an innovative company. In the US, the Chinese telecom giant is best known for the government’s national security concerns—and allegations that it stole intellectual property from companies like Cisco and Motorola. Yet Huawei was the fifth-biggest research and development spender in the world in 2017, according to a European Union report. Its €11.3 billion ($12.9 billion) R&D spend that year outpaced Intel (€10.9 billion), Apple (€9.7 billion), and Nokia (€4.9 billion). Huawei claims its investments over the years have paid off in the form of 87,805 patents—11,152 of which were granted in the US. Now Huawei is trying to turn those patents into cash. This month Reuters reported that Huawei wants Verizon to pay …

Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei put on trial for bribery in China

Meng vanished in September during a visit to China from his home in Lyon Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei has been put on trial for bribery, according to Chinese state media. Official government mouthpiece the Peoples Daily claimed Meng had admitted his guilt during a court hearing on Thursday after prosecutors accused him of taking 14.5 million yuan ($2.11m) in bribes. Forced confessions, which are often televised, have become a hallmark of Chinese president Xi Jinpings increasingly hardline rule. The paper said the court, in the northern city of Tianjin, would announce its verdict at a later date. It is not clear who Mengs lawyer is and it was not possible to reach him or a legal representative for comment. …

Why there’s bipartisan support for fighting Huawei’s 5G ambitions

The 5G wars are making some strange bedfellows.Image: vicky leta/mashable Democrats and Republicans rarely agree on anything, but this week, the parties united to condemn one common enemy: China. The views of President Trump and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle aligned when they determined that allowing the Chinese company Huawei to build a global 5G network constitutes a security threat to the U.S.  That might not be the whole story, though: Dashing Huawei’s 5G ambitions would give the U.S. an economic advantage, and allies don’t agree with the  threat level of a potential Huawei-run 5G network. However, experts say that fear about the control the Chinese government might exercise over a Huawei 5G network is genuine, and warranted. …

How Chinese hackers turned 50,000 servers into cryptocurrency miners

At one point, the attackers had installed cryptomining malware on some 50,000 servers belonging to organizations working in the health care, telecommunications, media, and IT sectors. Cryptominers are a strand of malware that hijack the resources of infected machines to solve complicated mathematical problems and collect cryptocurrency rewards. in-depth reportAccording to Guardicores findings, the hackers operated from several servers and probed the internet for computers running MS SQL Server, a popular database server that runs on millions of Windows server machines. Were in 2019, and still tens of thousands of servers that are protected by weak passwords. The attackers to stage brute-force attacks against the targeted servers, trying different passwords until they got the right one. Guardicore The attackers were …