An international group of researchers — hailing from 10 member countries, including China, Germany, Italy, South Africa, and others, but with the U.S. notably absent — had good reason to celebrate on February 6 in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province.
There, representatives of The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project unveiled the first of several prototypes of what will eventually be a system of over 130 radio telescopes around the world. The telescopes will work in tandem to “conduct transformational science to improve our understanding of the Universe and the laws of fundamental physics, monitoring the sky in unprecedented detail and mapping it hundreds of times faster than any current facility,” according to the SKA’s press release.
The 15-meter-in-diameter prototype in Shijiazhuang, which will now undergo at least six months of testing, Science Magazine reports, and a second prototype will soon be shipped to South Africa for concurrent testing. Both machines are primarily designed by the 54th Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC54), but contain components from many other countries:
- Germany: Precise hardware and electronics.
- Italy: “Design and production of the feed indexer, an electro-mechanical component that will support the various receivers and move them into position to align them with the optics of the dish when required.”
- Canada: “Hardware that digitizes the signals recorded with each of the five receivers.”
- France: Software “expertise to digitize high frequency signals.”
- South Africa: Overall system engineering.
- Stock markets
IPO regulator appointed manager of ‘National Team’ fund / Caixin (paywall)
“China Securities Finance Corp. (CSF), which led the so-called ‘national team’ that propped up share prices after the 2015 China stock market turmoil, is appointing a new helmsman from the country’s top securities watchdog…
….Li’s move will also focus the market’s attention on how the ‘national team,’ a group of entities used by the central bank to move cash into the market, continues to play a role in China’s equity market.”
U.S. stock rout infects Hong Kong, Mainland / Caixin
Toyota’s China crisis / Bloomberg
“The carmaker has neither the models nor the manufacturing capacity.”
- Internet companies
Tencent Report 2018: A short introduction to Asia’s most important and least understood company / TechNode
A useful brief guide to the company behind WeChat and so much more.
- Billionaires and their planes
China’s billionaires will fuel demand for private jets: Gulfstream / Bloomberg
In a separate article, Bloomberg also reports that “HondaJet, the business aircraft developed by Honda Motor Co., sees big prospects in China and Southeast Asia as wealthy individuals seek out the lightweight plane as an efficiency tool.”
- Chinese solar power abroad
China solar supplier grows in India to avoid trade controls / AP