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RFA: Over 2.65 Million Haigui in 2016 and the Number Is Expected to Grow in 2017

RFA published an article stating that, according to a research paper that the CCG (Center for China and Globalization) published, which was about jobs and entrepreneurship for Haigui, (Haigui refers to students who return to China after studying abroad), by the end of 2016, the number of Haigui exceeded 2.65 million. It is expected that the number will grow in 2017. Over half of Haigui believe they can recover the cost of their overseas education within five years. IT, telecommunications, electronics, and the Internet in the private business sector are the fields that most attract the Haigui. Haigui prefer technology, renovation, and the service industry in second tier cities to pursue startup business opportunities.

Source: Radio Free Asia, August 13, 2017

Amazon Stopped Selling Its Most Popular Smartphone

Chinese online technology news site EN News recently reported that Amazon stopped selling BLU branded smartphones on its U.S. online store after an online security company Kryptowire revealed, at the recent BlackHat information security conference, that the smartphone has spyware secretly collecting sensitive user information and sending it to China. The BLU smartphone has been the top seller on Amazon’s online store. It runs pre-installed software that a Chinese company named Adups makes. Adups is headquartered in Shanghai. Amazon confirmed the issue. Adups was found last October to have the same problem and apologized with a promise to fix the “mistake.” However, once again the spyware was discovered on another smartphone model of the same brand. {Editor’s note: Adups spyware was reportedly found on many other smartphones priced below US$300.}

Source: EN News, August 1, 2017

Huawei: We Plan to Surpass Apple and Samsung to Be the World’s Number One

Well-known Chinese news site Sina recently reported that China’s largest smart phone manufacturer, Huawei, planned to sell more smart phones than both Apple and Samsung by targeting the markets of advanced countries, including the U.S. Huawei’s consumer product CEO Yu Chengdong suggested in a press interview that Huawei will shift its focus to advanced countries from developing countries to take advantage of better consumer purchasing power and better profit margins. He further commented that Huawei is very good at innovation, based on which Huawei can expand its market share to be a global winner. Research showed that Huawei is currently the world’s third largest smart phone vendor, holding 10 percent of the global market. Samsung has 22 percent and Apple has 15 percent of the global smart phone market share. In recent years, Huawei performed poorly in critical markets like India and Indonesia. It is currently focusing on the Japanese and European markets.

Source: Sina, July 28, 2017

Global Times: China Established New Military Organization for High-Tech Weaponry

Global Times recently reported that, in 2017, as part of the Chinese Defense Technology Innovation Reform, China established a new top-level organization to oversee advanced military technology developments. Modeled after the U.S. DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the new organization, with the name Military Science Research Committee of the Central Military Commission, was tasked with participating in the programs that develop stealth aircraft and electromagnetic cannons. Along with another organization established earlier, called the Military Technology Committee of the Central Military Commission, the new organization operates at the “top tier” of the military technology and innovation domain. The new committee consists of a wide range of scientists and engineering experts. Many observers expressed the belief that the goal of the new structure is to mimic the U.S. DARPA, with the hope of delivering the same level of fruitful outcome of cutting edge technologies.

Source: Global Times, July 27, 2017

BBC Chinese: China’s Internet Censorship Just Banned WhatsApp

BBC Chinese recently reported that netizens inside China discovered WhatsApp’s audio, video, and image capabilities have been blocked. As of July 19, short text information could still go thru. These were the same symptoms before Google and Gmail were fully banned in China. WhatsApp is the world’s most popular messaging app, claiming a user base over one billion as of February, 2016. China, with the largest scale of Internet censorship, has so far banned nearly all of the world’s most widely used social media and communications apps, including Facebook, Twitter, Google (and its various apps), Instagram, and YouTube. China has just announced the ban of the Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology altogether. In the meantime, it tightened up the content level control on unbanned media for information regarding the passing away of China’s Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Liu Xiaobo.

Source: BBC Chinese, July 19, 2017

BBC Chinese: China Seems to Be Planning to Ban VPNs

BBC Chinese recently reported, based on a number of media sources, that the Chinese government appears to have become much stricter on domestic Internet access control. The three primary Chinese communications companies have been ordered that, by February 2018, they must ban Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) on their Internet networks. VPN refers to the technology to form an encrypted secure channel to go across the public Internet. This is the primary technology for Chinese netizens to access the free Internet outside of China’s “Great Firewall.” It has been estimated that over 30 percent of the 700 million Chinese Internet users depend on VPN technology to break the government’s firewall to visit banned websites such as Facebook and Twitter. It is technically challenging to fully ban VPN usage. At the same time, it may also impact the international companies that use VPN technology for their secure connections to their headquarters’ networks for legitimate business purposes. The VPN ban will further limit Chinese scientists, researchers, and scholars from their day-to-day research work and their communications with foreigners in the same field. Experts expressed their belief that this recent VPN ban demonstrates the Chinese government’s desperation in its attempt to obtain tight Internet control.

Source: BBC Chinese, July 12, 2017

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