MPs summon China-owned firm execs over security concerns

A leading UK-based firm will be summoned on Tuesday by MPs to answer questions over security concerns. There are concerns that the Chinese owner of Imagination Technologies has renewed efforts to transfer ownership of sensitive security software to companies controlled by China. Lawmakers worry the coronavirus crisis is diverting attention from controversial technology transfers. The fear is … https://bbc.in/3eelxAi

British Steel: Takeover by Chinese firm completed

Jingye Group said that the move would save more than 3,000 jobs in Scunthorpe and Teesside and it would modernise the towns’ steelworks. The firm reportedly offered £50m to buy the company after it collapsed and was placed under the control of the UK Insolvency Service last year. Unions have said that although the deal “must be celebrated”, about 450 workers still face losing their jobs. British … https://bbc.in/2QvBx6J

Listen! Factory Girls: Modern Girls, Modern Dreams

They came out of the countryside and helped to build China’s industrial revolution. In the late 19th century, textile factories started to appear in the Yangtze delta, and working in them, teenage girls and young women. It was a hard life with the ever-present prospect of lung disease or industrial injuries as they wove cotton and silk. Yet there were new horizons too: these … https://bbc.in/2GEheMF

Five ways China’s past has shaped its present

To understand today’s headlines about China’s approach to issues such as trade, foreign policy or internet censorship, turn to its past. The country is perhaps more aware of its own history than any other major society on earth. That remembering is certainly partial – events like Mao’s Cultural Revolution are still very difficult to discuss within China itself. But it is … https://bbc.in/2HnBbfO

Listen! Chinese Legalism

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the origins and rise of Legalism in China, from the start of the Warring States Period (c475 – 221 BC) to the time of The First Emperor Qin Shi Huang (pictured), down to Chairman Mao and the present day. Advanced by the Qin statesman Shang Yang and later blended together by Han Fei, the three main aspects of Legalism were the firm implementation … https://bbc.in/2pGxqXb