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  • The consortium, consisting of 13 media organizations, says the "double criminality" portion of the proceedings will involve only a question of law, and that question will not directly engage Meng's fair trial rights since it does not pertain to her guilt or innocence.

    On Wednesday, China and the US signed the deal in Washington, raising hopes of improvement of trade ties between the two countries hit by the tit-for-tat tariff hikes of nearly half-a-trillion dollars worth of products. The deal was signed by Trump and Chinese Vice Premier and top trade negotiator Liu He at a special ceremony at the White House.

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    However Meng's lawyers maintain that she cannot be turned over to the United States, because in order for that to happen, her offense would have to meet a "double criminality" standard -- meaning it is a crime in both countries.

    China on Tuesday welcomed India's decision to allow telecom major Huawei for 5G trials and hoped that "Chinese companies continue to enjoy open, transparent business environment and level playing field in India for winwin cooperation."

    The decision will enable India to test the promise made by China that it will not open back doors.

    The US has been pressuring its allies and friendly countries, including India, to bar Huawei from 5G deployments, flagging security concerns and citing the company’s alleged proximity to the Chinese government. China has on its part warned India of economic consequences if Huawei was excluded from 5G development and deployments.

    Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said govt had decided to give 5G spectrum for trials to all players.

    While some of China's tech firms are procuring clean energy through rooftop solar installations or via a pilot green power certificate scheme, most have failed to match the commitments made by overseas rivals.

    Experts say the move is part of Huawei's effort to build an alternative to Google's service suite, called Google Media Services (GMS), since there is uncertainty on the use of GMS on Huawei and Honor mobile phones following restrictions announced by the US government earlier this year.

    In a letter to PM, the outfit claimed that there are ample evidence that lead to suspicion of Chinese companies indulging in exfiltrating sensitive information from devices. The govt has indicated that it will not bar any equipment suppliers in the upcoming trials for 5G with Telecom Minister saying airwaves will be allocated to all telecom service providers.

    Vendors argue it’s too late for trials, telcos say India specific use cases are necessary. 5G tials in India were first scheduled for January 2019 but were delayed on modalities such as pricing and tenure. While the US, South Korea and China, among other major countries, are ahead on testing, India has its own set of challenges to address.

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