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The US flag and a smartphone with the Huawei and 5G network logo are seen on a PC motherboard in this illustration taken on 29 January 2020. (Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo/Reuters)

Cut-throat competition for world-class chips: The end of Huawei?

Greater restrictions have been imposed by the US in recent months to choke off US-related chip-making supplies to Huawei. As the noose tightens around its neck, it has to think fast about how it can produce its own chips domestically to minimise the impact.
A sign instructing tourists to "Stay Away" is seen beside the road in the village of Airton in northern England on 22 March 2020. (Oli Scarff/AFP)

Chinese doctor in the UK: Presumed words of surrender were exactly what Britons needed to hear

At first, it seemed that the UK was adopting a rather lax approach to handling the outbreak, hoping to delay its spread, rather than contain it. But Hayson Wang opines that the government's perceived posture of "surrendering to the outbreak“ has actually spurred the UK public into taking more precautions. In recent days, both in response to rising criticism as well as rising fatalities — the death toll is currently 335 — the UK looks to be going the harsher way of some of its neighbours, announcing a lockdown that will last for at least three weeks.