Naive. That is the word that comes to mind when one reads the musings of Australian journalists reacting to China's move to impose additional tariffs on Australian wine, just the latest reaction from Beijing to show Canberra that it can hurt the country's economy if it so wishes.
Australia has gone through the COVID-19 pandemic with relatively little death and destruction and is set to decide on how to come out on the other side. But while a majority of the populace is suffering due to vastly decreased earnings — or, in many cases, none at all — there is yet no sign of our politicians announcing they will take a pay cut in solidarity with the rest of the nation.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has reportedly agreed to let Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies play a role in the rollout of 5G networks in the UK.
A senior Huawei official says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may soon declare a ban on trouser belts being made in China, claiming they are a risk to US national security as armies cannot fight with trousers round their ankles.
New Zealand telecommunications company Spark has still not decided whether to submit a revised proposal to the country's spy agency in order to see whether it can use equipment from Chinese vendor Huawei in its 5G network.
The technical director of the UK National Cyber Security Centre has slammed Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies for its engineering practices, which he characterised as "very, very shoddy".
Huawei Australia chairman John Lord has called on the Australian Government to adopt the path of cyber diplomacy in its dealings with the company he heads, rather than resorting to confrontation.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has again said that her country has not banned Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies from playing a role in its 5G networks.
New Zealand says it will carry out its own risk-assessment to make a final decision on whether to use equipment from Chinese telecommunications gear maker Huawei Technologies in its 5G networks.
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