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Thursday, May 30, 2019


Dear readers,

Two highly recommended pieces of reading leading up to the 30th anniversary of June Fourth:

  • “Four is forbidden,” a moving essay in ChinaFile by Yangyang Cheng, who recounts her own experience of discovering the true history and significance of her birth year, only after she came to the United States for graduate school.
  • “China’s ‘black week-end,’” a review by scholar Ian Johnson of a book, The Last Secret: The Final Documents from the June Fourth Crackdown, which publishes for the first time some remarkable documents from a Communist Party meeting directly after the crackdown.

—Lucas Niewenhuis, Associate Editor

Malaysia welcomes Huawei, rebukes U.S.

Malaysia has become the first Asian country to forcefully rebuke the United States’ position on Huawei, as The Star Malaysia reports:

Malaysia will make use of Huawei's technology as much as possible, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told the Future of Asia conference in Tokyo, amidst ongoing trade tensions between the United States and China.

"Huawei's research is far bigger than Malaysia's capability," Dr Mahathir said in the conference hosted by Nikkei.

"We will make use of their technology as much as possible," he said, adding that Huawei had achieved tremendous advancement over American technology.

Dr Mahathir reportedly said he was not concerned over allegations of espionage activities, because "we are an open book."

Mahathir added, “‘If I am not ahead, I will ban you, I will send warships’ — that is not competition, that is making a threat.” He then also “spoke out against Beijing's military advances in the South China Sea,” and urged that “no warships should be stationed in the South China Sea.”

This counts as a big win for the Chinese telecom giant, which is under threat — potentially existential threat — from U.S. Commerce Department export control regulations. As is often the case, but especially so since those export controls were announced, the news about Huawei today is very mixed for the company. To get a full roundup of this and many other trends in the news from China, subscribe to SupChina Access.

—Lucas Niewenhuis

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