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Leading technology brand Huawei unveiled the progress of a range of services, open capabilities and partnership collaborations about HMS Ecosystem at its fifth annual Huawei Eco-Connect Europe (HCE) flagship event on 20-21 October. 

HCE 2020 featured a number of key announcements from Huawei Mobile Services including the rapid growth of HMS Ecosystem in Europe, along with updates to Huawei Developer Program including Shining-star incentive, Apps Up HMS App Innovation Contest and the launch of new Student Developer Program in Europe.

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More than 700 million Huawei users globally, including 80 million in Europe, have access to a comprehensive digital experience through HMS apps such as AppGallery, Browser, Mobile Cloud, Assistant and Themes. At the same time, with entertainment apps – including Video, Music and more amongst many others – users get to enjoy having diverse entertainment options. These apps combine global and localised premium content to meet users’ multifaceted digital needs. Leveraging the excellent software and hardware performance and the All-Scenario experience brought by HMS ecosystems, HMS phone remains popular among European consumers.

Dr. Jaime Gonzalo, vice president of Mobile Services Europe, Huawei Consumer Business Group

Huawei is dedicated to building a global HMS ecosystem. In the past year, Huawei has invested heavily in the research and development of HMS Core’s open capabilities and have launched HMS Core 5.0 globally in June 2020. There are now 56 HMS Core capabilities and 13K open APIs, up from 14 kits and 885 APIs at last year’s Huawei Developer Conference (HDC), creating more possibilities for global developers, enabling apps and digital service innovation. Huawei’s HMS ecosystem is currently the world’s third largest mobile app ecosystem, with over 1.8 million registered developers worldwide and 96,000 applications integrated with HMS Core by the end of 2020 August.

Huawei also aims to empower innovation and growth for diverse industry sectors in Europe. With the 1 billion USD “Shining-Star” incentive program across the world, developers can benefit from comprehensive full lifecycle support and create a smart mobile service innovation ecosystem. With plans for further expansion, the program has accumulatively inspired more than 10,000 innovative apps worldwide, including over 1,000 vertical industry partners. Huawei has already opened its DigiX Labs in Dublin and Düsseldorf, equipped with 5G, All-Scenario environment. Developers can come visit the labs or use their advanced cloud testing and debugging services online, with local support by more than 150 developer technical support engineers.

HSD programme in Europe to help young talents achieve more

The innovative potential of young people, combined with the power of technology, is already proving to be a powerful force in shaping the world we live in. Taking the stage of HCE and its DigitALL Night, Huawei announces the Huawei Student Developer Program in Europe.

Three-year vision of Huawei Student Developer Programme in Europe

Over the next three years, Huawei will invest €1 million in the programme incentives, partnering with more than 100 universities to provide tools and support to help more young people create the apps of the future. This will include giving students free access to over 30 development course and 100 virtual Codelabs. By joining HSD, students can enjoy mentorship sessions from more than 150 Huawei engineers and industry peers in Europe. Our goal is to help students connect with each other, explore Huawei Mobile services open capabilities and learn how to use HMS Core SDKs to create cutting edge applications, including Map, VR/AR and Machine Learning features.

“Our vision for Huawei Student Developer Program is to help nurture young talent and give tech-savvy and change resilient young people the skills and mind-sets to create innovative apps and services to engage future generations,” said Jervis Su, vice president of Mobile Services, Huawei Consumer Business Group.

To register in the HSD program, students can sign up on Huawei Developer website or join through the Huawei ICT Academy in selected universities.

Announcement of Apps Up Contest Top 20 in Europe

During DigitALL Night, Huawei also announces the Top 20 shortlisted apps for Europe as part of Huawei Apps Up HMS App Innovation Contest. On Jun.30th, Huawei announced its HMS App Innovation contest, inviting developers globally to compete for $1 million in total cash prizes. The contest is seeking inventive uses of the functionality provided by HMS Core. Throughout 3 months the contest gathered 2000 teams, who have submitted more than 700 innovative apps and games.

The finalists announced are now a step closer to winning a piece of the 1 Million USD Awards in the categories of Best App, Best Game, and Most Socially Impactful App.

“Through the Apps Up contest, we hoped to unearth innovators within the developer community, helping to turn their ideas into reality, as well as providing them with a platform to showcase their work to over 700 million Huawei mobile users. I was impressed by the quantity and most importantly by the quality of the applications. It’s amazing to see a fresh take of young creative minds on social, educational, health issues combined with proficient use of the cutting – edge technologies.” Said Dr. Jaime Gonzalo, Vice President of Mobile Services Europe, Huawei Consumer Business Group.

From 21 October the top 20 apps from each region session will be made available for public voting through the contest webpage and HUAWEI AppGallery. The most popular entries will receive additional scores at the finals event.

With AppGallery's continued growth and position as one of the top three global app marketplace, winners of the Apps UP contest will get the chance to have their apps promoted on HUAWEI AppGallery, making them accessible to mobile users worldwide.

In Europe, for Europe

20 years ago, Huawei established its first European R&D centre in Sweden. This was the first step of many that has seen a strong and lasting collaboration emerge. Building on our common history, values and interests, we aim to take this partnership beyond 2020 to support digital leadership for Europe and a better future for everyone.

Huawei Mobile Services will continue to leverage its leading technology and capabilities to empower industrial development in Europe as well as promote innovation among individuals and medium enterprises. Huawei is committed to contributing to society by helping European partners and developers bring innovative digital experiences to their consumers and to establish their digital sovereignty through open and mutually beneficial technologies.

Huawei eco-Connect Europe 2020 is an annual flagship event hosted by Huawei for European ICT industry, and is held online from October 20th to 21st, 2020. This year's conference is themed on "New Value Together" and aims to establish an open, cooperative, and shared platform for customers and partners to explore new opportunities for an intelligent future. For more information please visit:

Huawei Developer website

Huawei Student Developer 

Apps Up HMS App Innovation Contest

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US concern over China nukes buildup after new silos report

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Military vehicles carrying DF-5B intercontinental ballistic missiles travel past Tiananmen Square during the military parade marking the 70th founding anniversary of People's Republic of China, on its National Day in Beijing, China 1 October, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo

The Pentagon and Republican congressmen on Tuesday (27 July) aired fresh concerns about China's build-up of its nuclear forces after a new report saying Beijing was building 110 more missile silos, writes David Brunnstrom, Reuters.

An American Federation of Scientists (AFS) report on Monday (26 July) said satellite images showed China was building a new field of silos near Hami in the eastern part of its Xinjiang region.

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The report came weeks after another on the construction of about 120 missile silos in Yumen, a desert area about 240 miles (380 km) to the southeast.

"This is the second time in two months the public has discovered what we have been saying all along about the growing threat the world faces and the veil of secrecy that surrounds it," the U.S. Strategic Command said in tweet linked to a New York Times article on the AFS report.

The State Department in early July called China's nuclear buildup concerning and said it appeared Beijing was deviating from decades of nuclear strategy based around minimal deterrence. It called on China to engage with it "on practical measures to reduce the risks of destabilizing arms races."

Republican Congressman Mike Turner, ranking member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, said China's nuclear build-up was "unprecedented" and made clear it was "deploying nuclear weapons to threaten the United States and our allies."

He said China's refusal to negotiate arms control "should be a cause for concern and condemned by all responsible nations".

Another Republican, Mike Rogers, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, said the Chinese build-up showed the need to rapidly modernize the US nuclear deterrent.

A 2020 Pentagon report estimated China's nuclear warhead stockpile in "the low 200s" and said it was projected to at least double in size as Beijing expands and modernizes its forces. Analysts say the United States has around 3,800 warheads, and according to a State Department factsheet, 1,357 of those were deployed as of 1 March.

Washington has repeatedly called on China to join it and Russia in a new arms control treaty.

The report on the new silos comes as Assistant Secretary of State Wendy Sherman is due to hold arms control talks with Russia in Geneva on Wednesday.

Sherman was in China earlier this week for talks at which Beijing accused Washington of creating an "imaginary enemy" to divert attention from domestic problems and suppress China.

Beijing says its arsenal is dwarfed by those of the United States and Russia and it is ready to conduct bilateral dialogues on strategic security "on the basis of equality and mutual respect".

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US and China positions at a standstill in entrenched Tianjin talks

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With no indication of a US-China leaders' summit in the works, nor any outcomes announced from high-level diplomatic talks on Monday (26 July), relations between Beijing and Washington appear to be at a standstill as both sides insist the other must make concessions for ties to improve, write Michael Martina and David Brunnstrom.

US officials had stressed that Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman's trip to the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin to meet Foreign Minister Wang Yi and other officials was a chance to ensure that stiffening competition between the two geopolitical rivals does not veer into conflict.

But the combative statements that emerged from the meeting – albeit coupled with suggestions from officials that closed-door sessions were marginally more cordial – mirrored the tone set in Alaska in March, when the first senior-level diplomatic talks under President Joe Biden were overshadowed by rare public vitriol from both sides.

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While Tianjin did not expose the same degree of outward hostility that was on display in Alaska, the two sides appeared to stop short of actually negotiating anything, sticking instead to lists of established demands.

Sherman pressed China on actions Washington says run counter to the rules-based international order, including Beijing's crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong, what the U.S. government has deemed is an ongoing genocide in Xinjiang, abuses in Tibet and the curtailing of press freedoms.

"I think it'd be wrong to characterize the United States as somehow seeking or soliciting China's cooperation," a senior U.S. administration official told reporters after the talks, referring to global concerns such as climate change, Iran, Afghanistan and North Korea.

"It is going to be up to the Chinese side to determine how ready they are as well to… take the next step," a second U.S. administration official said of bridging disagreements.

But Wang insisted in a statement that the ball was in the United States' court.

"When it comes to respecting international rules, it is the United States that must think again," he said, demanding that Washington remove all unilateral sanctions and tariffs on China.

China's Foreign Ministry has recently signaled there could be preconditions for the United States on which any kind of co-operation would be contingent, a stance some analysts say is a recipe for diplomatic ossification and that leaves dim prospects for improved ties.

Bonnie Glaser, an Asia expert at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, said it was important for the two sides to maintain some form of engagement. At the same time, there appeared to be no agreement in Tianjin for follow-up meetings or mechanisms for ongoing dialogue.

"That will probably leave US allies and partners uneasy. They are hoping for greater stability and predictability in the US-China relationship," Glaser said.

Both sides are likely to be disappointed if they expect the other to give in first, she added.

There has been some expectation in foreign policy circles that Biden could meet Chinese leader Xi Jinping for the first time since becoming president on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Italy in October.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the prospect of a Biden-Xi meeting did not come up in Tianjin, though she added that she expects there will be some opportunity to engage at some point.

Indications are, meanwhile, that the Biden administration may scale up both enforcement actions impacting Beijing – such as cracking down on Iranian oil sales to China – and coordination with allies in the context of countering China, including another summit later this year that Biden is keen to host with the leaders of Japan, Australia, and India.

Biden's White House also has given few signals that it intends to roll back tariffs on Chinese goods established under the Trump administration.

At the same time, cooperation on the COVID-19 pandemic seems almost entirely out of reach, with the United States calling Beijing's rejection of a World Health Organization plan for further study of the virus' origin "irresponsible" and "dangerous".

There has been little sign either of a willingness by China to cooperate with Washington on the climate issue, a priority for Biden, despite energetic entreaties by U.S. climate envoy John Kerry.

"What was on display in Tianjin is that both sides are still very far apart on how they view the value and role of diplomatic engagement," said Eric Sayers, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Scott Kennedy, a China specialist at Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies,, said neither side saw much upside for now in being more cooperative.

"And there's no low-hanging fruit for cooperation for either side and any gesture toward co-operation actually comes with significant costs, both domestic and strategic," he said.

"I think we ought to have very low expectations about the two sides finding common ground and stabilizing the relationship in the near future."

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Chinese president Xi Jinping visits troubled region of Tibet

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President Xi Jinping (pictured) has visited the politically troubled region of Tibet, the first official visit by a Chinese leader in 30 years, writes BBC.

The president was in Tibet from Wednesday to Friday, but the visit only reported by state media on Friday due to the sensitivities of the trip.

China is accused of suppressing cultural and religious freedom in the remote and mainly Buddhist region.

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The government denies the accusations.

In footage released by state broadcaster CCTV, Mr Xi was seen greeting a crowd wearing ethnic costumes and waving the Chinese flag as he left his plane.

He arrived in Nyingchi, in the south-east of the country and visited a number of locations to learn about urban development, before travelling to the capital Lhasa on the high-altitude railway.

While in Lhasa, Mr Xi visited the Potala Palace, the traditional home of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

People in the city had "reported unusual activities and monitoring of their movement" ahead of his visit, advocacy group International Campaign for Tibet said on Thursday.

Mr Xi last visited the region 10 years ago as vice-president. The last sitting Chinese leader to officially visit Tibet was Jiang Zemin in 1990.

State media said Mr Xi took time to learn about the work being done on ethnic and religious affairs and the work done to protect Tibetan culture.

Many exiled Tibetans accuse Beijing of religious repression and eroding their culture.

Tibet has had a tumultuous history, during which it has spent some periods functioning as an independent entity and others ruled by powerful Chinese and Mongolian dynasties.

China sent in thousands of troops to enforce its claim on the region in 1950. Some areas became the Tibetan Autonomous Region and others were incorporated into neighbouring Chinese provinces.

China says Tibet has developed considerably under its rule, but campaign groups say China continues to violate human rights, accusing it of political and religious repression.

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