Xi Jinping hails ‘enhanced cyberecology’ and state innovation

Asia in brief Chinese President Xi Jinping opened the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China by calling on the nation he leads to win the race to develop “basic technologies” and become self-sufficient in strategic technologies.

The speech marked a shift in President Xi’s language from his remarks at the same event five years earlier when he talked about markets driving innovation. In his speech on Sunday, he spoke of innovation centered on national strategic requirements – hence state-led – and linked the development and implementation of information technology to national security.

Xi also spoke about China’s internet industry, saying that in the past five years of his rule, “cyberecology has continued to improve.” This is almost certainly a reference to the fact that the Chinese internet has been largely cleaned of content that the Party does not approve of – and possibly also a nod to the recent Chinese crackdown on big tech companies. , on the grounds that their activities put profit and growth ahead of the national interest.

Xi’s speech did not mention which technologies China considers “essential” or priorities for development. But the president said China plans to train world-class talent to build it.

The speech also included a commitment to reunite (peacefully) with Taiwan, which would give China access to advanced technology, but did not rule out forced reunification.

Communication was an important theme of the speech. Xi pledged to ensure that the Party line can always reach the eyes and ears of citizens.

–Simon Sharwood

Samsung, TSMC and Qualcomm probed for patent infringement

On Friday, the US International Trade Commission voted to investigate semiconductors from Samsung and TSMC, and integrated circuits from Samsung and Qualcomm, following patent infringement claims.

A notice of inquiry [PDF] states that the relevant patents cover “integrated circuits or wafers, incorporating foreign-made wafers, fabricated using: Samsung’s 14nm and smaller process nodes; or 16nm process nodes and smaller devices from TSMC; (b) mobile devices consisting of smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches containing the same; and (c) components of such solid-state devices and mobile devices.”

The complaints come from New York-based Daedalus Prime LLC.

The technologies mentioned above are making a lot of money for Samsung and TSMC, making it a stock to watch.

Hong Kong democracy group says PayPal has halted service

The Hong Kong League of Social Democrats (LSD), one of the few pro-democracy groups still active in the territory, says PayPal has stopped allowing donations to its cause.

On his Facebook page the League cites an email it claims to have received from PayPal Hong Kong which states “after reviewing your account, we have determined that there is excessive risk involved”.

Chinese state-controlled media have called the League a “cult” – a term often used to describe the Falun Gong religious organization which is banned in China.

PayPal did not respond to our request for comment on the allegation.

–Simon Sharwood

Vietnam steps up efforts in digital transformation

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh last week reiterated the importance of digital transformation in the country’s reform agenda.

In a speech delivered on National Digital Transformation Day, Pham pledged to pursue five priorities:

  • Improve the number and quality of administrative procedures offered online, by setting up a national online authentication system;
  • Increase Vietnam’s talent pool by focusing on developing skills needed for digital transformation;
  • Promote faster adoption of digital services by businesses, with shared digital infrastructure seen as a way to make this effort faster and more affordable;
  • Educate stakeholders on the benefits of digital transformation, to encourage adoption;
  • Build infrastructure and institutions to make the above possible, then watch Vietnam soar in the e-government efficiency rankings.

–Simon Sharwood

Ant Group’s distributed database available on AWS

OceanBase, a database developed by Ant Group, the financial services arm of Alibaba, has gone on sale on Amazon Web Services Marketplace.

The distributed relational database solution is offered as an alternative to MySQL and has the pedigree to leverage Ant’s colossal payment services, as well as substantial implementations at major Chinese financial institutions.

The AWS Marketplace page as the product describes it as capable of storing over 320 billion rows of data in a single table.

“It can scale smoothly online (more than 100 nodes in a single cluster) and can automatically achieve load balancing without interrupting system operation after scale-up or scale-down, which is transparent to applications,” says OceanBase.

While China is a major source of enterprise hardware, little Middle Kingdom software reaches the rest of the world. The debut of OceanBase on AWS is therefore significant.

–Simon Sharwood

Australian phone company Optus says hack victims don’t need to replace passports

Australian carrier Optus released an update in a stock market filing on Friday regarding the cyberattack it faced in late September that exposed customer data in such quantities that a threat actor could potentially open a bank account in the name. of a victim. “Following discussions with the Australian government, Optus is now communicating to customers whose passport numbers were exposed in the cyberattack that they will not need to replace their passports,” the telephone company said. Explain [PDF]. Optus further clarified that the company was working with the government to “protect customers from the possibility of identity crime, including providing guidance on what action affected customers should take, if any.”

The company received widespread criticism from the public at the time of the attack for failing to adequately inform victims. The data breach is being investigated by the regulator to find out whether Optus took reasonable steps to protect customers’ personal information.

Singapore says yes to Coinbase selling digital payment tokens

American cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase announcement last week, it received regulatory approval from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to offer digital payment token products and services in the island nation. MAS has so far given its approval to 15 companies, although it has not been shy about being skeptical of cryptocurrency. The regulator has repeatedly warned retail investors to avoid investing in alterna-cash.

Cyberattacks in Vietnam up 20% year on year

Vietnam National Cyber ​​Security Center published cyberattack statistics, including an almost 20% year-over-year increase in attacks on businesses and organizations in September. A total of 998 cyberattacks in September 2022 brings the total so far in 2022 to over 9,500 and counting.

Toshiba restricts the field of bidders

Toshiba has would have chose Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) as the preferred bidder to buy the company. JIP hopes to acquire the struggling Japanese multinational with the help of Orix and Chubu Electric Power. Negotiations are rumored to focus on price and financing.

In other news

Our regional coverage last week included news of the United States granting exemptions to its latest round of restrictions on exports of chips and advanced equipment to China. SK hynix, Samsung, TSMC and Intel were all granted a one-year reprieve from compliance.

Toshiba has launched a commercialized robot inspection service for power plant turbogenerators.

The Chinese city of Shenzhen has offered big subsidies to boost its chip industry as US sanctions continue to bite.

China has launched a solar observation satellite into orbit which, if all goes as planned, will study the Sun for at least four years.

Samsung’s headquarters in Ukraine was damaged in a Russian attack on Kyiv that targeted civilians.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has found the solution to costly, slow and inefficient cross-border payments on the implementation of industry-led blockchain stablecoin transactions and multi-CBDC platforms.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) went into damage control mode after a launch of its Epsilon rocket was aborted by a self-destruct command on Wednesday.

Fujitsu and Japan’s Keio University want the internet to have an approval feature that verifies information and prevents fake news.

India’s Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology has hinted that he will most likely extend the deadline to comply with sweeping new information security rules laid down in the name of national security.

Also in India, the IT minister hinted at the imminent release of a revised data protection law that would remove sovereign data storage requirements – an outcome that would please big tech.

The illegal war in Ukraine has led to a small and strange boom in Chinese exports of electric blankets to Europe.

Singapore-owned Australian phone company Optus will be investigated after its train crash following a data breach in late September.

Also in Australia, the union representing Apple Store employees called a strike as part of efforts to raise wages and improve working conditions.

Toyota has been clear about an outsourced developer who left key customer information on a public GitHub page for five years, exposing nearly 300,000 email addresses and customer management numbers of T-connect support users.

And finally, a political expert opined that US trade restrictions on semiconductor technology would make life very difficult for Chinese-American technicians working and living in China. ®

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