Wan Lik Hang

China News 12th April 2021

With lots of talk about new electric vehicles from Apple and the like, our first article this week is about one of China’s leading mobile phone makers, Xiaomi.   The company’s founder gave a press conference recently announcing their plan to build an electric car. 

At the end of last month, Lei Jun (billionaire founder of mobile phone company Xiaomi, stated that he would bet on his reputation and carry out his last entrepreneurial project – building an electric car.

When Xiaomi releases a car, it will represent cutting-edge technology.  Mobile phones and cars have many connected technologies. The Xiaomi car will not disappoint expectations.

At the same time, Lei Jun also mentioned that Xiaomi phone systems will be used in cars and is discussing the smart experience it will bring to consumers.  Why don’t cars now have fresh-air conditioners?  If we are in the north of China, the weather is very dry in winter, why can’t the car be equipped with a humidification function?  Air pollution in many places is very serious, why don’t cars have their own air cleaners?

“Many companies are thinking about how to put these things into cars, and Xiaomi plans to make them into cars.”  Lei Jun continued: “The key point of Xiaomi’s first-generation car is not how many things are included, but how much can be reduced.”

Lei Jun said:

The first car is definitely not a sports car or an RV.  It will be either a small car or an SUV.

Regarding the price, Lei Jun also said that he would listen to the voice of users.  Xiaomi’s first car will be a mid-to-high-end car, with a price ranging from 100,000 to 300,000.

Lei Jun has visited Tesla CEO, Musk, twice to learn from his experience and has successively invested in nearly ten companies in the field of smart electric vehicles.   Early in 2021, Xiaomi began to conduct serious research on car-making. Now it has a team of more than 10,000 engineers. This enables Xiaomi to study further the development of chips, batteries, chassis, motors, and other configurations.

China has built the world’s most complete smart car industry chain from the development and production of key components, to the design and manufacture of complete vehicles, logistics and warehousing.  This also provides fertile ground for Xiaomi.

by Maximalfocus

Although supported by the world’s third-largest mobile phone business, Xiaomi also has a huge existing business to manage.  The environment is right, the time is right, and Xiaomi has its own absolute advantage. Whether Xiaomi can succeed in building a car depends on the core technology, the adaptation of the software and hardware experience to the automotive field, the continuous investment of funds, and of course, the fans.

However, now that Lei Jun has announced it, it means that he is ready.  He said:

We are not speculators in any form, but destiny favours those who are prepared, nothing more.

In the future battlefield full of smoke and mirrors, China’s new energy vehicles are bound to become a key part of the global automobile market.  Who will be the number one player is not yet known, but as Lei Jun said: “It’s time for serious competition.”

Source: tech.ifeng.com.

Our second article returns to the subject of anti-Asian racism in the USA.

On April 6, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian presided over a regular press conference.  A reporter asked a question about The New York Times recently published long article entitled “Intensifying Anti-Asian Violence.”  Since March last year, there have been more than 110 incidents of racial hatred with obvious intent in the United States. In the attacks against Asians, many cases were not included in the statistics because they failed to identify the motive of hatred. A previous report issued by California State University also showed that hate crimes against Asian Americans in the United States have surged by 149% in 2020.  What’s China’s comment on this?

Zhao Lijian: “Reminds me of the cover of an American magazine”

Your question reminds me of the cover of the latest issue of The New Yorker. In this image called ‘Late’, an Asian mother is holding her daughter’s hand while waiting for the train at the subway station, eagerly looking forward to the subway.  Arriving at the station, she looked around cautiously. The daughter standing aside also clung to her mother’s hand, watching other people’s movements. It was an ordinary station sight, but this Asian mother and daughter kept worrying about safety.  That such a scene happened in the United States, is sad.

Zhao Lijian

Zhao Lijian continued that in recent years, hate crimes against Asians and other minorities in the United States have been on the rise, and many tragedies have occurred. Especially since the COVID-19 outbreak, politicians of the previous administration in the United States have made public, xenophobic remarks, spreading false information and racially discriminatory remarks. This approach is irresponsible, and directly leads to racial discrimination and hate crimes against Asians. 

In the United States, racism is a comprehensive, systemic, and a continuous fact. White racists, neo-Nazis, and KKK members publicly use racist slogans to promote white supremacy and incite racial discrimination and hatred.  In the history of the United States, the systematic ethnic cleansing and massacres of Indians have demonstrated countless crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity.  Violent law enforcement actions in the United States have led to frequent deaths of African Americans. 

by James Eades

Racial discrimination in the American workplace is deeply rooted, and social discrimination against ethnic minorities is widespread. 

Zhao Lijian concluded:

The United States should truly fulfil its commitment to protecting human rights, severely crack down on discrimination and hateful violence against minorities including Asian Americans.  It should effectively protect the rights of minorities, so that minorities can get rid of the nightmare of discrimination and hate crimes and no longer live in the fear of violence.

Source: news.ifeng.com.


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