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China’s new data security initiative has implications for India

Oct 10, 2020, 5:26 pm IST Deccan Chronicle.  |  Manoj Kewalramani & Rohan Seth Technology ,  In Other News Chinese foreing minister Wang Yi’s announcement came a month after the United States launched its new Clean Network program in early August Since the launch of the Digital Silk Road, as part of the Belt and Road Initiative in 2015, Chinese tech giants’ global reach has grown across a range of sectors. Representational Image Earlier this month, the Chinese government  announced  the launch of a new Data Security Initiative. Outlining its components, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said he hoped that China can provide a “blueprint” for the formulation of international rules for digital security. The Chinese initiative entails eight broad principles, which include a call for supply chain stability, pledges against data theft and surveillance, norms for data storage and access, and a requirement for technology companies to not abuse their market dominance. Wang’s announcement came a mont

China’s Belt and Road Initiative Is a Mess, Not a Master Plan

Beijing’s foreign investments are often money-losing and driven by recipients’ own agendas. BY   LEE JONES   |   OCTOBER 9, 2020, 2:29 PM The Chinese-funded Colombo Port City project is seen jutting into the ocean in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Nov. 8, 2018.  PAULA BRONSTEIN/GETTY IMAGES Confrontation with China is reaching fever pitch in many Western countries. Clashes over trade, the South China Sea, COVID-19, and Huawei’s role in 5G development all signify a growing appetite for a new Cold War with Beijing. But while there are many good reasons to criticize China, there is also mounting danger that blanket Sinophobia generates distorted understandings of Chinese behavior, and knee-jerk policy reactions follow. As Shahar Hameiri and I argue in a  new report  for British think tank Chatham House, this is certainly true when it comes to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). President Xi Jinping’s signature foreign policy, the BRI promotes infrastructure connectivity across Eurasia and eas

How CPEC Projects Will Increase Pakistan’s Reliance on Coal – and Emissions

10/10/2020 ATIKA REHMAN AND BETH WALKER Representative image of a coal power plant. Photo: Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND. What was once considered the path to prosperity for Pakistan is now a fraught subject. In the past three years, there has been little progress on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), touted by both Beijing and Islamabad as the cornerstone of friendship between the two countries. During the landmark visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Pakistan in 2015, China pledged USD 46 billion for a range of energy and infrastructure projects. But the corridor today is nowhere near its goal of boosting industrialisation in Pakistan. PIN IT The slowdown in recent years has been attributed in part to reduced interest in the project from the new government in Islamabad, which has had its share of teething problems in the shape of economic and administrative challenges. Soon after Prime Minister Imran Khan came into power in 2018, Abdul Razzaq Dawood, a top advisor, suggested that

Hegemonic Category of 'Quota MP': An Upper-class Person is Seen as 'Talented' while SC/ST are Stigmatised

Hegemonic Category of 'Quota MP': An Upper-class Person is Seen as 'Talented' while SC/ST are Stigmatised The 12 members, nominated to the Rajya Sabha, are not referred to as ‘reserved quota MPs’ the way SC or ST MPs are, even though the latter are in fact elected by the people just like all the other MPs, but from reserved constituencies. Since Independence, the government has nominated 136 members to the Rajya Sabha. Of these, 50 are Brahmins. There are 43 others from dominant castes. File photo of Parliament House. Pradeep Narayanan UPDATED ON: SEPTEMBER 17, 2020, 4:15 PM IST FOLLOW US ON: Have you ever heard of an NRI student having died by suicide because she was harassed as a ‘quota' student?  Have you ever heard of anyone arguing about ‘merit’ while discussing the management quota?  Have you ever heard of someone like a Subramanian Swamy being referred to as ‘quota’ MP?   There is a socio-political category —  masculine, able-bodied, Savarna, heterosexual upp

India will play a leading role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Mukesh Ambani

Info-Tech Our Bureau           Updated on  October 08, 2020 Mukesh Ambani vivek Bendre As the world steps into the fourth industrial revolution, India has the opportunity, not just to catch up with the leaders but to emerge as a global leader itself, according to Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani. “India missed out on the first two industrial revolutions and the changes brought about by them. During the third industrial revolution, where Information Technology came to prominence, India joined the race but still remained behind, trying to catch up with the leaders,” Ambani said in his speech at ‘TM Forum's Digital Transformation World Series 2020’ conference. Advertising Advertising The Fourth Industrial Revolution is driven by the convergence of digital and physical technologies such as digital connectivity, Cloud and Edge computing, IoT and smart devices, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Blockchain, AR and VR and genomics. “Today, I can s

China has over 500,000 5G base stations

2020-10-06 Xinhua Editor:Li Yan China has built over 500,000 5G base stations during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020), as the country continues the rapid construction of its 5G network. With the number of 5G users on the rise, the number of connected devices on the network has exceeded 100 million, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). "Nowadays 5G applications in China are continuously enriched, covering the industrial sector and industries including medical treatment, media, transportation and more," said Li Ying, an official with the MIIT. "China has formed a benign model of 'promoting 5G use through construction,' thus promoting the development of information consumption," said MIIT Vice Minister Liu Liehong. During the 13th Five-Year Plan period, China introduced a series of measures to lay a solid foundation for accelerating the research and development of 5G technology, amid efforts to promote and construct

PROFILE: Peter Wong – Doing Beijing’s bidding at the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce

Peter Wong – Doing Beijing’s bidding at the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce  ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ When Beijing proposed its new extradition law for Hong Kong in March this year, among the bodies expressing concerns was the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC). Under its then Chairman, Aron Harilela, the HKGCC said that any update to the city’s extradition laws should be handled with extreme caution.  How different things looked in May, with Peter Wong elected as the new Chair of the trade body. When Beijing proposed its new national security law for Hong Kong – a measure far more wide-ranging than the extradition law – the HKGCC did not utter a critical word. Quite on the contrary, Wong stepped forward and showed his personal backing by publicly signing a petition in support of the law. As CEO of HSBC Asia Pacific, an international bank with deep Hong Kong roots, Wong’s backing for the law sent a strong signal to the rest of the Hong Kong business community.  Wong is a typica

China is helping Pakistan set up missile systems in PoK: New Intel says

Late last month, the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), sources said, provided intelligence on China helping Pakistan set up a new missile system in PoK. Written by  Krishn Kaushik  | New Delhi | Updated: October 9, 2020 10:42:37 am China’s President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan (File/Reuters) Confident that the armed forces can meet a two-front threat should it arise, the military brass say there’s no evidence yet of China and Pakistan being in collusion while the Ladakh standoff continues. Yet the security establishment has been keeping an eagle eye because there’s increasing intelligence on the Chinese helping Pakistan improve its military infrastructur e, especially in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. This, sources said, suggests that their militaries are attempting “better integration”. ADVERTISEMENT Late last month, the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), sources said, provided intelligence on China helping Pakistan set up a new missile syst

Social Media is chit chat, it lives in the moment

Social Media is chit chat, it lives in the moment. Before Social Media, forums filled that role. Now all the chit chat is gone from forums, which means at least 90% of the audience is gone. In a decade ago you had in forums a lot of people visiting the site who didn't have interest in the niche of the forum at all. They were there for the chit chat, to waste time. This obviously brought life to forums even though probably 90% of the topics were outside of the niche. Nobody cared because activity is always a good thing, always, no exception. Since SM now that activity is gone, and this hurt forums so much. Many are dead or can't get the huge numbers they once did. On top of that, as said above SM lives in the moment, the static approach of forums (you need to reload pages to get new content) wasn't beneficial either. Out of date technology. People wanted to connect faster and release their daily thoughts instantly. And SM provided that infrastructure aswell. So we lost the w