On September 30, 1938, British prime minister Neville Chamberlain landed at Heston Aerodrome, stepped off his British Airways Lockheed Model 14 Super Electra, and delivered a speech explaining the importance of his historic negotiations with the German chancellor, Adolf Hitler. The Munich Agreement, which "settled the Czechoslovakian problem", and the Anglo-German Naval Agreement, were "only the prelude to a larger settlement in which all Europe may find peace," he said. Later that day Chamberlain gave a second speech, in London, which included the words for which he will be forever remembered: "I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Go home and get a nice quiet sleep." Just 336 days later, German tanks rolled across the border into Poland. You know how it goes after that. On September 25, 2015, US president Barack Obama stepped out of the White House into the Rose Garden, and delivered a speech explaining the importance of his historic … [Read more...] about US-China agreement is cyberpeace for our time, in public anyway
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Huawei has released some very impressive devices in the US over the past couple of years, including the Nexus 6P and Huawei Mate 9. The Mate 9 has been serving as one of my main devices after the Note 7 recall and there's a lot to like for just $599. With the CES announcement that the Mate 9 is now available in the US for hundreds less than comparable flagships, it seemed that Huawei may be on its way to making a name for itself in the US smartphone market. Yesterday, Canalys questioned whether or not Trump's tough talk on trade with China would limit the rise of Chinese vendors seeking US adoption of compelling hardware at reasonable prices. Prior to Trump's successful presidential campaign, ZDNet's Jason Perlow made the case that Huawei, ZTE, Xiaomi, and Lenovo were going to challenge Apple and Samsung for the lead in smartphone market share. After using Huawei, Lenovo, and Apple products over the past few months, it's difficult to justify paying hundreds more for an Apple … [Read more...] about Huawei’s next smartphone challenge: Navigating Trump-China relations
A lengthy report prepared for the U.S. government about China's high-tech buildup to prepare for cyberwar includes speculation about how a potential conflict with the U.S. would unfold -- and how it might only take a few freelance Chinese civilian hackers working on behalf of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) to sow deadly disruptions in the U.S. military logistics supply chain.REPORT: Joint ventures by US tech firms with China pose cyberwar riskAs told, if there's a conflict between the U.S. and China related to Taiwan, "Chinese offensive network operations targeting the U.S. logistics chain need not focus exclusively on U.S. assets, infrastructure or territory to create circumstances that could impede U.S. combat effectiveness," write the report's authors, Bryan Krekel, Patton Adams and George Bakos, all of whom are information security analysts with Northrop Grumman. The report, "Occupying the Information High Ground: Chinese Capabilities for Computer Network Operations and … [Read more...] about Could China Easily Take Down U.S. Military’s Air-Refueling Logistics in a Cyberwar?
U.S. state department and Pentagon officials, along with their Chinese counterparts, participated in the "games," according to The Guardian. Two thinktanks, the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, are organizing the exercise, which means the the two sides have been able to talk without all the protocols and pressures that come with formal discussions between nations.The newspaper says:During the first exercise, both sides had to describe what they would do if they were attacked by a sophisticated computer virus, such as Stuxnet, which disabled centrifuges in Iran's nuclear programme. In the second, they had to describe their reaction if the attack was known to have been launched from the other side.It's difficult to say what exactly will come of the exercises.The United States has been furious for some time over China’s state-sponsored cyber espionage and theft. The Chinese, on the other hand, may see … [Read more...] about US, China Try to Ease Tension with Cyber War Games
To benefit from a growing Chinese market, Microsoft on Thursday said it is increasing its investment in the country, with new hires, more research for local requirements, and an expansion to additional cities and provinces to bring cloud computing services to its enterprise customers.Microsoft's so-called "go big" strategy for China, includes hiring 1,000 additional employees over the fiscal year, that will work in research, enterprise services, and support for the company. Currently the company has about 4,500 employees in the country.The company also plans to increase its research and development investment in China next year, bringing it up by 15 percent from the current annual amount of US$500 million.As part of the overall strategy, the company will expand its presence in 15 provinces and 20 cities in China by bolstering its staff and management and working with local government offices.The investment is expected to help promote Microsoft's cloud offerings -- including Windows … [Read more...] about Microsoft Plans Large Expansion in China to Push Cloud Services
New federal restrictions now preclude four U.S. agencies from buying information-technology (IT) systems from manufacturers "owned, directed or subsidized by the People's Republic of China" due to national-security concerns. But is this a smart tactic?Stuck into the massive spending bill passed by Congress and signed by the President are two short paragraphs about these new IT-purchasing restrictions that have been placed on the Department of Commerce, Department of Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). These restrictions represent a U.S. backlash against what many believe to be evidence over the last decade of massive cyber-espionage and theft of intellectual property by China. It comes amid rising fears that IT equipment produced, assembled or manufactured by a company "owned, directed or subsidized by the People's Republic of China" could be used to somehow sabotage the U.S. But it remains to be seen if this will … [Read more...] about Should U.S. Limit China-Government Influenced IT Systems?
China's government must halt economic espionage in cyberspace, U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice warned on Monday, days before Chinese President Xi Jinping is due in Washington, D.C., on an official visit.The issue has become a major thorn in the side of U.S.-China relations in the last year, especially in the wake of the breach of personal information of tens of millions of U.S. government workers at the Office of Personnel Management. The U.S. hasn't publicly accused China of that hack but has done so privately. China denies any involvement."This isn’t a mild irritation," Rice said in a speech at George Washington University. "It’s an economic and national security concern to the United States. It puts enormous strain on our bilateral relationship and it is a critical factor in determining the future trajectory of U.S.-China ties.""Cyber-enabled espionage that targets personal and corporate information for the economic gain of businesses undermines … [Read more...] about China ‘must stop’ cyberespionage, warns US National Security Advisor Rice
Last week the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) released its latest report on China's capabilities for computer network operations and cyber espionage, created for them by Northrop Grumman and titled "Occupying the Information High Ground." It's a pretty long 137-page document that describes all of the group's findings as a follow up of the previous 2009 report on the same subject, which was also prepared for the US-China Economic and Safety Review Commission. The review goes into details on what was asked from the study, and what they discovered. As a result, several news publications dissected it to find some faults. So let's look at the bottom line, and try to find out whether China really is involved in cyber attacks, and how advanced they are.First, the scope of the document covers:the state of China's cyber warfare technologyrecent developments and practices that could be used to exploit U.S. computers and network implications for U.S. military … [Read more...] about USCC report on China’s cyber-espionage and -warfare capabilities
Last week, the world's two biggest economies — and also the two biggest emitters of greenhouse gas emissions — came to a historic agreement. The US and China jointly announced a deal to cut carbon emissions, reduce greenhouse gases, and tackle climate change. They took a powerful stance on the issue, which could prompt the international community to take action and create new urgency in the cleantech sector.We can expect a boom in solar power generation, electric vehicles, and energy storage and smart grid deployment — that is, if China and the US make good on their promises and follow through with the obligations they've created. Here are five things to know about the agreement and what it means for the future of renewable energy and the technology behind it. The US declared that it will cut carbon emissions by 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025. That's a big jump from Obama's previous plan of cutting emissions 17% by 2020, so this plan is ambitious but attainable. … [Read more...] about What the US-China climate agreement means for the future of cleantech
The US and China are ready to give diplomacy a try. They don’t want a full-fledged war in the depths of space and so a hotline of sorts has been instituted. This hotline will let both nations share vital information regarding what goes on in space. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Luvabella in Stock According to Financial Times, the space and military institutions of both countries will share a ton of data regarding activities in the vacuum that lies beyond our planet’s atmosphere. It is very much like the red phone that lies between Washington and Moscow. That was there to prevent the Cold War from escalating into an all-out war. It was set up after the Cuban Missile Crisis which almost brought the world to the brink of WWIII.The whole scenario is one of keeping stuff from careening into a full-blown crisis. Steps had to be taken by sending emissaries to China from the US before the space hotline could be set up. A similar space hotline has existed between the US … [Read more...] about US, China Now Have Space Hotline To Prevent Warfare