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CHINA: Business and Tech, Politics and current affairs BUSINESS AND TECH: Huawei ban in New Zealand New Zealand says Huawei ban not because it's Chinese  / AFP “New Zealand denied on Thursday (Nov 29) that telecommunications giant Huawei was banned from a 5G network rollout because it is Chinese, saying the problem it faced was a technological one. Wellington also dismissed suggestions its intelligence services came under pressure from allies in the ‘Five Eyes’ spy network…” Huawei for dummies: China's tech company and why it's been banned by our spies  / Stuff (New Zealand) Huawei success in Africa Transsion and Huawei among top 3 bestselling phones in Africa  / TechNode “As China’s smartphone market comes out of its fourth consecutive quarter of year-on-year declines, domestic companies are increasingly placing their bets elsewhere. Besides other parts of Asia , one area of planned growth has been Africa, a recent report by tech research firm IDC shows.” Concerns about ZTE’s business in Venezuela China’s

Chinese Influence & American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance Chinese Influence & American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance edited by  Larry Diamond Thursday, November 29, 2018 For three and a half decades following the end of the Maoist era, China adhered to Deng Xiaoping’s policies of “reform and opening to the outside world” and “peaceful development.” After Deng retired as paramount leader, these principles continued to guide China’s international behavior in the leadership eras of Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao. Admonishing Chinese to “keep your heads down and bide your time,” these Party leaders sought to emphasize that China’s rapid economic development and its accession to “great power” status need not be threatening to either the existing global order or the interests of its Asian neighbors. However, since Party general secretary Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, the situation has changed. Under his leadership, China has significantly expanded the more assertive set of policies initiated by his predecessor Hu Ji

The Party does not yet rule over everything

Date published 29/11/2018 Assessing the state of online plurality in Xi Jinping’s “new era” Over the past years, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has increased its control over Chinese society, especially over the internet. Publishing opinions diverging from the official line has become more difficult. Most critical content is censored or crowded out by commentaries loyal to the party line. In the new China Monitor  “The party does not yet rule over everything: Assessing the state of online plurality in Xi Jinping’s ‘New Era’”  MERICS experts  Kristin Shi-Kupfer  and  Mareike Ohlberg analyze the degree of openness in current Chinese online debates. In a previous study published in mid-2017, MERICS found a remarkable spectrum of opinions in Chinese internet discussion boards. This has changed over the past two years. Whereas diverging opinions are still visible, they occupy far less space than in 2016. For the follow-up study, the authors observed the degree of diverging opinion