Duterte Visit to Moscow: Seeks Military, Energy Cooperation

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte made a state visit to Moscow October 2-6. Among other points, Duterte invited Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin to invest in oil and gas development in the Philippines. Comments shortly thereafter by Philippines Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta suggested that the fact that Russia is not a claimant state in the South China Sea (unlike China) played a role in Duterte’s proposal, but ...

US Blocks Chinese Companies Over Xinjiang Human Rights Abuses

On October 8, the U.S. Commerce Department Bureau of Industry and Security imposed export controls on 28 Chinese entities due to their alleged involvement in anti-minority human rights abuses taking place in Xinjiang, a nominally autonomous region of China. The entities are comprised of 20 local government entities, as well as eight companies: Dahua Technology, Hikvision, IFLYTEK, Megvii Technology, Sense Time, Xiamen Meiya Pico Information ...

Huawei Deepens R&D, Training Presence in Europe Following US Job Cuts

In recent days, Huawei has made a pair of steps to deepen its research and training capacity in European markets.  On September 18, Huawei announced it would open a research and development center in Vienna, Austria.  According to company statements, this adds to a total of 26 existing R&D labs across 14 European countries staffed by approximately 2000 employees.  In addition, on September 21, it was reported that Huawe ...