X protests against Indian government censorship orders

Unlock the Editor’s Digest for free Roula Khalaf, Editor of the FT, selects her favourite stories in this weekly newsletter. Elon Musk’s social media platform X has publicly protested against “executive orders” issued by the Indian government that forced it to take down posts critical of Narendra Modi’s administration. The platform’s government affairs division on Thursday acknowledged blocking accounts and posts in a statement on X that followed complaints of censorship by journalists and activists covering or involved in a march on New Delhi by Indian farmers.  “The Indian government…

Chinese tech giant Lenovo doubles down on AI after world’s largest PC maker posts first quarterly revenue growth since late 2022

Lenovo Group, the world’s largest personal computer (PC) maker, said it is doubling down on various artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives, including new computing devices and services that support the technology, after reporting a 3 per cent year-on-year increase in revenue in the December quarter. The Beijing-based tech giant on Thursday said its revenue reached a better-than-expected US$15.7 billion, up from US$15.2 billion in the same period last year and ahead of analysts’ US$15.4 billion average forecast, amid a recovery in global demand to halt the company’s string of quarterly sales…

Could China’s economy-boosting infrastructure plans throw a contradictory monkey wrench in the works?

Yet, infrastructure still appears to be a main focus of investment, despite attempts to boost resources in “new strategic industries” and “hi-tech manufacturing”, according to provincial-level meetings that have been taking place over the past month. China’s growth being held back by ‘protectionism’ at local level, Beijing told Speaking to the Post on Thursday, economist Yu Miaojie, who is also the president of Liaoning University, noted how China’s leadership has identified “investment” as a major accelerator for its economy. Therefore, Yu expected that policy would remain focused on “increasing government…

China to Send More Pandas to US, Jump-Starting New Era of ‘Panda Diplomacy’ 

BEIJING —  China’s Wildlife Conservation Association is working with the National Zoo in Washington in an arrangement that could bring more pandas back to the United States, signaling improving diplomatic relations between the two superpowers. China has lent its beloved bears to zoos in various countries over the years as goodwill animal ambassadors and also fostered a modern Sino-U.S. “panda diplomacy” with the gesture. “Relevant Chinese institutions have signed agreements with the Madrid Zoo in Spain and the San Diego Zoo in the United States on a new round of…

Leaked Hacking Documents Offer Window Into Pervasive Chinese Surveillance

Chinese police are investigating an unauthorized and highly unusual online dump of documents from a private security contractor linked to the nation’s top policing agency and other parts of its government — a trove that catalogs apparent hacking activity and tools to spy on both Chinese and foreigners. Among the apparent targets of tools provided by the impacted company, I-Soon: ethnicities and dissidents in parts of China that have seen significant anti-government protests, such as Hong Kong or the heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang in China’s far west. The dump…

US congressional delegation starts Taiwan visit amid heightened cross-strait tensions

Tsai, who is due to leave office in May, said the visit represents “staunch US support for Taiwan’s democracy through concrete action” and “highlights the close partnership between Taiwan and the United States”. Gallagher and four other members of the committee will spend three days in Taiwan as part of a visit to the wider Indo-Pacific region. 2 mainland Chinese fishermen return home after fatal Taiwanese coastguard chase The group is expected to meet senior Taiwanese leaders, including president-elect William Lai Ching-te, and civil society representatives to discuss relations with…

Biden Ponders Asylum Plan, and the Secret World of China’s Hackers

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Singapore Airshow: Chinese officials make investment pitches in C919’s afterglow

China’s local governments took to the stage at the Singapore Airshow on Thursday to attract foreign investment to the country’s burgeoning aerospace industry, riding the jet stream from the maiden appearance of the home-grown C919 passenger plane. Officials from Langfang, a city in Hebei province near national capital Beijing, and Taicang of the eastern Jiangsu province, gave presentations at the international aviation event, pitching the advantages of China’s aviation sector to attendees. Their calls for further investment came after the narrowbody C919 passenger jet, manufactured by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of…

Chinese scientists produce powerful microwave chip for electronic warfare using diamond

“These new devices have superior performance, including high power, high frequency and ultra-low energy consumption,” said the team led by Wang Yingmin, chief expert of the 46th research institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), in a peer-reviewed paper published in the Chinese academic journal Semiconductor Technology on January 31. While other nations are still grappling with this technology in the lab, China has already smoothed out the kinks in the production line. “A technological breakthrough of growing diamond directly on the GaN has been achieved in the industrial…

Chinese Survey Ship’s Maldives Visit Could Trigger Security Concerns

BEIJING —  A Chinese research ship is set to arrive in the Maldives on Thursday, global ship-tracking data showed, just three months after a similar vessel visited the Indian Ocean and sparked New Delhi’s security concerns. The visit follows January comments by a U.S. think tank that China’s navy could “leverage the insights gained from these missions” for deployment of naval forces, a claim Beijing calls part of a concocted image-smearing “China threat” narrative. The Xiang Yang Hong 03, owned by a research institute that reports to China’s natural resources…