After months of uncertainty amid brewing tensions, the US has introduced new rules officially prohibiting the administration of government contracts to Huawei and other Chinese tech firms, a move that has further fuelled the fire between the countries’ seemingly endless trade war.

Read more: Trade war heightens as US officiates ban on buying Chinese equipment

As governments around the world struggle to come to terms with the initial banning of Huawei products by US President Donald Trump and the whiplash of his subsequent decision to lift it, Malaysia has taken a firm stance by choosing not to rush blindly into judgment, preferring to approach the subject of 5G cybersecurity in a liberal manner instead of pandering to the West’s seemingly baseless accusations towards the Chinese telecommunications colossus.

Read more: Malaysia takes a liberal stance to 5G cybersecurity

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) have urged the Indian government to restore access to telecommunications and internet services in Jammu and Kashmir, expressing alarm following a communication blackout in the wake of the revocation of Article 370.

Read more: CPJ expresses concern over telecommunications blackout in Jammu and Kashmir

Bharti Airtel’s CEO Gopal Vittal has recently called for higher speed spectrum allocation as well as reduced costs to be prioritised by Indian telco regulators in a bid to deliver efficient, comprehensive and wide-reaching network services as part of the “fourth industrial revolution.”

Read more: Bharti Airtel CEO calls for affordable high speed spectrum allocation for 5G networks

The fifth court hearing for Meng Wanzhou's case took place in Canada on May 8. Huawei issued a statement regarding this hearing in which it reveals three new and important disclosures that the lawyers for Ms. Meng made in court. From the outset, Huawei has expressed confidence in Ms. Meng’s innocence. “We have maintained that her U.S.-ordered arrest was an unlawful abuse of process – one guided by political considerations and tactics, not by the rule of law.”

Read more: New developments in the extradition case of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei CFO

Taiwan has recently elevated its digital banking sector’s status by granting its first virtual banking licenses to three consortiums, headed by Japanese and Taiwanese investors. The move was a natural progression for Taiwan as it seeks to follow in the footsteps of other Asian markets which are also issuing such licenses.

Read more: Taiwan accords virtual banking licenses to three new consortiums

Enterprises today are embarking on digital transformation projects at an ever increasing pace. As businesses leverage digital technologies such as cloud, data analytics and IoT among others, the need for cyber security becomes increasingly crucial to protect proprietary IP and private customer data. 

Read more: APAC-managed security to drive growth opportunities in the region

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