Jan 12, 2019

Huawei fires employee arrested in Poland for espionage

Huawei building in Warsaw, Poland. Photo: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Chinese telecom giant Huawei has fired a local sales director arrested in Poland on charges of spying, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Huawei likely recognized that the arrest would intensify Western scrutiny of the company's relationship with the Chinese government, and said in a statement that the employee's "alleged actions have no relation to the company” in an attempt to distance itself from the incident. Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada last month for violating U.S. sanctions on Iran.

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First look: Trump courts Asian-American vote amid coronavirus

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The president's re-election campaign debuts its "Asian Americans for Trump" initiative in a virtual event tonight, courting a slice of the nation's electorate that has experienced a surge in racism and harassment since the pandemic began.

The big question: How receptive will Asian-American voters be in this moment? Trump has stoked xenophobia by labeling COVID-19 the "Chinese virus" and the "Wuhan virus" and equating Chinatowns in American cities to China itself.

How the U.S. might distribute a coronavirus vaccine

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Now that there are glimmers of hope for a coronavirus vaccine, governments, NGOs and others are hashing out plans for how vaccines could be distributed once they are available — and deciding who will get them first.

Why it matters: Potential game-changer vaccines will be sought after by everyone from global powers to local providers. After securing supplies, part of America's plan is to tap into its military know-how to distribute those COVID-19 vaccines.

Amazon is gaining on shipping giants

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Amazon is emerging as a transportation juggernaut that could threaten carmakers, package delivery firms and even ride-hailing companies.

Why it matters: By building its own logistics ecosystem and investing in promising electric and autonomous vehicle startups, Amazon could lower its shipping costs to the point that partners like UPS become competitors instead.