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Archive for June 13, 2019

Newsline: Chinese ambassador warns Britain over blocking Huawei

China’s ambassador to London warned the British government that if Huawei is blocked from developing 5G networks then it will hurt Chinese trade and investment relationship with the United Kingdom. “It will send a very bad message not only to Huawei but also to Chinese businesses,” Ambassador Liu Xiaoming told the BBC. He added blocking Huawei would lead to “bad effects not only on trade but also on investment.” (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-huawei-tech-usa-britain-china/chinese-ambassador-warns-britain-over-blocking-huawei-bbc-idUSKCN1TE0K7) Britain’s National Security Council, chaired by Prime Minister Theresa May, met to discuss Huawei in April and a decision was made to block Huawei from all core parts of the 5G network but to give it restricted access to non-core parts. A final decision by the British cabinet of senior ministers was due to have happened in recent weeks but May’s pledge to step down as prime minister has stalled the process, sources said. She is expected to be out of office by the end of July.

Newsline: Embassy of Switzerland in London seeks mediator who can use art for peace

Swiss peacekeeping is extending to the art world with a new post offered by the embassy of Switzerland in the UK focusing on the role of art and artistic practice in mediation processes. The occupation of research analyst: art/artistic practice in peace mediation is a full-time post beginning in September (the deadline is 30 June). Candidates must have graduated in either peace, mediation and conflict research or in art and/or anthropology. The salary remains confidential. Asked why the post is advertised now in these turbulent political times, a spokeswoman for the embassy says: “Mediation is one of the core tasks of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and contributes towards the fulfilment of the Swiss constitutional provisions on the promotion of democracy and peace in the world.” (https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/arty-swiss-diplomacy-embassy-of-switzerland-in-london-seeks-mediator-who-can-use-art-for-peace) The successful candidate will be required to organise an international symposium on the topic due to take place 2021 in collaboration with the Human Security Division of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in Berne.