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Huawei chief warns of job losses amid 5G security concerns

January 21, 2019

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei admits, “Things went too smoothly for us in the last 30 years.”

Ren Zhengfei  [Vincent Yu/AP Photo]

Ren Zhengfei [Vincent Yu/AP Photo]

Says tech group must prepare for ‘times of hardship’ Ren Zhengfei: ‘In order to achieve overall victory, we need to conduct some organisational streamlining’

By Kathrin Hille in Taipei

Ren Zhengfei, founder and chief executive of Huawei, has publicly warned of job losses as several more governments bar the embattled Chinese technology group from supplying equipment for 5G networks. “In the coming years, the overall situation will probably not be as bright as imagined, we have to prepare for times of hardship,” Mr Ren said in an email to staff. He added that goals found to be unrealistic needed to be revised. “We also need to give up some mediocre employees and lower labour expenses.”

The warning comes as security concerns over Huawei are snowballing across the western world. The detention of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer and Mr Ren’s daughter, in Canada on a US extradition request in December and the arrest of a Huawei executive in Poland on allegations of spying for Chinese intelligence earlier this month have fuelled western suspicions of the group.

A man lights a cigarette outside a Huawei retail shop in Beijing

Germany last week became the latest country to indicate that it would not allow Huawei equipment to be used in its 5G rollout. In the US a bipartisan group of lawmakers proposed legislation that would ban the sale of American semiconductors and other electronics components to Huawei and ZTE, in what would be a re-introduction and expansion of earlier sanctions against the Huawei rival.

Mr Ren, a former People’s Liberation Army officer, issued his warning about a rocky road ahead at an internal cadre management seminar in November. But the CEO’s office sent it out to all staff and published it on Huawei’s online community on Friday, as the company stepped up its efforts to manage the growing crisis.

Guangzhou Messe Qualcomm 5G (picture-alliance/dpa/L. Zhihao)

China invested heavily in the standardization of 5G because it realized that with 3G/4G it had lost the battle over standards and was thus dependent on foreign, mainly US, companies

“5G cannot possibly become as easy as 4G,” said Mr Ren in a speech peppered with military jargon and war metaphors.

“Maybe a mine will go off here and there,” he said. “And even if there won’t be a big explosion all over the place, we will still need to feed 180,000 staff. Wages, salaries and dividends amount to over US$30bn a year.”

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Huawei’s revenues are expected to have grown to $100bn last year from less than $1bn 20 years ago. Mr Ren suggested in his message that the days of uncontrolled growth were over.  “Things went too smoothly for us in the last 30 years,” he said.

“We were in a phase of strategic expansion, our organisation expanded in a destructive way. We have to review carefully if all geographical subsidiaries are efficient. […] In order to achieve overall victory, we need to conduct some organisational streamlining.”

In a message to human resources executives delivered last October, also sent out on Friday, the Huawei chief called for a “revolution” at the entire company. The tough messages come only days after Mr Ren, who normally shuns media attention, swung into action to rebut the US’s allegations against his company in a rare interview with a group of international journalists.

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Mayor of Gdansk dies of stab wounds after attack

January 14, 2019

Poland’s health minister told local media that Gdansk’s mayor died in a hospital after being stabbed at a charity event. A man accused of carrying out the attack is in custody.

    
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Mayor Pawel Adamowicz was stabbed on stage at a charity event on Sunday. A 27-year-old man with an existing criminal record was later arrested.

Adamowicz has been mayor of the Baltic port city since 1998. He had the support of the Civic Platform party, Poland’s previous government before the Law and Justice (PiS) party came to power in 2015.

The mayor was speaking at a charity event when an attacker stormed the stage and stabbed him. The assailant was swiftly pinned down by security personnel and then arrested by police.

Polish prosecutors say the 27-year-old attacker is being investigated for attempted murder and will also be subjected to a psychiatric examination.

Doctors said Adamowicz sustained serious damage to the heart, diaphragm and organs in the stomach region during the attack. The mayor had undergone five hours of surgery in an attempt to save his life.

Condolences pour in

Politicians across Poland’s political spectrum in Poland condemned the stabbing. “I’m expressing great pain for the tragic death due to the criminal attack on mayor Pawel Adamowicz. We express solidarity with his family,” Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the country’s ruling party leader said.

The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, reacted to the news with a message on twitter.

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Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdańsk, a man of Solidarity and freedom, a European, my good friend, has been murdered. May he rest in peace.

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“Pawel Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdansk, a man of Solidarity and freedom, a European, my good friend, has been murdered. May he rest in peace,” Tusk wrote.

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Huawei Spy Case Sets Up a New Warsaw Pact

January 14, 2019

With many developed markets effectively closed, and China already in the bag, the company is looking elsewhere.

East meets West.  Photographer: Bloomberg/Bloomberg

Poland just handed the U.S. a gift in its case against Chinese telecom-equipment giant Huawei Technologies Co.

Yet this development won’t halt Huawei’s global advance. Rather it will deepen the global split between those who trust the company and those who don’t.

On Friday, Polish authorities said they arrested a Huawei employee and a former Polish security agent, accusing both of spying for China. Authorities also pointed out that the case was against two individuals, not the company itself.

Huawei promptly fired the staff member and has been consistent in its denial of espionage allegations.

U.S. lawmakers are among those making the point that even if Huawei doesn’t want to engage in espionage, it operates at the behest of the Chinese government. Huawei gets 51 percent of its revenue from China, where telcos are government-controlled.

The deepening cleavage between Huawei proponents and detractors means the company will likely strengthen its focus on the business at hand – selling smartphones and communications equipment.

With many developed markets effectively closed to Huawei, and China already in the bag, the company is looking elsewhere. Developing Europe, Africa and Asia are lush pastures.

The Middle East and Africa, for example, are home to 1.3 billion mobile connections – almost equal to the population of China. Latin America and Eastern Europe combined provide the same amount, according to data compiled by Bloomberg Intelligence.

The Chinese company’s smartphones have surpassed 15 percent share in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Colombia and South Africa, Huawei said in its 2017 annual report. Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya and Namibia are among nations on its client list for telecommunications equipment, while Middle East markets account for five of at least 22 commercial 5G contracts Huawei has signed to date.

Some of these are places that could benefit from Chinese foreign aid, or at the very least might be unable to resist it. Markets, that if not for Beijing’s generosity, might not have been able to afford miles of new highways, big expensive shipping ports, or high-speed communications networks.

With Huawei determined to push forward alongside Beijing’s broader globalization effort, it’s likely this Polish case will further split the world into Chinese and U.S. hemispheres. This could leave some in the middle left to decide on which side they want to live.

And it makes Warsaw once again the unwilling center of a global divide.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-01-14/rift-from-poland-arrest-supports-huawei-s-emerging-markets-push

Yemen, Iran, Khashoggi murder top Pompeo’s talks in Saudi — Calls for Arab Unity

January 14, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Saudi Arabia for talks on a range of Mideast crises topped by the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, threats from Iran and the Saudi response to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year.

Pompeo was meeting with the Saudi king and crown prince on Monday, the latest stop of a Middle East tour that has so far been dominated by questions and concerns about the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir. (Reuters)

Speaking with senior Saudi officials on his arrival in Riyadh late Sunday, Pompeo stressed the importance ending fighting in Yemen and keeping up pressure Iran.

The State Department said Pompeo also made clear the importance of a credible investigation into Khashoggi’s killing at the Saudi Consulate in Turkey in October.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Sunday for greater unity among the Arabian Gulf states to combat Iran’s malign influence in the region.

Pompeo arrived in Riyadh on Sunday evening on the latest leg of his nine-nation tour of the Middle East.

He was greeted by Adel Al-Jubeir, the minister of state for foreign affairs, Prince Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to Washington, and US Charge D’Affaires Christopher Henzel. Later, he was expected to have talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Pompeo also said the dispute between Qatar and its neighbors had gone on for too long and was threatening regional unity needed to counter Iran.

“We are all more powerful when we are working together and disputes are limited. When we have a common challenge, disputes between countries with shared objectives are never helpful,” he said at a press conference in Qatar earlier in the day.

Pompeo visited Doha on Sunday and signed several agreements with Qatari officials.

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Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic, transport and trade ties with Qatar in June 2017 over Doha’s support for terrorism and its closeness to Tehran.

Pompeo said Gulf unity was essential for a planned Middle East Strategic Alliance that would also include Jordan and Egypt. Saudi Arabia and the UAE have repeatedly said the dispute was not a top priority and assured Washington it would not affect defense cooperation.

“When we have a common challenge, disputes between countries with shared objectives are never helpful,” he said.

“They never permit you to have as robust a response to common adversaries or common challenges as you might. We’re all more powerful when we’re working together.”

Pompeo said he had discussed the dispute with officials in Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE. “It’s not at all clear that the rift is any closer to being resolved today than it was yesterday and I regret that,” he said. “We’re hoping that the unity of the Gulf Cooperation Council will increase in the days and weeks and months ahead.”

Pompeo said that while in Riyadh he would also be discussing the case of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist killed at the country’s consulate in Istanbul last October.

Eleven people have appeared in court in Saudi Arabia charged in connection with Khashoggi’s death, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against five of them for his murder.

“We will continue to have a conversation with the crown prince and the Saudis about ensuring the accountability is full and complete,” Pompeo said. “We’ll make sure we have all the facts so that they are held accountable, certainly by the Saudis but by the United States as well.”

“President Trump made clear immediately in the aftermath of this murder that the relationship is broader and deeper and bigger than that,” Pompeo said.

“We absolutely have expectations when things go wrong, when heinous acts have occurred, people need to be held accountable for this, but this relationship predated that and the relationship must go forward. We have to have a good relation with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and this administration intends to do so”.

The US Secretary of State will also be traveling to Warsaw in February to attend a joint US-Poland hosted Iran-focused world summit.

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Polish mayor stabbed on stage, in critical condition

January 14, 2019

A knife-wielding assailant on Sunday stabbed the mayor of the Polish port city of Gdansk in front of hundreds of people at a charity event, police and media said.

Paramedics resuscitated Pawel Adamowicz, 53, at the scene before taking him to hospital.

A doctor working for the regional authorities, Jerzy Karpinski, described the mayor’s condition as “very serious”.

A video recording of the attack posted on YouTube showed the attacker bursting onto the podium.

Piotr Hukalo / East News / AFP | A man is held on the ground by security personnel after he attacked the mayor of Gdansk during a charity event in Gdansk on January 13, 2019.

After knifing the mayor, he seized the microphone and claimed to have been wrongly jailed by the previous centrist government of the Civic Platform (PO) and tortured.

“That’s why Adamowicz dies,” the attacker said.

The Civic Platform had supported Adamowicz’s re-election in 2018 municipal elections.

Adamowicz later underwent surgery, deputy mayor Piotry Grzelak, was quoted as saying by the PAP news agency.

The attack took place on the podium at a fundraiser for the purchase of medical equipment.

The attacker was quickly apprehended by security guards and arrested by police.

A Gdansk police spokesman said the detained man was a 27-year-old who lived in the city

EU President Donald Tusk, Poland‘s President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki immediately expressed their concern and support for Adamowicz.

“The attack on the life and health of the mayor of Gdansk must be firmly condemned,” Morawiecki said on Twitter.

“Despite differences in political opinion, I am unconditionally with him and his relatives…. I pray for his health and recovery,” Duda added on Twitter.

Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski condemned the attack as “an incomprehensible act of barbarism”.

(AFP)

Pompeo: A united GCC is essential for planned MESA alliance

January 13, 2019

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that a rift between Qatar and its Arab Gulf neighbours had gone on for too long.
“We are all more powerful when we are working together and disputes are limited. When we have a common challenge, disputes between countries with shared objectives are never helpful,” he said at a press conference in Qatar.

Pompeo also said that a united GCC is essential for the planned MESA alliance, and that the US has agreed with Qatar on a widening presence in the Udaid military base.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks in Doha. (AFP)

Pompeo arrived in Doha on Sunday and signed several agreements with Qatari officials.

Pompeo said countering Iran’s terror operations and proxy militia is one of President Donald Trump’s top priorities in an interview with Saudi-owned Al Arabiya News Channel on Saturday.

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U.S. Honors Ceremony for the fallen, at  Udaid military base

“Countering Iran, the threat from the world’s largest state sponsor of terror – the Islamic Republic of Iran, is something President Trump has identified as one of his top priorities. We are determined to do that, we will do it with our partners in the Middle East. This is a mission for the world. It’s incredibly important and we are determined to do it,” Pompeo said during the UAE leg of his Middle East tour.

The secretary of state was previously in Manama, Cairo, Amman, Baghdad, and the Kurdish capital Erbil on a tour that is pushing Washington’s continuous support for the region in confronting Iran and extremist groups such as Daesh.

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Pompeo also commented on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was slain inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year.

“President Trump made clear immediately in the aftermath of this murder that the relationship is broader and deeper and bigger than that,” Pompeo said. “We absolutely have expectations when things go wrong, when heinous acts have occurred, people need to be held accountable for this, but this relationship predated that and the relationship must go forward. We have to have a good relation with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and this administration intends to do so”.

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The US Secretary of State will also be travelling to Warsaw in February to attend a joint US-Poland hosted Iran-focused world summit.

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Germany: Comprehensive review of immigration system ordered

January 13, 2019

CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer wants a “comprehensive review” of Germany’s immigration system. Contradicting Angela Merkel, the new party leader said scrutiny of the fateful year of 2015 was necessary.

    
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (picture-alliance/dpa/G. Fischer)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s successor at the helm of the Christian Democrats (CDU) has told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper that the party will scrutinize the chancellor’s migration policy since the beginning of the migration crisis in 2015.

“We will look at the entire immigration issue, from the protection of the external border to asylum procedures and integration, from the perspective of effectiveness” Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said.

Kramp-Karrenbauer, who replaced Merkel as CDU leader in December, said the party would review the immigration system at a planned workshop in February.

The European Union’s border protection agency, Frontex, and Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees would take part in the talks to examine “where and what needs to be improved,” she added.

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Kramp-Karrenbauer, who was Merkel’s favored candidate to take over the CDU, differed from her predecessor on the topic of the 2015 migration crisis and the government’s subsequent response.

Read more: Ai Weiwei: ‘Refugee crisis is a political tool for populists’

Merkel said that discussions surrounding what happened in 2015, when more than a million migrants entered Germany, amounted to “wasted time,” according to Die Welt am Sonntag. But Kramp-Karrenbauer said she did not fully agree.

“It would be a strange state of affairs if we in the CDU were to approach the topic comprehensively and ignore what happened in 2015,” she said.

Immigration has dominated German politics since the migration crisis. The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has enjoyed repeated electoral successes across the country on the back of an ardent anti-migration platform.

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A police officer stands guard as migrants stage a protest in front of a train at Bicske railway station, Hungary, September 4, 2015. Hundreds of migrants, many of them refugees from the Syrian war, woke after a night spent on a packed train stranded at a railway station west of Budapest, refusing to go to a nearby camp to process asylum seekers. The train had left Budapest on Thursday morning after a two-day standoff at the city’s main railway station as police barred entry to some 2,000 migrants. Hungary says they must be registered, as per European Union rules, but many refuse, fearing they will be sent back to Hungary if caught later in western and northern Europe. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

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Iran Protests Summit in Poland — A “hostile act against Iran”

January 13, 2019

“Polish Govt can’t wash the shame: while Iran saved Poles in WWII, it now hosts desperate anti-Iran circus.”

Iran’s foreign ministry summoned a senior Polish diplomat on Sunday to protest Poland’s jointly hosting a global summit with the United States focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, state news agency IRNA reported.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday the summit — to be held in Warsaw on Feb. 13-14 — would focus on stability and security in the Middle East, including on the “important element of making sure that Iran is not a destabilising influence.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif criticized Poland for hosting the meeting. (File/AP/Altaf Qadri)

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An Iranian foreign ministry official told Poland’s charge d’affaires in Tehran that Iran saw the decision to host the meeting as a “hostile act against Iran” and warned that Tehran could reciprocate, IRNA added.
“Poland’s charge d’affaires provided explanations about the conference and said it was not anti-Iran,” the agency added.

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On Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif criticized Poland for hosting the meeting and wrote on Twitter: “Polish Govt can’t wash the shame: while Iran saved Poles in WWII, it now hosts desperate anti-Iran circus.”

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Zarif was referring to Iran hosting more that 100,000 Polish refugees during the Second World War.

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Relations between Tehran and Washington are highly fraught following the decision in May by President Donald Trump to pull the US out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers and to reimpose sanctions.

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Huawei fires executive charged with espionage in Poland

January 12, 2019

Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei said on Saturday it had terminated the employment of a Chinese worker arrested on spying allegations in Poland.

Polish authorities on Friday arrested Wang Weijing and a former Polish security official on spying allegations, a move that could fuel Western security concerns about the telecoms equipment maker.

Read more: A 2nd Huawei executive has been arrested — this time in Poland on suspicion of spying for the Chinese government

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Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecoms equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with the Chinese government and U.S.-led allegations that its equipment could be used by Beijing for spying.

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Huawei said the employee’s alleged actions “have no relation to the company”. The company added that the decision was made as the incident has brought the company into disrepute.

(Reporting by James Pomfret; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

Huawei Warnings May Bring Chinese Retaliation, Czech Leader Says

January 11, 2019
Pro-Chinese Czech President says report puts economy at risk
Western governments debate whether company is security threat
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China is preparing a reprisal against the Czech Republic after authorities there issued warnings about Huawei Technologies Co. and risks it poses to the country’s security, President Milos Zeman said.

Czech President Milos Zeman arrives for a summit in Brussels on 25 May, 2017
President Milos Zeman

Zeman, who has named Chinese government-linked officials as advisers and tried to promote his country as a potential investment gateway to Europe for Beijing, was responding to a report from the National Cyber and Information Security Agency issued last month. The report, which advised against using Huawei and ZTE Corp. software and hardware, would undermine the Czech economy, he said.

Signage is displayed atop a ZTE Corp. building in Beijing.

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“Some members” of the Czech government have information that China will take “retaliatory steps,” Zeman said late Thursday in an interview on Barrandov TV. He cited investments by Volkswagen AG’s Czech unit, Skoda Auto AS, in China and an agreement with PPF AS with Huawei about building a 5G wireless network as potential targets for reprisals.

Read more: Germany Prioritizes 5G Network Security as It Mulls Huawei Risks

Western governments are worried that Huawei’s systems could be used by Chinese intelligence to gather data. On Friday, Poland arrested a Huawei employee and a former Polish security agent and accused them of spying for China.

Germany is also weighing whether to restrict the role of Huawei in building the country’s future telecom infrastructure. Australia and New Zealand have banned Huawei equipment from participating in planned 5G networks, and the head of British MI6 said last month the government needs to decide whether to ban the company.

Zeman, whose position is largely ceremonial, said the Czech report contained no proof that would justify the warnings and that it had resulted in a “serious” threat for economic interests in China.

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At the same time, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said his government has no information that China is preparing sanctions against Prague because of the report, the CTK news service reported. The premier noted that the cyber security office should explain how it arrived at its conclusions.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-11/huawei-warnings-may-bring-chinese-retaliation-czech-leader-says