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Cyber & Technology

Huawei and Managing 5G Risk

Based on cybersecurity concerns, the United States, Australia and New Zealand have staked out policy positions that prevent or strongly discourage the acquisition of Huawei 5G technology for use in the national communications infrastructure of these nations. Other U.S. allies have announced or are considering policy positions that do not go so far and would indeed allow such acquisition at least to some extent.

Climate Change and Security

China's Pivot on Climate Change and National Security

For decades, China was reluctant to deem climate change a national security issue, preferring instead to view it through the lens of development. The driving concern behind China’s reticence was sovereignty; Beijing feared that crisis rhetoric about climate change would be used to legitimate interventionist actions on the part of Western powers, including forcing Beijing to curtail its economic growth.

Cybersecurity

5G Networks Must Be Secure and Reliable

5G promises to revolutionize how people use technology. From transportation to health care to entertainment, the way people interact with wireless internet devices will change substantially. And as 5G enables data to be transmitted much more quickly, the number of devices connected to the internet will likely explode, producing massive economic benefits for those who can quickly take full advantage of the new technology.

SinoTech

U.S.-China Trade Talks in Beijing Conclude Without Meaningful Progress on Structural Issues

Last week, American and Chinese officials held trade talks in Beijing over a five-day period. From Feb. 11 to Feb. 13, a lower-level American delegation, led by Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish, focused on “technical details” and on the question of enforcement of any possible trade agreement. Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 saw high-level talks between Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and U.S. Trade Rep.

Trade and Security

New China Tariffs Will Not Resolve the Trade Dispute

Last week, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He met with U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer in the latest in a series of high-level conversations designed to de-escalate trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies. The vice premier, President Xi Jinping’s top economic adviser, has a reputation as an economic reformer interested in liberalizing China’s economy, which provides some hope that the parties will finally resolve the simmering trade war.

International Law

The Express Rail Co-location Case: The Hong Kong Judiciary’s Retreat

In his Taiwan policy speech on January 2, 2019, People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping referred to the use of the “One Country, Two Systems” policy—previously deployed in Hong Kong and Macau—as a means to unify China with Taiwan. This proposal was poorly received across the Taiwanese political spectrum.

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