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Video:Ambassador Gui holds the 1st Reception of Chinese Alumni Association in Sweden

The First Chinese Alumni Association in Sweden Reception was held at the Chinese Embassy on May 31, 2019. Produced by Xuefei Chen Axelsson.

首届瑞典中国校友会5月31日在中国驻瑞典大使馆举行。陈雪霏录制。

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Ren Zhengfei, Huawei’s Boss, a great entrepreneur

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

Huawei’s founder and president Ren Zhengfei is a great entrepreneur who has great vision. Compared with Trump, an entrepreneur President, Ren is greater.

Why? Because Trump house arrested Ren’s daughter. Trump was a businessman and he thinks always in economic terms. He promised he would make America greater. But what he did actually is not very good for America.

Why did America become downward? This was because of the Iraq War. If America was patient a little bit and did not invade Iraq, America would have been a great country. But due to its frequent engagement of war and conflict, it made America cost too much.

In some ways Trump was right because they don’t want to shoulder more responsibilities on the one hand and now it is obvious that he wants to slow down China’s speed of modernisation.

Facing such situation, Ren Zhengfei now faced the media. He said Huawei is in its best time thanks to American government’s pressure because all the staff are working hard now.

Without American pressure, many staff were satisfied with their situation and didn’t work as hard. So it turned out to be a good thing.

Talking about his daughter Meng Wanzhou, he said she was house arrested meaning that she can only stay in her home and her house was surrounded by the guards and she couldn’t go to other places except daily necessities.

Ren said his daughter said that she would use the time to study more and get a PhD in the house arrest situation.

Famous South African late leader Nelson Mandela studied in the prison and got a degree in economics from Great Britain.

It is very interesting to study Huawei. In fact, Huawei was established in Shenzhen, but it quickly developed abroad. From very earlier stage, it began to hire retired people for example from Ericcson, from many other western companies.

It paid greater attention to development in western countries. Thus it developed so well because its management was a good combination of east and western thinking.

Ren pointed out that China must respect teachers and raise more young talented people so that we have more young talented ones to continue to work.

He made it clear that it was the American politicians who put pressure on Huawei, but not the American companies. He stressed that he would love to continue to cooperate with western companies.

Many people think the Trump administration should not take unilateral action and should put the US China trade dispute into the WTO mechanism.

Video5: Professor Danilovic: China Fixes All-More Holistic

STOCKHOLM, May 29(Greenpost) — Professor Mike Danilovic from Halmstad University in Sweden said at the 2nd Belt and Road Forum in Stockholm that China has been using a holistic way in doing business with Africa and providing assistance in African countries. He mainly talked about the BRI as a business opportunity for Swedish small and medium-size companies.

He vividly described how Chinese companies deal with development issues in Africa.

Jasmine Lihua Liu, Researcher, Halmstad University/Shanghai Dianji University gave a presentation on exploring Chinese Business Culture.

Suci Ariyanti, student of Halmstad University came from Malaysia and was sent to China to study for some time. She tells her experiences in China and Sweden.

The audience gave a lot of questions and the discussion was very good.

Video2: The Second Belt and Road Forum in Stockholm Attracts more People

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, May 28(Greenpost International) — The Second Belt and Road Forum in Stockholm was held in Stockholm Chinese Cultural Center on May 22.

Nearly 100 participants including 32 diplomats from various embassies and international organisations attended the forum organized by BRIX.

Lars Aspling says China plays an important role in African development

Lars Aspling, member of BRIX said China has experienced the largest migration in the world. China’s high speed trains connect more than 80 percent of the population.

Hussein Askary Board member of BRIX speaks about China and Africa

Lars Aspling talks about European countries and BRI.

Norwegian Former Parliament Member Thore Vestby talks about his view on China and BRI.

Video1: The Second Belt and Road Forum in Stockholm Attracts more People

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, May 28(Greenpost International) — The Second Belt and Road Forum in Stockholm was held in Stockholm Chinese Cultural Center on May 22.

Nearly 100 participants from over 30 embassies and international organisations attended the forum organized by BRIX.

Ulf Sandmark Chairman of BRIX

Ulf Sandmark, Chairman of Belt and Road Executive Group BRIX opened the Second Belt and Road Forum in Stockholm on May 22.

Chinese Ambassador Gui Congyou illustrates BRI to the diplomats in Stockholm.

Chinese Ambassador Gui Congyou made a key note speech illustrating what is Belt and Road Initiative and why Chinese President launched it. He said the Belt and Road Initiative only aims at helping developing countries that needs help to develop their economies and it is based on mutual negotiation and mutual benefit.

Pakistan Ambassador Hussain Dayo speaks at 2nd Belt and Road Forum in Stockholm on May 22, 2019.

Pakistan Ambassador Hussain Dayo said Pakistan was very proud to be partner with China because the BRI really benefits Pakistan a lot.

Dayo said leaders agree that BRI leads to connectivity and prosperity. They also vowed to fight corruption.

Henrique Silveira Borges talks about Portuguese stance on BRI.

Big Turnout For Belt & Road Forum In Stockholm

By Hussein Askary

STOCKHOLM,May24(Greenpost)–The 2nd Belt and Road Forum in Stockholm, held on Wednesday, May 22, in the China Cultural Center, was an exceptional event and powerful demonstration of the great interest in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and cooperation with China in Sweden, a country whose political elites and mainstream media are still skeptical and oblivious to the BRI .

The international nature of this full-day event was almost unprecedented in terms of the discussion of the BRI in this country. A sizeable portion of the foreign diplomatic corps in Stockholm turned out to discuss the outcome of the Second Belt and Road Forum for Economic Cooperation (BRF2) which took place in late April in Beijing. 33 diplomats including 13 ambassadors from four continents joined business representatives, academicians as well as one Swedish parliamentarian, a city councilman, and 4 journalists, forming an audience of over 100 persons.

The event was organized by the Belt and Road Executive Group for Sweden (BRIX), in collaboration with the China-Sweden Business Council. Ulf Sandmark, the Chairman of the BRIX, gave the opening speech of the morning session, pointing out that the BRI is not just railways or trade routes but ‘development corridors’. The BRI is definitely not any sinister military logistics system either, he said.  Sandmark emphasized that “the BRI represented an opportunity for Sweden to get back to such fundamentals as respect for sovereignty, science and development of the productive powers of labor”. Joining the BRI could bring the nation of Sweden together again, Sandmark said, stressing that “it is Sweden’s greatest chance to avoid a rapid economic and social collapse”. Sweden can also make great contribution to eliminating poverty and underdevelopment if it brings its excellent industrial and technological capacity to the BRI nations.

The keynote speaker was the Chinese Ambassador to Sweden Mr Gui Congyou who reported about the massive turnout and success of the BRF2 in Beijing and the rapid growth of trade between China, the BRI countries and also Sweden. “The BRI is not a ‘debt trap’”, Ambassador Gui said. “On the contrary, many countries are stepping out of the ‘underdevelopment trap’ by participating in the BRI. Mr. Gui gave a thorough report on the progress of the BRI globally since its announcement by President Xi Jinping in 2013. Concerning Sweden, he stressed that Sweden actually has a surplus in trade against China unlike most other nations, and that this country is leading in many innovative fields of technology and industry that can benefit China and other BRI countries. At the conclusion of his speech, he again invited Sweden to join the BRI: “Building a ‘One Belt, One Road’ will definitely provide Sweden with a bigger stage to play its own advantages and open up more development space.”

Ambassador of Pakistan Mr. Hussain Dayo was next speaker, giving an enthusiastic report of the transformation Pakistan is undergoing thanks to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, which is in the forefront of the BRI corridors. He then showed a short film on the CPEC showing its progress and impact. A highway is linking China with the Indian Ocean harbor Gwadar, which is expanded from a fishing village to a modern deep seaport. It provides an important backdoor into China and also into the landlocked Central Asia. The roads and railways being built accelerates growth and stability in many regions in Pakistan, especially in the Western parts (Baluchistan Province) close to Afghanistan. The opening of the first coal mines and the construction of first-class coal power plants, have provided much needed power for the export-oriented textile industry.

Ambassador of Portugal, Mr. Henrique Silveira Borges thanked China for standing by his nation in the severe financial crisis 2008. “This we will never forget”, he said and reported about the MOU signed last December when Portugal joined the BRI in the presence of the President of China, Xi Jinping. Portugal has signed agreements to expand its important harbor Sines which will connect the Maritime Silk Road with the Belt of the Euro-Asian rail corridor linking Portugal to China.

A perspective of the attitude in Nordic countries towards the BRI and how it is shaped on the governmental and media level was provided by Thore Vestby, former member of the Norwegian parliament and Co-founder of Ichi Fund. He debunked many of the myths spread in the media in Norway and Sweden. He provided a description of where these come from, not from facts and research, but from a geopolitical mindset in the dominant forces in the West. He explained the great advantages Norway gained from agreeing with China on non-interference in internal affairs, ending the 7-year diplomatic and trade “freeze” China imposed on Norway after the latter awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to a Chinese dissident in 2010.

Hussein Askary, board member of the BRIX, together with Lars Aspling, a member of BRIX and Swedish entrepreneur, took turns to provide the main overview of BRI to the Forum. Aspling started with outlining the historically unprecedented industrialization process that has taken place in China in the past 30 years, without which it is very difficult to understand the BRI and China’s goals behind it. Askary presented the impact of the BRI in Africa´s transformation and joint Chinese – European cooperation projects. “There is a new Africa emerging now, and in the future will be the greatest workshop and market in the world with a 3-billion population in 2050”, Askary emphasized. Europe and Sweden are invited to participated in that great process of the industrialization of Africa, he concluded.

Aspling, concluded the session by reviewing the BRI´s connections to Europe and Sweden, urging the Swedish government to embrace the BRI.

In the intensive but very constructive discussion period, Architect Greger Ahlberg brought the question of beauty as a basis for building a new world in the context of the BRI. Ambassador Gui explained that, while China’s primary goal was to fight poverty, it is keen on preserving the beautiful culture and philosophy it has inherited through the centuries.

Many of the questions were focused on why the Swedish and many European governments are skeptical to the BRI, and how these issues can be resolved by presenting factual information and increased dialog. The last question was posed by moderator Hussein Askary to the Malaysian Ambassador, who was in the audience, to hype in the Western media about the “backlash against the BRI” using Malaysia’s recent renegotiation of some of the infrastructure projects with China as the proof.

The Ambassador, Mrs. Nur Ashikin Mohd Taib, explained in very clear terms that Malaysia maintains very strong economic ties with China and is keen on strengthening them. She informed the audience that many of the key China-Malaysia projects, like the East Coast Railway project, are going ahead. She noted that Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir ben Mohammed was one of the key guests of the BRF2 in Beijing in April.

Opening the afternoon session, Stephen Brawer, Vice-Chairman of the BRIX, brought into the discussion the importance of culture in a historical sense as a learning method, highlighting the case of Shakespear’s tragedies like Hamlet. He contrasted the recent statements of President Xi in the Conference on Asian Culture’s Dialog of Civilizations to the geopolitical mindset of the British Empire and current American neo-conservative forces. British Geopolitics sabotaged earlier visions of transcontinental land-bridges, leading to WWI. In his presentation “A Community of Shared Future for Mankind – Towards a Dialog of Cultures rather than a Clash of Civilizations”, Brawer pointed to the visions of both G.W. Leibniz and the later representatives of the American Revolution, who were intent on building cultural and physical bridges with China and Asia. He referenced the case of Governor William Gilpin, who envisioned the global transcontinental railway network in the 1880s. This policy in the end of the 19th Century was blocked by WWI orchestrated by the British geopoliticians. The current BRI might follow the same fate unless the current dangerous geopolitical games are stopped and replaced by a true dialog of civilizations.

The last speakers were led by professor Mike Danilovic, from the University of Halmstad and Shanghai Dianji University, speaking about the BRI as a business opportunity for Swedish SMEs, explaining the differences in the mentality and business models between Chinese and Swedish/European companies. He gave the audience an enlightening and entertaining reading derived from his 7 years of work between China and Sweden.

He was followed by researcher Jasmine Lihua Liu, from the same university, speaking about “Exploring Chinese Business Culture” and the kinds of pitfalls that can emerge from lack of understanding of the difference in culture, social customs and national character.

An MBA student from Halmstad University, Suci Ariyanti, gave her perspective, as an Indonesian youth, on the differences she found between Chinese/Asian culture and that of Sweden. She emphasized that we are all one humanity, with clear differences, but universal goals and aspirations.

Another intensive discussion period followed, where the perspective for future actions was laid out. For sure this Forum will raise the question of a Swedish BRI-membership to the boiling point Swedish institutions and media. The BRIX association and partners organized this seminar under the title “The Second Belt & Road Forum in Stockholm”, following up on the May 28th, 2018, Belt & Road seminar organized by the Schiller Institute with other associations.

The BRIX was formed by individuals among the speakers and guests of that 2018 seminar, who all want to promote Sweden’s participation in the Bet and Road Initiative.

Photo Xuefei Chen Axelsson, Text Hussein Askary. Editor Xuefei Chen Axelsson.

Why has Hubei province great to do with Belt and Road Initiative?

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

Today three women vice mayors from Hubei province talked about Belt and Road Initiative. One audience asked me, nowadays everybody talks about belt and road, even Hubei province talk about Belt and Road. I can understand when you talked about Xinjiang, it has relations with Belt and Road Initiative, but Hubei province, what relations it has with Belt and Road?

I said it has great to do with BRI. Why? Because Hubei province is in central China and called center of China. Many goods from Yiwu, Shanghai and other eastern part of China have to go through Wuhan to go westward to Xinjiang and then to Europe.

Xiangyang, Jingzhou was communication hub in ancient times. Think of the Three Kingdoms period, when Zhuge Liang from Sichuan met Zhou Yu from Zhejiang, they met in Jingzhou.

In terms of infrastructure or transportation, Wuhan has great to do with Belt and Road Initiative, no matter it is about good in land or good to be transported through the sea.

Some interesting links about China from Norway

Hong Kong–Beijing high-speed train (7 min. video)
2,441 km in 8 hours 56 min.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5-G5R7iwz8

Xi’an Terracotta Warriors (Pit 1, 2 and 3) (with moveable screen)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJ07HkoFJGM&feature=youtu.be

Aerial view of Chongqing city 2019 (4 min. video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49iTC6M1mFk

Chinese school principal teaches students shuffle dance during break
(sound must be turned on)
https://www.scmp.com/video/china/2182798/chinese-school-principal-teaches-students-shuffle-dance-during-break

Square Dance in Shenzhen (4 min. video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=59&v=shdH-NzQs1o

«Asian Boss»: How do the Chinese feel about Chinese stereotypes? 
(8 min. video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW-5sSVDg7A

Travel agency «Touropia»: 10 best places to visit in China (12 min. video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBNkeXmq4IQ

Transportation in China (China’s Mega Projects) (50 min. video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYJ4-fTDy_E&feature=youtu.be

The Karakoram Highway from China to Pakistan (10 min. 2011 video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXNcbd-yq-c

Economy, politics:

Income inequality in China (article)
https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/businessreview/2019/04/01/income-inequality-is-growing-fast-in-china-and-making-it-look-more-like-the-us/

Information for this mailing list is collected by Rolf Melheim, co-author of «Høyhastighetslandet. Historier fra det moderne Kina» (256 pages), [http://www.newchinasite.wordpress.com;]http://www.newchinasite.wordpress.com; and «Porten til Midtens rike. Kinesisk mandarin» 1–3 (448 pages) with «Lærerveiledning» (Teacher’s manual 306 pages), http://www.kinesiskmandarin.wordpress.com

Premier says severe challenges ahead in China’s economy

 
 

 Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers a government work report at the opening meeting of the second session of the 13th National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 5, 2019. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

BEIJING, March 5 (Greenpost) — Premier Li Keqiang admitted that China faced severe challenges caused by the growing pains of economic transformation, when delivering the government work report to the annual legislative session Tuesday.

“Looking back at the past year, we can see that our achievements did not come easily,” said Li at the opening meeting of the second annual session of the 13th National People’s Congress.

“An interlacing of old and new issues and a combination of cyclical and structural problems brought changes in what was a generally stable economic performance, some of which caused concern,” he continued.

Li said that China also faced a profound change in its external environment in 2018.

Setbacks in economic globalization, challenges to multilateralism, shocks in the international financial market, and especially the China-U.S. economic and trade frictions, had an adverse effect on the production and business operations of some companies as well as on market expectations, according to the premier.

Moreover, China was facing a complicated terrain of increasing dilemmas, with multiple targets to attain, such as ensuring stable growth and preventing risks, as well as multiple tasks to complete, like promoting economic and social development.

The country also had multiple relationships to handle, including that between short-term and long-term interests, while the difficulty of making policy choices and moving work forward increased markedly, Li said.

China’s foreign investment law to facilitate more foreign investment to China

BEIJING, March 11 (Greenpost) — China’s draft foreign investment law is well received among foreign investors, who believe it will further improve the country’s business environment.

A new draft of the law was submitted to China’s national legislative session for a third reading last week, and has been deliberated by lawmakers and discussed by political advisors over the past few days.

The draft aims to improve the transparency of foreign investment policies and ensures that foreign-invested enterprises participate in market competition on an equal basis.

Stephan Kothrade, president functions Asia Pacific of German chemicals giant BASF, said the company welcomes the draft law, with the belief that it will help effectively address issues foreign investors face in China.

“For foreign companies in China, I think everyone is waiting for the draft law to be passed, as the law will create a level playing field where everyone can participate,” said Harley Seyedin, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in South China.

With unified provisions for the entry, promotion, protection, and management of foreign investment, the law is “a new and fundamental law” for China’s foreign investment and an innovative improvement of China’s foreign investment legal system.

The draft stresses more investment promotion and protection than the three existing laws, a positive signal for foreign firms in China, said Ma Zheng, vice president of the China subsidiary of the agricultural commodities trader Cargill.

Ma believes the law would provide stronger legal guarantees for foreign investors and companies to safeguard their interests. “It’s going to make China’s business environment more open, equitable and transparent for foreign firms,” he said.

By the end of 2018, about 960,000 foreign-invested enterprises had been set up in China, with the accumulated foreign direct investment exceeding 2.1 trillion U.S. dollars.

China advanced to a global ranking of 46 in terms of ease of doing business last year, up from 78 in 2017, according to a World Bank Group report released last year.

“This shows the constant improvement in our business environment, and greater progress might be made this year,” said He Lifeng, head of the National Development and Reform Commission.

The new law will boost foreign investors’ confidence in China since their rights and interests will be legally protected, said Cai Hua, a national legislator and director of Wisely Law Office in Tianjin.

“A country with a relatively complete legal system will be an ideal destination for foreign investment,” Cai said.

“It will give more people confidence in China,” said Adam Dunnett, secretary general of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China. “If you’re a foreign investor, and you’re going to read a law about China, probably the first one you’re going to read is the foreign investment law.”

Premier Li Keqiang’s government work report is very down to earth

BEIJING, March 5 (Greenpost) — The 13th National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s national legislature, opened its second session Tuesday morning at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Xi Jinping and other leaders of the Communist Party of China and the state were present at the opening meeting, which was attended by nearly 3,000 NPC deputies.

Li Keqiang delivered the government’s work report on behalf of the State Council to the legislature for deliberation.

Li said though China faced a complicated and challenging environment rarely seen in many years with the economy under new downward pressure, the nation managed to accomplish main targets for economic and social development in 2018.

Looking to 2019, Li said it is necessary to sustain healthy economic development and maintain social stability to create a pivotal underpinning for completing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects and to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China with outstanding accomplishments.

Huawei is private company

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

 Huawei is a private company and mainly relies on the market economic regulations from the beginning and that might be its secret of success.
Huawei's founder breaks years of silence to protest U.S. attacks. Photo: Bloomberg
Huawei’s founder breaks years of silence to protest U.S. attacks. Photo: Bloomberg

Ren Zhengfei, the billionaire founder of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., broke years of public silence to dismiss U.S. accusations the telecoms giant helps Beijing spy on Western governments.

While praising Donald Trump for his tax cuts, Ren also implicitly criticized the U.S. move in asking Canada to arrest his daughter for “scaring off potential investors.”

Ren denied suggestions that Huawei aids the Chinese government in espionage, saying it has no regular contact with Beijing, as his technology empire faces its biggest crisis in its three decades of existence. He said he’ll take a wait-and-see approach as to whether Trump will intervene on behalf of Huawei finance chief Meng Wanzhou. Meng — Ren’s eldest daughter — is in Canada facing extradition to the U.S. on allegations of helping defraud banks to avoid sanctions on Iran.

The emergence of the reclusive Ren, who last spoke with foreign media in 2015, underscores the depth of the attacks on Huawei, the largest symbol of China’s growing technological might. Meng’s arrest helped crystallize fears about its growing clout in areas from cutting-edge wireless infrastructure and semiconductors to consumer gadgets. Washington has since convinced a growing list of allies to blacklist Huawei networking equipment.

“I love my country, I support the Communist Party. But I will not do anything to harm the world,” the 74-year-old said in a roundtable briefing, only his third formal chat with foreign reporters. “I don’t see a close connection between my personal political beliefs and the businesses of Huawei.”

Ren said he would decline any request from Beijing for sensitive information on its clients and stressed the potential for cooperation with the U.S. and Trump’s administration. He said there is no law in China that requires a company to install a back door. “Huawei and I have not received any government requests to provide illicit information,” Ren said.

“Huawei is only a sesame seed in the trade conflict between China and the U.S.,” Ren said from the company’s campus in Shenzhen. “Trump is a great president. He dares to massively cut taxes, which will benefit business. But you have to treat well the companies and countries so that they are willing to invest in the U.S. and the government will be able to collect enough tax.”

However, he also pointed out the downside of the U.S. move in asking Canada to help arrest his daughter and extradite her.

“However, if a country or a company gets frightened, for example, if [you] detain some people, those potential investors will be scared away, and the positive [business] environment created by the tax cut will not bring expected results,” Ren said.

Ren, a legendary figure in Chinese business circles, is a uniquely placed voice in a conflict that will help define the global landscape in coming years.

A string of Huawei executives — all the way up to rotating chairman Ken Hu — have taken to media in recent weeks to deny allegations of espionage and challenge its accusers to provide proof of shady dealings. But the arrest in Poland last week of a sales executive accused of spying may have helped prompt the reclusive CEO to personally marshal Huawei’s global response. The employee in Poland was fired over the weekend.

Despite the potential impact on his business, Ren said he was confident Huawei’s revenue would grow to $125 billion in 2019 from more than $100 billion last year.

“Huawei is not a public company, we don’t need a beautiful earnings report,” Ren said. “If they don’t want Huawei to be in some markets, we can scale down a bit. As long as we can survive and feed our employees, there’s a future for us.”

Ren built a company that generates more sales than Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. combined. In 2018, Huawei overtook Apple Inc. in smartphone sales, a triumph that only served to burnish his tech credentials. His quotes adorn the walls of the food court at Huawei’s sprawling campus on the outskirts of the southern metropolis of Shenzhen, and employees still speak of him in reverent tones.

But it’s perhaps Huawei’s newest and splashiest campus in neighboring Dongguan that better encapsulates its ambitions. Overseen by Ren himself, the Chinese company has built a clutch of faux European towns modeled after the likes of Paris and Verona, complete with a lake, castles and bell towers. The complex is so massive employees have to get around by train — and it’s still expanding.

Yet Huawei has now become a target of scrutiny around the world. While the company is owned by its employees, the founder’s earlier career with the People’s Liberation Army has constantly bred suspicion that it poses a security threat, an accusation it has always denied. Still, several carriers are shunning its equipment over concerns the products may leave a backdoor for Chinese intelligence agencies.

Within China, the U.S.-led effort to exclude Huawei as the world prepares to adopt revolutionary fifth-generation wireless is tantamount to a national affront. The company remains a linchpin in Beijing’s effort to dominate future technologies by 2025 and a 2018 document from the Department of the Treasury showed that Huawei had about a 10th of the essential patents for 5G wireless networks. That would put it in a prime position to capitalize on the billions that will be spent rolling out the technology.

“I’m a strong supporter of the world building a unified technology standard,” Ren said.

Ren, who survived the great famine to found Huawei with four partners in 1987 with 21,000 yuan, said Huawei will continue to engage with governments so they can better understand his business.

He stepped back from daily operations in 2011 by introducing a unique rotation system that allows younger executives to run the company for about six months at a time. But he remained the face of the company on major occasions, such as when he accompanied President Xi Jinping to a Huawei office in the U.K. in 2015.

The company’s 2017 report shows he has a 1.4% stake, giving him a net worth of $2 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Over the past year the accusations have intensified, compounded by his daughter’s arrest as well as the blocking or limiting of Huawei gear in the U.S., AustraliaNew Zealand and other countries.

“Huawei firmly stands on the side of customers when it comes to cybersecurity and privacy,” Ren said.

Source: Bloomberg – Caixin

Discovering 10 international brand stories of Shenzhen

Sun Jin, Chief Reporter, Shenzhen Special Zone Daily

STOCKHOLM, Jan. 14(Greenpost):

Abstract: Creating Global Opportunities with an innovative mindset – interview series of top 10 Shenzhen brand stories has come to a perfect close.

Shenzhen Foundation for International Exchange and cooperation (SFIEC), Federation of Shenzhen Industries and Shenzhen Special Zone Daily jointly organized “Shenzhen-Made With Global Vision – An Exploration of Shenzhen Brand Stories” on the “CityPlus” platform. After half a year, the media series has come to a perfect close. Through the immersive coverage of 10 brands, such as UBTEech, Hytera, Artron and Fangda, we explored their story of overseas market expansion. In this article, we have included the most prominent parts of 6 SFIEC Trustee Companies for our readers.

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of reform and opening up

Global brands are the best namecard

from Shenzhen to the world

Facing the competition of innovation

Shenzhen has always focused on

technological innovation and industrial upgrade

Changing “Made in China” to “Designed in China” !

Cutting-edge technology: Sailing Towards the Global Market Through European and U.S. American Developed Countries

While Hytera has made the United States its first stop in its international market expansion, BGI started from the Human Genome Project Laboratory at the University of Washington and UBTECH became the first supplier of intelligent robots to make its way into Apple’s global flagship stores… unlike many of the early traditional Chinese companies who “went global”, Shenzhen’s cutting-edge technology brands regard the developed countries in Europe and America as their starting point of globalization.

Hytera: Charging Towards the Global Private Network Communication Innovation Highland

When he first came to the United States in 1997, Chen Qingzhou, the founder of Hytera, decided to make the United States the first stop of “going global” . In his mind, only a strong foothold in the world’s most developed market would make a strong endorsement of product quality.

“The cultural differences between countries are very deep. If Chinese companies want to make good overseas acquisitions, they must be able to apply the wisdom of China’s ‘harmony in diversity’ “.

– Chen Qingzhou: Hainengda founder, Vice Chairman of SFIEC

To succeed in the international market, one must have international talents who understand the local market and are able to take local design, marketing and technology layout into consideration. From the development of C160, the first walkie-talkie for professional wireless communications in China, in April 1995 to the announcement of its intelligent convergence network solution at the Hytera Global Summit in May 2017, Hytera has changed the rules of the game, bringing the private network communication into a new era of “intelligence convergence” .

C160 walkie-talkie / 2017 Global Summit and Hainengda Intelligence Convergence website launch

Today, from Hollywood blockbusters to the Jiuzhai Valley Earthquake, Columbia Mudslides rescue sites, from the Rio Olympics to the World Cup in Russia, from the Xiamen BRICS Summit to the SCO summit in Qingdao… Hytera is everywhere in the world. It has 10 R&D Centres overseas, 90 subsidiaries and branch offices, and has successfully acquired a number of European and US companies. “Think Globally, Act Locally” , Hytera has explored its own international strategy through practice.

BGI: Leading the Way in the Era of Life

Founder Wang Jian started in the laboratory of the Human Genome Project at the University of Washington in the United States, which later turned into the Chinese Biomedical Association of the United States. Since its establishment, BGI has carried an international gene and started  its journey to becoming the “gene master” with “1%”.

National Gene Bank /Independently developed sequencer developed by BGI

With the unique mode of combining production, learning and research, BGI leads the innovation and development of genomics. With cross-border cooperation in more than 100 countries and regions all over the world and applying cutting-edge research achievements of genes to the fields of medical health, agricultural breeding, resource conservation, judicial service etc. Since 2015, BGI has released several independently developed sequencers to further reduce the cost of gene sequencing and promote gene technology for the benefit of mankind. In leading and guiding the formation process of the “Hyper-Moore’s Law” , BGI has also become one of the world’s only three, and China’s only mass production clinical level sequencer company.

 

“BGI is not a company in the traditional sense, but a social enterprise linking research, industry and people’s welfare.”

-Zhu Yanmei, Executive Vice President of BGI Group, SFIEC trustee

                             

UBTECH: Travelling The World With Robots

Because they had a dream, UBTECH chose robots; because of innovation, UBTECH chose Shenzhen. Founded just six years ago, UBTECH is the world’s first “Unicorn” company in the humanoid robot field. In 2017, it was named one of Fortune Magazine’s “Top 50 worldwide AI start-ups “. From the day of its birth, BGI has always been committed to the internationalization of its brand.

MUST-HAVE ROBOT PRODUCTS

In order for a brand to go global , talent is the key. UBTECH has attracted talent from world-renowned universities, and also owns an internationalized R&D team and professional brand marketing staff, establishing cooperation with international first-class research institutions and enterprises. Since 2008, UBTECH has focused its efforts on developing the technology essential to building androids – steering gear. Finally after five years of overcoming numerous bottlenecks and difficulties, UBTECH developed products that are equal to, if not better than those of first-class European and American companies in terms of parameters performance. From technological R&D, brand translation to global distribution… “internationalization” gave wings for rapid take-off to unicorn enterprises like UBTECH from the beginning.

 

In UBTECH’s blueprints, there is not only a dazzling, cool “futuristic feel”, but even more, a warm, amiable “sense of expectation”: At the 2016 CCTV Spring Festival gala, UBTECH’s independently developed and produced humanoid robot won the audience with its cuteness:  by being able to talk, host and dance, they became the hottest internet celebrities of the day.

High-End Manufacturing: Overcoming Technical Difficulties and Winning Customer Trust

Fangda Group and China Southern Glass Holding’s road to internationalization is a microcosm of the internationalization of China’s high-end equipment manufacturing industry. In short: things are difficult before they become easier, it was by overcoming technical and R&D difficulties that they could enter the international market thereby gaining the support and trust of customers all around the world.

FangDa Group: On The Global Track To The Rhythm of Belt and Road

As Xiong Haigang, assistant to the president of Fangda Group and general manager of Fangda Automation System Co. , Ltd. admitted, although the R&D and post-manufacture positioning of Fangda’s products far exceed domestic and international standards, establishing a Chinese equipment manufacturing brand overseas was no easy task. What Fangda lacks is the opportunity to gain international recognition for its high-standard products and services.

On November 29,1995, at the base of innovation in Shekou, Shenzhen, Fangda Group was listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange as the first listed private enterprise in China.

Since 2008, Fangda began to expand overseas markets, but the first three years didn’t yield any favorable results. The turning point came in 2012, when Fangda Group took part in the solicitation process for the Singapore MRT Takashi Extension Project. After more than four months and 11 rounds of discussions, a deal was finally made and they gained recognition from the Singapore Metro Industry and local government authorities, opening a window of opportunity for overeas market development. Due to Singapore’s leading role in governance and urban operations management in Asia, the overseas brand image that the group has established through the Singapore Metro has also had an impact everywhere, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand subway companies from other countries have reached out to them, and even took initiative to manufacture their own subway screen doors in accordance with the high standards of Fangda.

Overseas customers went from questioning Fangda’s ability to manage projects and product quality to voluntarily asking Fangda to establish local branches to in order to develop and preserve a more long-term and stable cooperation, this attitude represents the opinion international customers had towards accepting China’s equipment manufacturing brand, going through a process of recognition from “unfamiliarity to acknowledgment to understanding and support”.

CSG Holding: “Made in China” on the skyline of Global Metropolises

From Manhattan, New York to Canary Wharf, London, from Dubai to Central Milan, countless “made-by-CSG” glasses have added color to the skyline of the world’s most famous cities. Born in 1984 in Shekou, Shenzhen, the CSG Holding has since its inception been representing China in the international market competition.

Most leading countries of glass technology in the world are in Europe and the United States, which means they’re all located in relatively cold regions where the climate environment is similarly cold. In China, the climate diversity from north to south has put forward higher requirements for glass properties, opened up a wide market for the development of diversified products for CSG, and met the special requirement for heat resistance of glass in Australia, the Middle East and other regions due to long sunshine time. CSB has succeeded in attracting international customers by taking the difficult road of independent R&D when it encountered the limits of overseas technological barriers. As early as 1998, CSG produced the 1.1 mm ultra-thin float glass for the first time, it was the first float glass production line with independent intellectual property rights in China. Now, there are nearly 350 float glass production lines in China, all developed on the basis of CSG.

From the very beginning of learning from different international brands and drawing on the strengths of each countries, while co-developing designs with national design institutes, CSG discovered a way independent R&D in manufacturing.

Cultural Creativity: A New Outlet for Cultural Consumption With “Artistic Wisdom”

In the era of globalization and the internet, the elements of innovation are gathering towards  “urban characteristics” of the international urban agglomeration from the traditional “geographical zone”. From “Cultural Desert” to “Cultural Oasis” , “Cultural Innovation” is the “urban characteristic” displayed in the process of Shenzhen’s reform and opening-up.

From Artron, a global arts service provider, to the international professional orchestra Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, to the Shenzhen Watch & Clock Association, a leader in creating time culture in Shenzhen, Shenzhen has paved its way of innovation leading towards globalization for cultural brands with a global vision and Shenzhen characteristics.

                                               

Artron: Creating “world culture” with “artistic wisdom”

Starting from Shenzhen, Artron looks up at the sky leading to international brands, and the “artistic wisdom” displayed in the process of transforming a printing methodology into a way of art has become the benchmark for the international development of its brand.

The Artron art center, the world’s largest art book wall, won the “Oscar” of the printing industry — “Benny Award” Gold Prize

By applying the differentiation strategy and reducing commercial printing, Artron has moved away from traditional printing towards an art and design oriented cultural enterprise. They have settled into their new state more quickly: to make people’s lives better. “With print becoming more personalized and small-scale, in the future, a printed book may become a ‘Work of art’ or a ‘luxury good,’. What is to come is digital information that can be linked to in depth reading on paper, with one quick scan with your phone you can connect directly to the ‘Artron Cloud Atlas’,” said Peng Gan, CEO of Artron Culture Group and a veteran of overseas business development.

Artron aims to represent the highest standard of the industry “Oscar” with professional standards in order to be internationally recognized, thus successfully giving Chinese brand access to the global market. Since winning the gold medal at the 2003 American print awards for his production of “the face album of Mei Lanfang opera” on the “Oscar Stage” – Benny Award, Artron has won the world’s top printing prize 12 times, winning a total of 65 Benny Awards and becoming the printing company to recieve the most global prizes in the last five years.

                                                     

Orchestras and companies are very different, with the former relying on a long history of culture, including top talent, unique repertoire, and good reputation, none of which can be accumulated in a short period of time. Based in southern China, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra has quickly established a global reputation as a leading serious music group and become a brand of well-deserved international cultural exchange in Shenzhen.Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra: “Shenzhen’s Melody” Lingering in the World Music Scene

Performed at the Concert Hall of the Liszt Music University in Budapest, Hungary

Founded in 1982 at the beginning of the reform and opening-up period, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra began to learn from the professional experience of international orchestras in the 1990s, breaking the traditional way of “ranking according to Seniority” with the principle of “bringing in, going out”.  The Orchestra not only attracts outstanding music talents from home and abroad, but also trains them in a planned and cost-effective way, providing them with great studying opportunities. Furthermore, it also dares to work with the world’s best to continuously enhance the professional standard of the orchestra.

So far, deep friendships have been established in five continents. The Orchestra has toured in the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Italy, France, Turkey, South Africa, the United States, Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea and Thailand among many others. The orchestra pays special attention to traditional Chinese compositions, with some original compositions such as “Harmony in China” , “Folk songs and Hakka tunes” and “Ode to Mankind” being performed with great success at the United Nations headquarters, the UNESCO Headquarters and the world’s most prominent concert halls.

“We learn from the outside world and absorb their experience for our own good.”

-Nie Bing, Director of Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra and SFIEC Trustee

                                    

Shenzhen Watch and Clock Association: Transmitting Shenzhen’s Time Culture To The World

Even though we can’t change the past, we can strive for a spot in the future.

As one of the earliest industrial associations in Shenzhen, Shenzhen Watch & Clock Association has been continuously exploring and innovating the element of “time culture” for 31 years, guiding and leading local watch enterprises in Shenzhen to move towards “fashion technology”, extending the reach of the development of artificial intelligence to the wearable product industry, providing other manufacturers with precise and intelligent manufacturing capabilities, and sharing the “time culture” of Shenzhen Intelligent Manufacturing with global consumers.

Swiss National Innovation Park and Time Valley Sign Strategic Cooperation Agreement / Time Culture Week Opening Ceremony

On the road of brand internationalization growth, while the Shenzhen watch enterprises cooperate with European Swiss and French high-end brands, they also research and develop  products for new generation of consumers with digitalization. Since 2011, Shenzhen has held Chinese Watch Culture Week every year. This year, the first Shenzhen Time Culture Week shows “the eternal charm of time” in the form of exhibitions, forums etc.

It is precisely because of the continued investment and perseverance in the creation of a brand that Fiyta, Tian Wang, Ebohr, Power, Starking and other Shenzhen Watch brands are gradually becoming more and more well known. ”

Time is fair to everyone! The key lies with he who can convey the future,”said Zhu Shunhua, president of the Shenzhen Clock & Watch Association.

Other two companies

Winner Medical: Leading The Global Medical Dressing Industry With The Motto “Quality Before Profit”

As the leading manufacturer of medical dressing, starting at OEM business and moving to an independent brand, from imitating and copying to developing independent creations, Winner Medical have travelled the harder, less walked path.

Only by driving more Chinese companies to win overseas recognition by improving their quality can Chinese brands increase their international influence. In 2007, Li Jianquan, the founder and chairman of Winner Medical, initiated and established the medical disposable market of China Medical Insurance Chamber of Commerce to lead the healthy development of the medical disposable market and help more enterprises establish brand awareness and begin taking the road towards independent brand development.

After the international ISO quality management system came into being, Winner Medical took the lead in entering the medical disposable market, and introduced the German company TUV as the certification body, and established a thorough medical dressing quality supervision system. Every process and quality standard of product manufacture is redefined, from raw materials in warehouses to production monitoring, from production environment to equipment processes, all under the thorough and accurate control system.

In 2005, Winner Medical successfully completed the independent research and development of their patent technology of “cotton spun laced non-woven fabric” , creatively using raw cotton to directly produce all-cotton spun laced non-woven fabric, completely derailing traditional equipment and processes. This is also Winner Medical’s starting point of the shift from ” just medical for treatment to daily use”. Now, “all-cotton spun laced non-woven” technology in China, the United States, the European Union, Japan and other countries and regions around the world made a patent certificate, known as “China’s textile industry’s great creation”. In 2009, Winner Medical established subsidiary PurCotton, successfully  beginning their development towards medical products that are suitable for daily use with “bringing medicine closer to life, and cotton closer to health, ”  as their core principle, which also marks the beginning of Winner Medical’s entry into the consumer goods field.

Qixin Construction: Uniting The World With Creative Decorations

Innovation and self-loyalty are the values behind Qixin shares, and are also the values Qixin shares will hold true to before setting out from south China and reaching the rest of the country and the rest of the world. With the Beijing Yanqi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Center, Kunming Dianchi International Convention and Exhibition Center, the Shenzhen Citizen Center and other well-known landmarks,  Qixin‘s recognition, visibility and reputation has risen.

In recent years, under the “Belt and Road” initiative, Qixin has “gone global” , undertaking landmark projects together with chinese-funded institutions, ranging from the Vietnam-China Friendship Palace to Djibouti’s National Library and archives, to the Equatorial Guinea Stadium, Qixin Shares spreads excellent, decorative architecture around the world, at the same time, it shows the world China’s new image after its reform and opening-up, and promotes China’s modern scientific and technological achievements and traditional culture. From the foreign market background investigation, familiarity with international law and policy to employee training, Qixin “goes global” in order to compete in the international market, sharpens internal skills, with the strength of the enterprise growing continuously.

With the deepening of the reform and opening up and upgrading of the industrial structure, Qixin already began years ago to apply the Internet of Things strategy in construction, with the construction as their core business, they restructured the industrial value chain, innovated the world of networking and led the trend of healthy living. Today, Qixin has realized  “perception, interconnection and wisdom” of construction both internally and externally, providing customized solutions, user experience-based services, while also offering comprehensive “construction IoT+” products and service solutions.

Expert Insights

                                               
Niu Huayong, Executive Dean of the School of Southern Studies at Beijing Foreign Studies University, shared his expert insights.

“Forty years after its reform and opening up, Shenzhen has gone from a contract factory to today’s innovation capital of China and the world. This is because a number of innovative enterprises with great aspirations have chosen to invest in research and develop at a time when others only care about making easy money in order to claim the high ground in ten to twenty years from now. After experiencing initial difficulties, the explosive, unlimited motivation will be unmatched by other enterprises.”

About “CityPlus”:

“CityPlus” is a two-way information platform initiated by Shenzhen and dedicated to the whole world. It aims to let the world learn about Shenzhen in a warm and interesting way and let Shenzhen citizens know the world.

 

Reference:

http://cityplus.com/main/special/enShenzhen.view

Hytera: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/PPpN4BQGysjeWUU5n5HJ4Q

BGI: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/1cXVQxniWL8vhY1gwOEEBQ

UBTECH: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/dTmtd9QWFadTp6s8eCdKrQ

FANGDA Group: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/bJD3WJO91U2HyD45atDKnQ

CSG Holding: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/tn7RSXb8c9Wahsepcptm_A

Artron: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/eqsUmdAWLZEXZAfWFqbTZg

SZSO: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/mC1wLiUeLWtJfcBEzF-VBA

SZWCA: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/QUWDufkgUJUYNPA-xz60Rg

Winner Medical: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/_G3D4E59rWCnz8GpQPzNGA

Qixin: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/m8Cswazcd2Le8uI1_Gn9rQ

Maximum length of a vehicle combination 34.5 metres

The maximum length of a vehicle combination in road traffic will increase from 25.25 to 34.5 metres. The maximum permissible mass remains at 76 tonnes. New type of vehicle combinations that differ from the current standards may also be used on the road. A Government decree on the matter will enter into force on 21 January 2019.

The maximum length of other vehicles than buses and coaches will increase from 12 to 13 metres, the new drawing length of a semi-trailer will be 18 metres and the length of the actual semi-trailer 16 metres.

The maximum permissible length of a combined truck and a semi-trailer will go up from 16.5 to 23 metres. The maximum length of a combination of a car and a centre-axle trailer on the road will be 20.75 metres instead of the current 18.75 metres.

Before the decree was amended, the so-called HCT trucks, whose lengths and masses differ from what is currently allowed, were tested since 2013.  In terms of maximum permissible masses, a preliminary review of the present road network showed that the current maximum permissible mass for a combined vehicle (76 tonnes) cannot be sustainably increased throughout the network. The Transport and Communications Agency, TrafiCom, may also in future grant fixed-term deviation permits for vehicle combinations that exceed the general limit values.

Stricter requirements for long combinationsThe requirements in the decree concerning turnability and stability of long combinations are stricter than what was allowed in the trial. The requirements for combinations also include camera systems for side visibility, an advanced emergency braking and lane detector system, electronic driving stability system and electronically controlled brakes.

The requirement of turnability may affect the planning of intersection areas, and the need for restriction signs in the present intersections continues to exist. However, the long combinations do not really need to access different places but they will mainly be used for connections between terminals, larger shopping centres and production plants, and they will mostly be used outside rush hours, like in the night-time.

The changes in the lengths of vehicle combinations are estimated to gain significant benefits, especially in transport of sea containers, general cargo and foodstuff. These represent nearly 50% of the cargo transport on roads.