Can Huawei survive without American chips?
Now that the Trump administration has labeled Huawei a national security threat and essentially cut off its access to American technology, the company has to figure out how to make do without foreign semiconductors — illuminating a broader conundrum for China.
For decades, the Chinese government has sought to decrease its reliance on foreign chipmakers and become a world leader in the field, pledging tens of billions of dollars to boost local players.
But the U.S. wants Beijing to scale back state support for its firms as part of any final trade deal.
By the numbers: Last year, China imported more than $300 billion worth of computer chips, the backbone of all digital products. The company’s founder and chief executive, Ren Zhengfei, told Chinese media that in “peaceful times,” half of Huawei’s chips came from American companies.
A temporary reprieve: The U.S. said it would allow Huawei to continue doing business with American suppliers for 90 days to prevent disruption to mobile networks that use the company’s equipment.
Fading hopes for India’s ailing Congress party
After a humiliating defeat in 2014, the party that had dominated India’s political scene for decades was hoping to bounce back this year.
It’s looking unlikely. Even the most restrained exit polls indicate that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party will take a leading role for the next five years when results are announced Thursday.
Context: Congress is the party of towering independence leaders, including the country’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Mr. Nehru’s great-grandson, Rahul Gandhi, now holds the party’s reins and is attempting to revive its reputation, which has been tarnished by corruption scandals and accusations of elitism.
Watch: Our South Asia bureau chief visited one of India’s holiest temples to see how the country’s controversial Supreme Court ruling over the right of women to enter that temple became a political lightning rod.
Democratic calls for impeachment grow
As more House Democrats call for impeachment, the party is becoming increasingly divided over how to hold President Trump accountable.
Former White House counsel, Donald McGahn, became the latest to defy Congress, skipping a scheduled hearing about Mr. Trump’s attempts to obstruct the Russia investigation.
A sizable bloc of Democrats has now declared their support to start an impeachment inquiry, with many concerned that Mr. Trump’s actions are eroding a constitutional check on presidential power.
What’s next: The head of the House Judiciary Committee chairman promised to hold Mr. McGahn in contempt of Congress. And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called a Wednesday morning meeting to update her caucus on the status and strategy behind the House’s investigations.
#MeToo takes on McDonald’s
A legal-defense fund formed last year to extend the #MeToo movement beyond Hollywood is now taking aim at sexual harassment in the fast food chain — one of the world’s largest companies and most recognizable brands.
The fund filed 23 complaints against McDonald’s, accusing it of gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment in the workplace and retaliation for speaking up.
Response: Steve Easterbrook, the McDonald’s C.E.O., said the company has improved and clarified its policies on harassment, and put most franchise owners through training. He said the company planned to roll out a complaint hotline and training for front-line employees.
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Indonesia’s government is ‘about harmony’
By re-electing President Joko Widodo, Indonesia — the world’s third-biggest democracy and home to the world’s largest Muslim population — resisted the global trend of strongman politics and nationalism. Instead, voters chose a soft-spoken leader who revels in numbers, heavy metal bands and pluralism.
“For the continued existence of our country,” Mr. Joko said in an interview with The Times, “we have to rely on Indonesia’s culture, which is diverse and tolerant.”
His government, he added, “is about harmony and opposing extremism.”
Here’s what else is happening
Christchurch: The Australian man accused of fatally shooting dozens of Muslim worshipers at two mosques was charged with carrying out a terrorist act. The man, Brenton Tarrant, already faced 50 counts of murder after the massacre in March.
Hong Kong: Two political activists facing rioting charges over a clash with the police in 2016 were granted refugee protection in Germany — likely the first citizens from the semiautonomous Chinese city to gain sanctuary. The move could be a turning point in global views of Hong Kong, where individual freedoms have eroded as Beijing tightens its grip.
European Parliament: Nationalists from across the 28-country bloc are heading into this week’s election as a united front, and polls suggest they may win seats from centrists that have long dominated the E.U.’s legislative body. Here’s our guide to how the elections work and what’s at stake.
Middle East peace plan: Leading Palestinian business leaders rejected invites to the Trump administration’s planned “economic workshop” in Bahrain next month. The conference was billed as part of a peace plan for the region that focused on revitalizing the economy before addressing political disputes, which many Palestinians dismissed as insulting.
Jamie Oliver: The celebrity chef declared bankruptcy for about two dozen of his restaurants in Britain after struggling with debt and an increasingly saturated market in recent years.
Snapshot: Above, a hiking trail in the village of Stary Smokovec, Slovakia, where our 52 Places columnist found himself alone but happy.
In memoriam: Niki Lauda, the Austrian racecar driver who won three Formula One world championships and was regarded as one of the greatest speedway drivers of all time. He died on Monday at 70.
The shoey: A growing number of celebrities are pouring alcohol into a shoe, chugging it and then wearing the wet shoe for the night — an Australian tradition that is popping up at live concerts and sporting events.
What we’re reading: This article in Aeon. “A historian rewrites the narrative of early America to include a forgotten group: Muslims,” says the briefings editor, Andrea Kannapell.
Now, a break from the news
Go: The choreographer Alexei Ratmansky calls his new production for American Ballet Theater “more than pretty dances.”
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And now for the Back Story on …
Cellphones and weather forecasting
The mobile technology known as 5G is in the news for its promise of superfast smartphone connections, as well as concerns about national security.
But 5G networks may have unintended consequences for meteorology.
The Federal Communications Commission has begun auctioning U.S. rights to radio frequencies for 5G use.
The concern, first raised in an internal memo by a U.S. Navy officer, is that one of the frequencies will interfere with a nearby frequency that is crucial for meteorologists around the world.
It’s water vapor’s natural frequency. Monitoring it yields valuable data that can be fed into weather-modeling programs. Forecasters can’t just switch to another band — there would be no water-vapor data there.
That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.
Chris Stanford helped compile today’s briefing. Mark Josephson, Eleanor Stanford and Kenneth R. Rosen provided the break from the news, and Kendra Pierre-Louis, a climate reporter, wrote today’s Back Story. You can reach the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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