BT removing Huawei equipment from parts of 4G network

The Guardian

BT has confirmed it is removing Huawei equipment from key areas of its 4G network as concerns are raised about the Chinese firm's presence in critical telecoms infrastructure. Governments in the US, New Zealand and Australia have already moved to block the use of Huawei's equipment as part of the future rollout of 5G networks. Earlier this week the head of MI6 also suggested the UK needed to decide if it was "comfortable" with Chinese ownership of the technology being used. In a statement, the UK telecoms group has confirmed it is in the process of removing Huawei equipment from the key parts of its 3G and 4G networks to meet an existing internal policy not to have the Chinese firm at the centre of its infrastructure. "In 2016, following the acquisition of EE, we began a process to remove Huawei equipment from the core of our 3G and 4G mobile networks, as part of network architecture principles in place since 2006," BT said.


North Korea restricts Chinese tour groups ahead of 70th national anniversary

The Japan Times

SEOUL – Pyongyang will suspend Chinese tour group visits to North Korea ahead of a high profile anniversary next month, according to news reports Saturday. The North's Korea International Youth Travel Agency told a Chinese tourist agency that hotels in Pyongyang would be closed for renovations for 20 days starting Saturday, according to South Korean media reports. Another North Korean travel agency informed their Chinese partner that an unspecified "state decision" meant they had to stop receiving Chinese tour group package travelers until Sept. 5, the reports said. North Korea has in the past restricted entry to foreigner tourists as the country prepares for significant events, giving a variety of reasons for the moves, Yonhap reported. The latest measure comes as the North prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the government.


Apple tries to woo China with traditional music

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Its chief executive has embarked on a mission to win over Chinese consumers following declining sales and a series of problems in the country. Now Apple's latest attempt to woo the world's biggest market has turned to traditional Chinese music. The California-based tech giant has announced an update to its GarageBand software, adding new Chinese instruments and Chinese language localisation into the app. Its chief executive has been attempting to win over Chinese consumers since declining sales and a series of problems in the country. Now Apple's has announced an update to its GarageBand software, to include Chinese instruments and Chinese language localisation throughout the app (pictured) The update adds traditional Chinese instruments, the pipa, erhu and Chinese percussion, along with 300 Chinese musical loops.


North Korean Leader Meets Chinese Senior Official, Fetes Chinese Art Troupe

U.S. News

The North Korean leader on Saturday "warmly" greeted Song Tao and the Chinese delegation visiting Pyongyang to perform and also expressed his greetings to Chinese President Xi Jinping after Song conveyed Xi's greetings to Kim, the North's official Korea Central News Agency said.


Report: Chinese Insurance Tycoon Detained

U.S. News

The founder of the Chinese insurance company that bought New York City's Waldorf Astoria Hotel during a global acquisition spree has been detained by regulators, a business news magazine said Tuesday, following reports of possible financial misconduct.