In this release of Made in China, you will learn about the new rules of entry of Russians to China; the potential problems of the US and the relationship between Huawei and Apple.
The Russians have started to check a smartphone at the entrance to China
In China, there is strict control, and it applies not only to the inhabitants of the country but also to tourists. The Consulate General of Russia in Guangzhou warns that on the border of China began to operate more stringent conditions for checking the Russians and residents of the post-Soviet republics. The staff of the local migration service and the police may require access to the contents of the smartphone, including correspondence, messengers, photo gallery and video, electronic documents and other content.
In addition to checking the contents of smartphones, visitors can be interviewed individually to ensure that their visa categories match the purpose of entry. One of the reasons for innovation was the fact that many Russians go to work in China without a work visa.
If any compromising information is found on a mobile device, a person may be refused entry into the country. If during the interview it turns out that the purpose of arrival does not meet the type of visa, the tourist is sent to a special room where access is prohibited to representatives of the Russian Consulate and airline employees. The person will be there until the next return flight.
Note that such a test of smartphones is not new in China. In some cities, police officers have long patrolled the streets with special devices that can read information from smartphones.
China threatens the U.S. with retaliatory sanctions
In response to the blocking of Chinese companies, China may limit the US access to rare earth metals. As reported, China provides about 80% of the world's production of rare materials used for the production of backlight displays in smartphones and ensures the safe operation of nuclear reactors. Prior to that, China has always openly provided access to these materials to other countries, but now everything can change.
"If someone intends to use the rare earth metals supplied by China against China, the Chinese people will not agree with this state of Affairs," the Chinese publication Xinhua said.
According to available information, in the period from 2014 to 2017, about 80% of rare earth metals were imported from China by American companies. The celestial Empire noted that they intend to avoid trade clashes and deter technological development of the entire industry, which in the end can harm end-users. However, in the case of aggravation of the situation, China has its own levers of pressure.
The United States created a "blacklist" of companies allegedly threatening the national interests of the United States. One of these companies was Huawei, which is now trying to challenge the legality of sanctions.
Huawei's head against the Chinese blockade of Apple
Earlier it became known that in response to US policy towards Huawei, many Chinese began to boycott Apple products. The founder and head of Huawei Ren Zhengfei not supports and opposes the response of China in regard to the "Apple" of the Corporation.
“First of all, this will not happen. Secondly, if it does happen, I will be the first to oppose this decision. Apple is my teacher. Can I, as a student, go against my teacher? Never, ”said the head of Huawei.
He admitted that the US actions lead to a slowdown in the separation of Huawei from competitors in the development of fifth-generation networks. Ren Zhengfei compared his company to a plane with holes in its wings that were losing speed. According to him, the Corporation began to prepare for something similar long ago and therefore undertook the development of own chipsets. However, it is extremely difficult to completely abandon the services of partners and switch to the use of their developments in the shortest possible time.
"No matter what materials they [Huawei employees] will use, be it metal, cloth or paper, the goal is one — to keep the plane in the sky," Ren Zhengfei said.
The head of Huawei noted that half of the 5G-chips they buy in the US, and the other half produce themselves. If American companies stop cooperating with Huawei, they will start to increase their own production, but if possible, Ren Zhengfei prefers to continue to buy American equipment.
Note that in recent days, some partners have resumed cooperation with Huawei, and the company itself began to challenge the legality of US sanctions.