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Huawei founder slams indigenous innovation

  TRIVIUM CHINA Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei sat down with Chinese media on Thursday, his second media appearance of the week (see Wednesday’s Tip Sheet). Ren’s unprecedented media blitz comes amidst a global backlash , which only got worse on Thursday: The US is opening an investigation into the company (WSJ).US lawmakers are looking to ban chip sales to the company (SCMP).Germany is considering a ban on Huawei 5G equipment (Reuters).Oxford University is banning donations from the company (Guardian). On Thursday, Ren took aim at China’s “indigenous innovation” policy. Some context:  The policy was introduced in the mid-2000s and has been widely condemned by foreign businesses and government for unfairly advantaging domestic firms. Ren’s view (21st Century Biz): “I think it’s okay to emphasize more indigenous innovation in cutting edge and unknown [areas].” But we can't emphasize indigenous innovation at a low level – must screws be indigenous?” Ren was scathing: “That everythi

AI surveillance goes to school

AXIOS Future Steve Levine Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios   A new breed of intelligent video surveillance is being installed in schools around the country — tech that follows people around campus and detects unusual behaviors. Axios' Kaveh Waddell reports:  This new phase in campus surveillance responds to high-profile school shootings like the one in Parkland, Florida, last February. School administrators are now reaching for security tech that keeps a constant, increasingly sophisticated eye on halls and classrooms. One drawback: a major blow to student privacy. Background:  Schools are  experimenting wildly  with technology in order to secure students, deploying facial recognition, license plate readers, microphones for gunshot detection and even patrol robots. At a news conference today,  officials in Broward County, Florida — where Parkland is located — announced that they have spent more than $11 million on security cameras over the past year. Read this fact:  There a

The Baloch Coast and Saudi interests

*Writer:  Reyasat Khan Baloch From news desk of *(The Balochistan Post) Divided among Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Baloch people lack a state of their own. In 1839, The English army invaded and occupied the sovereign state of Balochistan, from the day next to this invasion and occupation and so on the English rulers faced several waves of uprisings and militancy in different parts of Balochistan. Having a large land mass and largely being mismanaged, it was impossible for the Britishers to rule Balochistan with ease. So, the Britishers divided The Baloch territory into 3 different parts. The basic purpose behind this division was to maintain stability, controlling and managing the area properly and to crush the local resistance, which were bothering Britishers time and again. A question comes in mind that what was the actual reason behind Britain’s concern over a region with no markets for business and industries where they could do business or have their colonial interests

The new age of hostage diplomacy

AXIOS CHINA Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios   Poland's arrest of a Huawei executive on charges of spying for China escalates an already-fraught dimension of the turbulent new era of geopolitics. A spate of arrests has broken out,  with detentions of Americans and Canadians in China, Iran and Russia, and Chinese people jailed in Canada and now Poland. It appears to be unprecedented — political hostage-taking amid a modern trade war. As we’ve reported ,  the tit-for-tat jailings in part suggest a new stage of hostility in the U.S.-China race for technological and economic dominance in the coming decades. “The Chinese have set  a very troubling precedent. You don’t like it when one of your citizens gets arrested, you nab a few folks from that country," said Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group.  Driving the news : Poland announced today that it had arrested a man it identified only as "Weijing W.," a former diplomat in China's consulate in Gdansk. Au