Global economic superpowers China and the US remain engaged in tense trade negotiations - although the threat of an all-out trade war between Washington and Beijing now appears to have been avoided. Relations appear to have now improved somewhat following a series of recent discussions and talks between representatives from both the United States and China and there now appears to be real hope that the issues at hand will be resolved in an amicable and fair manner.

Read more: Did China ‘trump’ the US in trade talks?

Opinion feature by Dr. Winnie Tang, Honorary Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Hong Kong:

Acquiring foreign talent is proved to be a shortcut to promote social and economic development of a place. The United States being well known as the melting pot of various nationalities is a typical example in this respect.

Read more: “Openness is the best strategy to attract global talents” - Dr. Winnie Tang, Smart City Consortium

United States President Donald Trump is imposing $50-$60 billion of annual tariffs on products imported from China ranging from consumer goods to electronics. The US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer was reportedly instructed by the President to publish a list of products that will be affected. China has responded with $3 billion in targeted tariffs.

Read more: US-China trade war could hike up smartphone prices

Carol Wan, Vice President, Data Sales for the Asia Pacific region at PCCW Global has called for the wholesale carrier industry to start developing standards for the development and use of blockchain technology. Telecom Review managed to secure an exclusive interview with the charismatic executive who expressed eloquently how the industry needs to cooperate in order to embrace the cutting-edge technology, which she feels will bring many benefits to the sector.

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Chinese telecommunications carrier China Telecom appears to be a likely candidate to fill the role as the Philippines’ third mobile operator. The state-owned company published promising financial results for 2017 on March 28, with operating revenues up 3.9 percent year-on-year to reach 366.2 billion yuan. China Telecom CEO said the company is “further understanding and communicating” on the deal.

Read more: Could China Telecom become the Philippines’ next operator?

StrataNet is one of the newest entrants in the international telecommunications market. It is set to “shake things up” starting with the submarine fiber optic cable market across Asia. It is not your typical telco or just another private equity group looking to build the next multi-country subsea cable system, who promises to outperform anything the market has seen before.  Instead, StrataNet’s sole purpose is to integrate and monetize disparate, under-utilized and under-valued telecommunication assets to deliver a multi-path, multi-country network underpinned by an unprecedented commercial model for its customers. This approach is now enabling several StrataNet customers to rapidly expand their network at well-below average market costs. Telecom Review visited with Chris de Josselin, CEO, StrataNet Group, who gives an overview of some of the services and commercial innovations that StrataNet is bringing to the marketplace.

Read more: The next era in subsea - 3 billion people, 12 countries, 6 systems, 1 network

Emirates Data Clearing House (EDCH), a subsidiary of Etisalat Services Holding, hosted the seventh GSMA Wholesale Agreements and Solutions Group (WAS#7) in Dubai from March 19-22, featuring keynote speakers and an update from the GSMA Technology Group on industry-wide issues affecting all GSMA work. Emirates Data Clearing House General Manager, Nasser Salim, encouraged attendees to collaborate and “take steps to improve our industry.”

Read more: EDCH hosts GSMA Wholesale Agreements and Solutions Group in Dubai

Glen Burrows, Vice President and General Manager, APJ OEM & IoT Solutions, Dell EMC, spoke to Telecom Review Asia Pacific about the company’s role in realizing the benefits of Internet of Things (IoT) in Asia-Pacific-Japan. The region is well-positioned to drive the rise of IoT due to urbanization, the proliferation of technology and manufacturing growth, Burrows said. Dell EMC sells data storageinformation securityvirtualization, analytics, cloud computing and other products and services.

Read more: Dell EMC: Realizing the potential of IoT in Asia

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