China to France: Don’t discriminate against Huawei on 5G networks

China to France: Don't discriminate against Huawei on 5G networksPARIS (Reuters) – The Chinese embassy in Paris on Sunday urged the French government not to discriminate against Huawei as it selects suppliers for its 5G mobile network, saying it feared the company would face more constraints than rivals.
FILE PHOTO: A smartphone with the Huawei and 5G network logo is seen on a PC motherboard in this illustration picture taken January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationChina’s Huawei, a global giant in telecoms network equipment, is the center of an international political storm as the United States seeks to convince countries to ban the company from their mobile networks. Washington says its technology could allow “back doors” for Chinese spying – an allegation denied by Huawei and Beijing.
France is in the early stages of rolling out its next-generation wireless technology, and the government’s stance over Huawei’s possible role still lacks clarity, according to some tele..

Mattel will close Canada factory after shuttering two manufacturing sites in Asia: WSJ

Mattel will close Canada factory after shuttering two manufacturing sites in Asia: WSJFILE PHOTO: The Mattel company logo is seen at the 114th North American International Toy Fair in New York City, U.S., February 21, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith/File Photo(Reuters) – Mattel Inc (MAT.O) will close a factory in Canada after shutting down two plants in Asia, as the toymaker reduces its manufacturing footprint to cut costs, the Wall Street Journal said on Sunday.
The maker of Barbie dolls closed its manufacturing sites in China and Indonesia last year and will shut a facility in Canada sometime this year, the newspaper said.
The closure of the Mega Bloks factory in Montreal, Canada would affect about 580 workers, the journal reported, citing a company spokeswoman.
The manufacturing overhaul is said to be a part of Chief Executive Officer Ynon Kreiz’s plan to turn around and stabilize Mattel, which has struggled in recent years from weak sales, the newspaper added.
Mattel did not imme..

China’s Shenzhen denies blocking Apple supplier Foxconn from resuming production

China's Shenzhen denies blocking Apple supplier Foxconn from resuming productionBEIJING (Reuters) – Local Chinese authorities have not blocked Apple (AAPL.O) supplier Foxconn (2317.TW) from resuming production amid a coronavirus outbreak, they said in a statement on Sunday, denying an earlier report in the Nikkei Business Daily.
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Foxconn, the trading name of Hon Hai Precision Industry, is seen on top of the company's building in Taipei, Taiwan March 30, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File PhotoThe Nikkei, citing four people familiar with the matter, said here on Saturday that public health experts had carried out inspections at Foxconn's factories and told the company that there was a “high risk of coronavirus infection” at the facilities, making them unsuitable for a production restart.
Shenzhen’s Longhua district, where Foxconn’s largest factory is located, said in a statement on its official WeChat account on Sunday that those reports were untrue an..

China’s Shenzhen says Foxconn to resume operations after inspections

China's Shenzhen denies blocking Apple supplier Foxconn from resuming productionBEIJING (Reuters) – Local Chinese authorities have not blocked Apple (AAPL.O) supplier Foxconn (2317.TW) from resuming production amid a coronavirus outbreak, they said in a statement on Sunday, denying an earlier report in the Nikkei Business Daily.
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Foxconn, the trading name of Hon Hai Precision Industry, is seen on top of the company's building in Taipei, Taiwan March 30, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File PhotoThe Nikkei, citing four people familiar with the matter, said here on Saturday that public health experts had carried out inspections at Foxconn's factories and told the company that there was a “high risk of coronavirus infection” at the facilities, making them unsuitable for a production restart.
Shenzhen’s Longhua district, where Foxconn’s largest factory is located, said in a statement on its official WeChat account on Sunday that those reports were untrue an..

U.S. energy secretary hopes Mexico, Canada will help export American coal

U.S. energy secretary hopes Mexico, Canada will help export American coalWASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said on Friday that Canada and Mexico could help export U.S. coal to Asia to get around the blocking of shipments by West Coast states concerned about the impact of the fuel on climate change.
FILE PHOTO: Dump trucks haul coal and sediment at the Black Butte coal mine outside Rock Springs, Wyoming, U.S. April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart/File PhotoBrouillette said he expects the two U.S. neighbors will offer opportunities to export coal in talks that could be facilitated by the new North American trade agreement, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, that President Donald Trump signed last month.
“That’s why the USMCA was so important,” Brouillette said at an Atlantic Council event in Washington. “We hope to work more collaboratively with both Mexico and Canada to find export facilities to get the coal from Wyoming,” and other states in..

Anti-Huawei UK lawmakers conducting ‘witch-hunt’: Chinese ambassador

Anti-Huawei UK lawmakers conducting 'witch-hunt': Chinese ambassadorFILE PHOTO: Chinese Ambassador to Britain Liu Xiaoming talks to the crowd following the Chinese Lunar New Year parade through central London, Britain January 26, 2020. REUTERS/Simon DawsonLONDON (Reuters) – Senior members of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives who have demanded Chinese telecoms giant Huawei must not have a role in Britain’s 5G mobile network are conducting “a kind of witch-hunt”, China’s ambassador to London said on Sunday.
Last month the government said “high-risk vendors” such as Huawei would be allowed into the non-sensitive parts of the 5G network, although their involvement will be capped at 35%.
Asked about a letter to Conservative lawmakers by several former ministers expressing concern over Huawei, Liu Xiaoming told the BBC: “They are totally wrong, I think what they are doing is a kind of a witch-hunt. Huawei is a private-owned company, nothing to do with the Chinese gover..

Route cuts intended to make South African Airways sustainable: rescue team

Route cuts intended to make South African Airways sustainable: rescue teamFILE PHOTO: Passengers board a South African Airways plane at the Port Elizabeth International Airport in the Eastern Cape province, South Africa, September 30, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File PhotoJOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Plans to cut some of South African Airways’ (SAA) domestic and international routes are aimed at making the airline sustainable and free from government funding after restructuring, experts appointed to try to rescue the company said on Sunday.
State-owned SAA entered a form of bankruptcy protection in December and is fighting for its survival. [nL8N28F0D5}
The rescue specialists said on Thursday that SAA would cease flights to Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth from Feb. 29, as well as cutting some international routes, as part of efforts to conserve cash and make the airline more attractive to potential equity partners.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday his gover..