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Chinese Officials to Develop a Custom OS to Replace Windows

China’s decision comes after US President Donald Trump decided to scrutinize trade relations between the two countries due to security concerns

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In the thick of trade tensions between the US and China, Chinese officials have decided to develop a custom operating system (OS) that will replace Windows on computers used by the Chinese military to avoid hacking risks.

The decision, while not been made official through the government’s normal press channels, was reported this month by Canada-based military magazine Kanwa Asian Defence that said that Chinese military officials would not jump from Windows to Linux but instead develop a custom OS, ZDNet reported on Tuesday.

Owing to the Snowden, Shadow Brokers and Vault7 leak cases, China fears the hefty arsenal of hacking tools which are with the US and could get into anything from smart TVs to Linux servers and from routers to common desktop operating systems such as Windows and Mac.

The Chinese government plans to adopt a “security by obscurity” approach and run a custom OS that would make it harder for foreign threats — mainly the US — to spy on Chinese military operations.

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Accurate Map of China. Pixabay

The task of developing the new OS would fall to a new “Internet Security Information Leadership Group” that would answer directly to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the report said.

In the late 90s, North Korea also developed a custom operating system for use inside the country, called “Red Star” OS, which is still alive, but it never became the “only” official OS for government agencies that continued to use Windows, Mac and Linux in parallel.

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China’s decision comes after US President Donald Trump decided to scrutinize trade relations between the two countries due to security concerns.

On May 15, Trump effectively banned Chinese tech major Huawei with a national security order following which Qualcomm, along with Google, Microsoft, Intel and ARM, put restrictions on businesses with Huawei. (IANS)

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Tesla Gets an Approval to Manufacture Cars in China

Starting production by November would be a critical milestone for the automaker if it hopes to continue to increase sales and avoid the high cost of shipping and tariffs, the TechCrunch report added

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

Electric Vehicle (EV) maker Tesla has got an approval to manufacture cars in China and the company is building a $2 billion factory in Shanghai, its first manufacturing unit outside the US, the media has reported.

Tesla plans to build at least 1,000 of its Model 3s each week in the Chinese factory, which could be up and running within weeks, the BBC has reported.

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The new factory will give Elon Musk’s Tesla access to China which is incidentally the world’s largest car market.

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Visitors inspect Tesla electric cars at Brussels Motor Show, Belgium, Jan. 18, 2019. VOA

A Chinese tech site also reported the news and provided a screenshot of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology approved automakers. Tesla is the first automaker listed, according to TechCrunch.

Earlier in July, the EV maker wrote in its quarterly earnings letter to shareholders that Model 3s production was on track to begin at its Shanghai factory by the end of 2019.

Starting production by November would be a critical milestone for the automaker if it hopes to continue to increase sales and avoid the high cost of shipping and tariffs, the TechCrunch report added. (IANS)