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Semiconductors: Chinese takeover of UK’s leading chipmaker doesn’t need a security review – here’s why

Hamza Mudassir, Cambridge Judge Business School Chinese state-backed conglomerate Wingtech Technology is taking full control of the UK’s largest semiconductor foundry, Newport Wafer Fab (NWF), for £63 million. Wingtech has been a majority shareholder in NWF, which specialises in making chips for the car industry, since 2019 through its Dutch chip-maker subsidiary, Nexperia. But it is only now that the …

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Rethinking how we look at Africa’s relationship with China

The framing of Africa’s relationship with China needs a rethink. Shutterstock Christopher J. Lee, Lafayette College The topic of China-Africa relations presents an opportunity to rethink the territorial parameters of African studies. In particular, it can help shift attention away from the Atlantic world as the dominant focal point of connections between Africa and the wider world. The problem is …

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Covid-19: why the lab leak theory must be formally investigated

Virginie Courtier, Université de Paris and Etienne Decroly, Aix-Marseille Université (AMU) A year and a half into the pandemic, we still do not know exactly where the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, came from. The prevailing view so far has been that the virus “spilled over” from bats into humans. But there are increasing calls to investigate the possibility that …

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Bitcoin: China’s crackdown isn’t enough – only a global effort can stop crypto’s monstrous energy demand

Anucha Cheechang/Shutterstock Peter Howson, Northumbria University, Newcastle Huge concrete data centres, permanently plugged into power plants and telephone exchanges, maintain much of online life. But the infrastructure behind internet-based cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, dogecoin and ethereum is more like a rusty travelling circus. And right now, that circus is on the road. Bitcoin relies on a network of millions of …

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Tiangong: China may gain a monopoly on space stations – here’s what to expect

Artist’s impression of Tiangong, Alejo Miranda/Shutterstock Steffi Paladini, Birmingham City University China launched Tianhe-1, the first and main module of a permanent orbiting space station called Tiangong (Heavenly Palace 天 宫), on April 29. Two additional science modules (Wentian and Mengtian) will follow in 2022 in a series of missions that will complete the station and allow it to start …

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The WHO report into the origin of the coronavirus is out. Here’s what happens next, says the Australian doctor who went to China

Dominic Dwyer, University of Sydney The World Health Organization (WHO) overnight released its report into the origins of the coronavirus, a report I contributed to as a member of the recent mission to Wuhan, China. The report outlines our now well-publicised findings: SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, most likely arose in bats, and then spread to humans via an …

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China and the US are racing to develop AI weapons

James Johnson, University of Leicester When Google’s AlphaGo defeated the Chinese grandmaster at a game of Go in 2017, China was confronted with its own “Sputnik moment”: a prompt to up its game on the development of artifical intelligence (AI). Sure enough, Beijing is pursuing launch a national-level AI innovation agenda for “civil-military fusion”. It’s part of China’s ambitious quest …

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City of lost mosques: how Suzhou tells the story of China’s Islamic past

Alessandra Cappelletti, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University The labyrinth of alleys and lanes in the old city of Suzhou hides a secret: historical fragments of the long history of Islam in China. Regular stories in the international press highlighting the treatment of Muslims in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region tend to obscure the fact that Islam was once highly regarded by …

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Rethinking the US-China fight: Does China really threaten American power abroad?

President Biden has so far kept most of his predecessor’s tough-on-China policies. Malte Mueller via Getty Images Andrew Latham, Macalester College President Joe Biden is so far maintaining his predecessor’s tough China policy, which aims to curb China’s international power both economically and politically. In the U.S. and Europe, China is widely recognized as a rising star that threatens Western …

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