Articles about China

Apple news-churn app mysteriously stops churning news in China

Apple's URL-redirect news app has stopped working behind the Great Firewall of China, it has emerged. Even articles saved by those who are too fearful of the world to venture outside the walled garden for their news have been blocked. The New York Times noted that Apple News users in China needed to convince Cupertino that …
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China launches 'pollution-free' rocket

China used its latest green rocket design to carry 20 micro-satellites into space on Sunday. Xinhua news agency reports the Long March–6 was successfully launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in north China’s Shanxi Province. While it won’t earn a Greenpeace sticker, the Long March–6 is about as environmentally …
Bill Bennett, 21 Sep 2015

China, Germany moving closer to no-hack pact

China and Germany are moving towards a mutual no-hacking-for-economic-espionage pact, along the lines of agreements already signed between China and the the US and UK. German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters after talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that Germany was seeking a deal “very quickly”. Germany, ahead of the …
John Leyden, 30 Oct 2015

China tells local cloud storage vaults to name suspected pirates

China's has issued strong advice to local cloud storage operators that they need to stop hosting copyrighted material. The National Copyright Administration has told local companies they must not just follow copyright laws, but implement technological and human-operated processes to identify and remove copyrighted works and …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Oct 2015

'China and America can be best friends' says diplomat keen to CYBER

China and America should be cybering together, said State Councillor Yang Jiechi in an interview about Chinese President Xi Jinping's first state visit to the US later this month. The comments follow anonymous White House claims that the US is mulling "unprecedented" sanctions against China in response to cyber-attacks …

$100 million Inspur-ation for Cisco's China strategy

Cisco has revealed the first concrete outcome of its new China strategy, inking a deal with the server maker best known for helping build the Tianhe-2 supercomputer. The Borg has long complained that China has been getting in the way of growth. Most recently, the company sent the broom through its executive suites before …

Sino the times, as Microsoft makes Baidu default search engine in China

Microsoft is cosying up with Chinese search engine Baidu in a deal which will see it ditch Bing as the default browser for Windows in the Middle Kingdom. Baidu is the dominant search engine in China with 600 million users, after Google was effectively booted out of the country. In a blog announcing the move, Microsoft's head …
Kat Hall, 24 Sep 2015

China's glorious five year plan will see 'online environment cleaned up'

China has finished talking about its 13th five-year plan, and while the full text and tactics won't be revealed until next year, broad brush-strokes have been supplied that offer lots of insights into matters technological. Internet of Things advocates might be the happiest of all who consider the plan: China pledges to create …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Nov 2015

China decides to cook its own chips – report

Chinese government-owned Tsinghua Unigroup, having failed to buy Micron, is going to make its own memory chips. The WSJ reports that TU will spend $12bn-plus to build a fab and make acquisitions. It's being positioned as part of China's long term goal of being less dependent on Western technology. The acquisitions will be …
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2015

'Hacked by China? Hack them back!' rages US Congress report

A report laid before the US Congress yesterday encouraged lawmakers to allow American companies responding to Chinese miscreants pilfering their data to hack those companies back to save their info. The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission was established by Congress "to report on the national security implications …
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China, for one, welcomes our ROBOT SPACE ANT overlords

China's signalled its intention to develop robotics for deep space missions. The signals came in the form of a speech by Liu Jizhong, director of the lunar exploration program and space engineering center at China's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense. Liu's speech, reported by Chinese …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2015

China: OK, Seagate, you may now kiss your bride (Samsung's disk biz)

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has said Seagate can finally start integrating Samsung's disk drive business into its mainstream operations. Seagate bought this business from Samsung almost four years ago, in December 2011. This decision by MOFCOM to lift the "Hold Separate" restriction parallels its similar one to …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2015

China bans HPC and UAV exports, citing national security

China has banned the unlicensed export of supercomputers and certain types of unmanned aerial vehicles. The bans, announced here and since shoved through internet translat-o-trons by El Reg, targets machines of eight petaflops or more with 2 Gbps of networking capacity. The June 2015 top 500 supercomputer list records only …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Aug 2015
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Intel Xeon chip ban? Pfeh. China triples top 500 supercomputer tally

SC15 The number of Chinese supercomputers among the world's top 500 most powerful number-crunching machines has tripled to 109. The leap, measured between July and November this year, comes amid a ban on high-end Intel processors leaving the US for the Asian superpower's supercomputer builders. As a result of that export embargo, …
Chris Williams, 16 Nov 2015

China wants international peace pact online and under water

China has outlined its preferred framework for international rules on internet governance, couching them as a push for peaceful development of the four “new frontiers” of “outer space, cyberspace, deep sea and polar regions.” Wang Qun, China's ambassador to the United Nations (UN) and director-general of the nation's Ministry …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2015

Western Digital in joint push with Unisplendour to sell arrays in China

Following Unisplendour’s intended $3.8bn investment in Western Digital, the two companies are forming a joint venture to sell WD’s data centre arrays in China. According to analyst haus Stifel Nicolaus' MD, Aaron Rakers, this JV will be 49 per cent owned by Western Digital and 51 per cent by Unisplendour and its subsidiary …
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2015

US-China cyber espionage treaty 'will do nothing': FireEye boss

Cyber Defence Summit The China-US treaty will do next to nothing to slow or stymie espionage attacks, says FireEye boss Kevin Mandia. Presidents Obama and Xi Jinping recently pledged to stop economic espionage efforts, in a bid to repair the bilateral relationship between the countries. The agreement, positioned as a means to curb wholesale …
Darren Pauli, 14 Oct 2015

EU, China promise 5G cooperation, seek an understanding on standards

The EU and China have pledged to work hand in hand on rolling out the next generation of mobiles and mobile networks. Digi Commissioner Gunther H-dot Oettinger signed a symbolic agreement with Miao Wei, Chinese Minister of Industry and Information Technology at Monday’s “High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue” in Beijing. “5G …
Jennifer Baker, 28 Sep 2015

China laments 'wild guesses and malicious slurs' on state hacking

Chinese president Xi Jinping visits the USA in September, a visit expected to be afforded all the pomp and ceremony of a top-level bilateral leader's meeting. Other diplomatic protocols are meanwhile being observed, including sniping through the media. In China's case, that means state-owned Xinhua, which quoted Chinese …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2015
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China hacks 'everything that doesn't move' says Hilary Clinton

Former US secretary of state and now presidential candidate Hilary Clinton has accused China of aggressive, state-sponsored hacking aimed at stealing both state and trade secrets. In widely-reported remarks made at a campaign event in New Hampshire, Clinton said China is “ ... trying to hack into everything that doesn't move …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Jul 2015

China's hackers stole files on 4 MEELLION US govt staff? Bu shi, says China

China is fending off accusations it was behind the theft of personal dossiers on four million US government workers – some of whom had applied for or were granted security clearances. China's foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told NBC News: "We hope the United States could discard this kind of suspicion and stop groundless …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Jun 2015
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Russia and China seal cyber non-hack pact

Russia and China have promised to play nicely and not hack each other. The two countries also agreed to jointly counteract technology that may "destabilise the internal political and socio-economic atmosphere", "disturb public order" or "interfere with the internal affairs of the state", the Wall Street Journal reports. The …
John Leyden, 11 May 2015

Nutanix summons China's Lenovo dragon to magic up hardware

Nutanix has scored Lenovo as a hardware manufacturer for its hyperconverged system software, effectively wedging its foot in China's front door. A family of Lenovo-built hyperconverged appliances will be aimed at nearly all workloads, including enterprise applications, databases, virtualized desktops, and big data analytics, …
Chris Mellor, 04 Nov 2015

Chuck chucks Cisco's China C-suite

Incoming Borg boss Chuck Robbins has sliced a bunch of executives from Cisco's operations in China, in a response to the territory's ongoing weak performance. The move is also in line with Robbins' stated desire to flatten out the Borg's burgeoning bureaucracy. First Rob Lloyd and Gary Moore were given pink-slips, and later, Wim …
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Game over for epic 15-year-long console ban, China says

Videogame giants will soon be able to make and sell consoles in China, after Beijing confirmed plans to lift a ban first instituted in 2000. Rules were relaxed in the country in 2014 to allow for the production and sale of "gaming entertainment" in the newly created Shanghai Free Trade Zone. Now, according to the Wall Street …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jul 2015
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Report fingers China for assault on Australian weather supercomputer

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reports that China has been fingered as the source for a very substantial attack on a supercomputer operated by Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BoM). The BoM is an analog of the UK's Met Office and the USA's National Weather Service. Like those agencies, the BoM provides weather …
Team Register, 02 Dec 2015
Incoming Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins

Cisco to pour BEELIONS into China

Just days after emptying out some corner offices in China, Cisco says it's going to pour US$10 billion into developing business in the Middle Kingdom. The Borg has posted an announcement that it's signed a memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), and with the Association …

UK/China cyber security deal: National security attacks still OK, it seems

Contrary to several trigger-happy reports, China's president Xi Jinping has not signed a formal agreement with the UK prime minister David Cameron on cyber security. Rather, the nations have issued a joint statement – which UK government spokespersons did not want to tell The Register was legally binding – which mentions an …
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China's Tianhe-1 supercomputer back online after Tianjin blast

The Tianhe-1 supercomputer in the Chinese city of Tianjin is back online. State organs China Youth Daily and are both reporting, with more than a little tinge of pride, that the supercomputer survived the blast thanks to the resilience of the data centre in which it was housed. The data centre is a couple of …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2015

USA, China find common cyber-enemy within

Chinese president Xi Jinping visits Washington later this month and ahead of the leader's trip the USA and China have come to some sort of a “consensus on cyber security”. Last week in the USA, Chinese cabinet member Meng Jianzhu met with US secretary of state John Kerry, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Jeh …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Sep 2015
China's FAST radio telescope

China announces petascale super for FAST radiotelescope

China is planning another petaflop supercomputer, this time to support what will by next year become the world's largest radiotelescope. The telescope itself, a 500 metre monster that's scooped into a hilltop in Guizhou, has been under construction since 2011. This week, engineers began installing the 4,450 panels that will …
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China cuffs hackers at US request to stave off sanctions

Hacking suspects have been arrested in China by the nation's authorities at the behest of the US government for the first time, The Washington Post reports. The unprecedented arrests took place in early September – shortly before Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Washington – and appeared aimed at providing a show …
John Leyden, 09 Oct 2015
Behring Strait. Pic: US government/NASA

China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America

China likes trains. Its latest idea is to drive a railway route from Beijing to America via Russia, running under the Bering Strait to Alaska, Canada and America. The 8,000 mile route would need two undersea tunnels; one running from Russia to the Big Diomede Island, and one from Little Diomede Island to America – well, Alaska …
Simon Rockman, 10 Jul 2015
Smoke and fire are seen after an explosion in the Binhai New Area in north China's Tianjin Municipality on Aug. 13, 2015. An explosion rocked the Binhai New Area in north China's Tianjin Municipality at around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. The cause and casualties are not immediately known. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei)

Huge explosion kills 44+ in China, blasts nearby supercomputer offline

Vid China is today trying to determine the cause of extensive explosions in the port city of Tianjin that have left at least 44 dead and hundreds injured. State news organ Xinhua reports that a warehouse operated by a company that specialises in dangerous goods, such as chemicals and explosives, blew up on Wednesday night. The …
Team Register, 13 Aug 2015

China using cyberspies in border disputes with India and neighbours

Cyberspies have been snooping on Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan, seeking information on border disputes as well as general diplomatic intelligence. The ongoing APT-style cyber-attack against India and neighbouring nations has been going on since 2011 and is likely to be the work of China, according to net security firm …
John Leyden, 21 Aug 2015

China eyes the dark, sorry, far side of the Moon

A Chinese space boffin has said his country will land the first probe on the far side of the Moon* before 2020, the BBC reports. Speaking to state TV, Zou Yongliao of the Chinese Academy of Sciences said the purpose of the Chang'e 4 mission would be to "study geological conditions" on our satellite's hidden face. The landing …
Lester Haines, 09 Sep 2015
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Google to China: Please Play with us, we promise to respect your strict censorship diet – report

Google has reportedly been working hard to reboot its business in China, after the ad giant walked away from the country following a censorship spat with Beijing in 2010. The Sundar Pichai-run company apparently hopes to return to the People's Republic armed with mobile services that suit the censorship sensibility of the …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Sep 2015
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China shutters 50 websites for spreading explosion 'rumours'

China's Cyberspace Administration has taken down 50 web sites for reporting “rumours” on the Tianjin explosions. State organ Xinhua now reports that 112 people are confirmed dead, with another 95 missing, after last week's explosions in a dangerous good warehouse. Chinese media that have reported different versions of events …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Aug 2015

Big trouble in big China: Crashing economy in Middle Kingdom body slams US tech stocks

The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed more than 1,000 points in the first few minutes of trading on Monday, as the effects of China's economic woes spilled over onto Wall Street. China's Shanghai Composite index plummeted by 8.7 per cent – its biggest one-day drop since the global financial crisis of 2007 – sending waves into …
Neil McAllister, 24 Aug 2015

Cyber peace deal still possible despite China's US cyber-spying denials

The US and China are still expected to announce a cyberwar peace deal, despite signs to the contrary during a state visit to the US by the Chinese paramount leader this week. Chinese President Xi Jinping kicked off his visit by telling the Wall Street Journal that the "Chinese government does not engage in theft of commercial …
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2015
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China decrees local internet must go faster to stimulate growth

China's premier Li Keqiang has decided the nation's internet connections need to get faster and cheaper. “China has more cell phone users than any other country, but its Internet service speed ranks below 80th in the world due to underdeveloped information infrastructure,” the premier reportedly said. Li Keqiang sits atop China …
Simon Sharwood, 14 May 2015

China and the cloud sink their teeth into server sales

China and the cloud are wreaking havoc on Dell, HP and Lenovo server sales, with Chinese and Taiwan ODMs benefitting. Why should this change? Gartner says second quarter 2015 server shipments rose 8 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) but only Cisco among the tier-1 vendors benefitted from the rise, with the others seeing falling …
Chris Mellor, 04 Aug 2015
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Juniper sees 30m virtual reality headsets shifted by 2020, as China lifts ban

Crystal ball gazers at Juniper have looked far into the future and seen that by 2020 some 30 million virtual reality headsets will be shifted globally. Hardware retail revenue from VR headset sales will exceed $4bn (£3bn) by 2020, it said. According to the analyst house the "watershed year" for the virtual reality will be 2016 …
Kat Hall, 16 Sep 2015

China makes internet shut-downs official with new security law

China is able to shut off internet access during major 'social security incidents' and has granted its Cyberspace Administration agency wider decision making powers under a draft law published this month. The draft also appears to require critical infrastructure organisations including foreign entities to store "important" …
Darren Pauli, 13 Jul 2015

China looks to gobble Micron, acquire its own RAM and flash chipper

A WSJ report says a Chinese government owned chip-maker is bidding $23 billion to buy Micron, the USA's top DRAM and flash manufacturer. The Tsinghua Unigroup is the largest fabless semiconductor business in China. It has a somewhat opaque structure. Think if it as a branch of the Chinese Communist party, run by a party …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2015
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Gmail falls over after hitting 'Great Firewall of China' – report

Large numbers of Google's Gmail web addresses were reportedly blocked in China over the weekend. The disruption occurred on Friday, according to, a China-based freedom of speech group. One Gmail user complained on Twitter yesterday that domestic suppliers could not send emails to Gmail accounts and described the …
Kat Hall, 29 Dec 2014

China spending $182 BEEELLION on net construction by end of 2017

Beijing has announced a $182bn programme of network infrastructure spending, supplementing the development of China's service sector over the next two and half years. The State Council, China's chief administrative authority, said the government will invest at least $69.3bn in network construction this year, which in turn will …
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China megacorp Tencent parrots Communists' 'Internet Plus' edict

Chinese megacorp Tencent is pushing ahead with an edict from China's Communist Party to improve the country's internet connections by upping its investment in software-defined networking. Tencent is most well known for its WeChat messaging and payments app, which the company says has 500 million active users. In March, China's …
Kat Hall, 20 May 2015

STOP! You – away from the keyboard. There's no free speech in our China

Chinese police officers will be installed within the country's largest internet companies to provide a response force in case of free speech crimes. Notions that the blossoming Chinese internet technology scene might lead to a relaxing of the country's totalitarian censorship laws are faltering, following a recent announcement …

US, China manage to keep a straight face while promising to not hack each other's corps

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have announced an cyber-peace deal in which neither side will engage in commercial spying online. "We have agreed that neither the US nor the Chinese government will conduct, or knowingly support, cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property – including trade secrets …
Iain Thomson, 25 Sep 2015