China’s Oppo steps up chip ambition as US ban hits Huawei

China’s Oppo steps up chip ambition as US ban hits Huawei

TAIPEI — The U.S. crackdown on China’s Huawei Technologies is spurring its biggest domestic rival to build up its own chipmaking capabilities, including by snapping up top engineering talent from its own suppliers. Oppo, China’s second-largest...
China steps up maritime activity with eye on post-pandemic order

China steps up maritime activity with eye on post-pandemic order

BEIJING/NEW YORK — In April, the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning passed between two Japanese islands, Okinawa’s main island and Miyakojima, in the East China Sea with a full fleet. This marked the carrier group’s first time sailing to and from the...
Japan destroyer takes antivirus steps before Middle East mission

Japan destroyer takes antivirus steps before Middle East mission

NAGASAKI, Japan (Kyodo) — A Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer left its base Sunday to replace another vessel in a Japanese mission to help secure the safety of a key Middle East sea lane, with precautions taken to avoid onboard infections with the...
US steps up intelligence-gathering on Kim Jong Un’s sister

US steps up intelligence-gathering on Kim Jong Un’s sister

NEW YORK/SEOUL — Amid mixed reports about the health of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, speculation is brewing over the question of who might assume power in Pyongyang should he be incapacitated, with his 32-year-old sister emerging as a leading candidate....
China steps up consolidation of smaller banks caught in slowdown

China steps up consolidation of smaller banks caught in slowdown

BEIJING — China will press for mergers and acquisitions among smaller lenders put at risk by the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s clear that the coronavirus is dealing a blow to small and midsize banks,” Cao Yu, vice...