Daily Archives: August 5, 2019

CPUcoin Launches IEO on Probit Exchange to Accelerate CPU/GPU Power Sharing Economy

CPUcoin’s decentralized solution with built-in customer base enables anyone to earn cryptocurrency with their own devices

SEOUL / SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — (via Blockchain Wire) – CPUcoin, the sharing economy for CPU/GPU power, is excited to announce its upcoming Initial Exchange Offering (“IEO”) of its CPUcoin (CPU) utility token on ProBit Exchange. The first-round offering will begin sharply at 9 AM KST on August 14, 2019. ProBit is a rapidly growing exchange with weekly trading volume exceeding $175 million and over 150 crypto pairs.

CPUcoin is developing the Compute Generation Network, or CGN.  This decentralized Infrastructure-as-a-Service solution drastically reduces cloud infrastructure costs by enabling a new sharing economy for unused CPU/GPU power, and provides end users with up to 4.5X more computational throughput than traditional cloud providers like AWS Lambda.

“ProBit has already secured itself a spot as a top-tier global exchange, and their track record of excellence will help establish a rapid path towards a robust and liquid market for CPUcoin,” said Sean Barger, Managing Director of CPUcoin.

“CPUcoin has a grand vision that is increasingly relevant in this new age of tech. Sean, Barger has assembled a strong team with excellent blockchain and business background as well as proven advisors including Michael Terpin,” said Ronald Chan, Director of Partnerships at Probit Exchange. “400 projects have applied for an IEO on ProBit, and CPUcoin is only the second project to be accepted as a premium project. ProBit is impressed by CPUcoin’s vision, time-tested technology and releases, including their live TestNet. We are very optimistic about the project’s future. The CPUcoin team combines industry expertise and proven backgrounds in entrepreneurship and large-scale multi-billion-dollar infrastructure solutions.”

CPUcoin enables anyone to install its miner client and collect funds for their unused compute time. A new certified utility token, also called CPUcoin, will enable any sized organization to pay as they go.

The Compute Generation Network will launch with a series of strategic partnerships to ensure increased utility of the token and provide growth capacity. For example, the first decentralized service to run on the CGN, Equilibrium MediaRich, currently powers multiple Fortune 500 companies including Walmart, Adidas, Warner Bros, Sony Pictures and The Department of Energy. For capacity, CPUcoin has partnered with QoinPro to offer their 1.2mil accounts the opportunity to earn CPU by installing the CGN miner.

The CGN effectively eliminates the hassles and high expenses associated with provisioning, managing and scaling applications globally. Think of CPUcoin as the “Airbnb” for CPU/GPU compute power and a platform for automatically deploying and scaling Decentralized Services and DApps. As the native currency of the CGN, CPUcoin will be used to pay for all consumption of services, as well as to pay out to the many providers of idle computer time.

IEO Terms

IEO Duration Start Sharp: 14 August 2019 (Wednesday) 9:00 KST to
End: 16 August 2019 (Friday), 07:59 KST
IEO Price USD $0.20 / CPU
Accepted Payment Currencies USDT, BTC, ETH, XRP, PROB
Bonus Structure 30% Bonus for USDT, BTC, ETH, XRP
35% Bonus for PROB
Lock Up Period 45 days post IEO listing
KYC Verification Notice All participants of CPUcoins CPU token sale are required to complete KYC verification for withdrawal of CPUcoins.

Korean users are required to complete KYC level two at ProBit Korea (www.probit.kr). International users are required to complete the entire KYC verification process at ProBit Global (https://www.probit.com) after the IEO.

About CPUcoin
CPUcoin is developing a first-of-its-kind Compute Generation Network (CGN), a unique, flexible, and scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering for a new sharing economy of miners. CPUcoin provides a distributed system for delivering services that power DApps (Decentralized Applications) for both consumers and enterprise-class users. The CGN is a general-purpose ecosystem, uniquely architected to excel in providing services that meet demand in real-time, performing the specialized work needed to generate and deliver vast amounts of content, data analysis, artificial and business intelligence, web and over-the-top data or other content consumed by DApps globally. The CGN ecosystem is exclusively powered by a new utility token called CPU Coin (Ticker symbol: CPU)

About Probit
ProBit Exchange has propelled to the top-100 cryptocurrency exchange on CoinMarketCap through successful IEOs, having done more than 80 rounds of IEOs. ProBit Exchange is built by tech experts and has created a customizable interface for trading.  The exchange boasts order-matching speeds of over 1.5 million orders per second. ProBit was recently rated as one of the top 30 safest exchanges worldwide.

Links 
CPUcoin
CPUcoin: www.cpucoin.io
CPUcoin TestNet: https://dappublisher.mediarich.io/mrm/cgn/cgndash/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cpucoin
Medium: https://medium.com/@CPUcoin
Telegram: https://t.me/mediarichio

Probit Exchange
ProBit Global: www.probit.com
ProBit Korea: www.probit.kr
Probit Kakao: https://open.kakao.com/o/g5wqgX4
Telegram: https://t.me/ProbitEnglish

Media Contact:
cpucoin@transformgroup.com

Synchronoss Drives Digital Transformation for Telkom Indonesia

Telkom Indonesia will partner with Synchronoss Digital Experience Platform to support innovation for new digital consumer and enterprise services

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Aug. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR), a global leader and innovator of cloud, messaging, digital and IoT products, today announced that Telkom Indonesia (IDX: TLKM), Indonesia’s largest telecoms service provider by subscribers, will partner with Synchronoss for Digital Experience Platform (DXP) to simplify its business processes and enhance customer interactions and the customer journey across all communications channels.

Synchronoss DXP allows operators, service providers and other companies to design a unified, interactive customer experience across mobile apps, call centers, in-store point-of-sale interactions and online. Telkom Indonesia can use the platform across all its business units, including consumer and enterprise services, to improve its operational agility and support the expansion of digital services that incorporate new media, content and e-commerce offerings.

Telkom Indonesia will benefit from the DXP platform because of its scalability, flexibility and built-in functionality as well as its:

  • Effortless integration with legacy customer relationship management and complex back-end systems,
  • Easy-to-use, intuitive drag-and-drop dashboard that allows staff without developer or coding experience to easily create, configure and launch end-to-end digital customer journeys across multiple engagement channels,
  • Ability to quickly develop, connect and integrate new digital services with minimal cost and disruption,
  • In-depth data mapping and analytics capabilities that aggregate and analyze customer data to create cross-selling opportunities through customized offers, and
  • Capacity to personalize customer care in real time based on individual preferences.

Glenn Lurie, President and CEO, Synchronoss, said telecom operators worldwide face sustained competition from rival service providers and OTTs, and that Indonesia is no exception.

“The challenge for operators everywhere is firstly, to transform their service models with new digital features and services: and second, to play smarter when it comes to customer engagement. They need to radically overhaul their legacy operations and be more intelligent and responsive to customers. In so doing, they can add extra value, boost subscriber retention and unlock new revenue opportunities,” he said.

Lurie added, “This new relationship with Telkom Indonesia is another important step forward in our strategy to open up important revenue and growth opportunities for Synchronoss in dynamic international markets outside of North America. We look forward to working with Telkom Indonesia to help them realize the potential of their digital capabilities.”

To learn more about the Synchronoss Digital Experience Platform (DXP) and its capabilities, please visit: https://synchronoss.com/products/digital/dxp/.

About Synchronoss Technologies, Inc.

Synchronoss (NASDAQ: SNCR) transforms the way companies create new revenue, reduce costs and delight their subscribers with cloud, messaging, digital and IoT products and platforms supporting hundreds of millions of subscribers across the globe. Synchronoss’ secure, scalable and groundbreaking new technologies, trusted partnerships and talented people change the way TMT customers grow their businesses. For more information, visit us at www.synchronoss.com.

Investors:
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Skybox Security Partners with Zscaler to Transform Legacy Business Access Policy to the Cloud

The Skybox-Zscalaer technical alliance will help organizations create secure and compliant cloud environments across the enterprise

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Skybox® Security, a global leader in cyber risk management, today announced a new partnership with Zscaler to transform business access and user policies from legacy networks to modern cloud architecture, ensuring secure and compliant environments throughout the enterprise.

“Security specialists are challenged with the complexities of implementing a cloud-first strategy for their hybrid environments,” said Skybox Security VP of Products Amrit Williams. “Skybox’s security policy management solutions cut through this complexity by enabling organizations to unify security management across hybrid networks. Skybox is excited to partner with Zscaler to help companies better model cloud-enabled business policies in the Skybox platform, providing customers with enhanced visibility and risk prioritization.”

“Organizations need a seamless way to deliver a consistent and compliant policy on or off network,” said Punit Minocha, SVP of Business and Corporate Development. “Zscaler cloud platform’s fast and secure policy-based access connects the right user to the right service or application. Combined with the Skybox’s security policy management solution, we simplify management and allow customers to transition their access policies to a modern cloud architecture.”

The partnership will deliver a seamless connection between Zscaler’s Cloud Firewall and the Skybox Security Suite. Zscaler policy information is aggregated directly into Skybox® Firewall and Network Assurance modules, and data is incorporated into Skybox’s visual model of hybrid network topology, security controls, assets and vulnerabilities.

Skybox then analyzes the firewalls to ensure they are enforcing desired security policies and proper network segmentation is in place. By analyzing network paths end to end — between and within networks, including cloud and virtual environments — Skybox can provide insight to how Zscaler Cloud Firewalls can provide necessary access while protecting critical assets. Skybox can also help ensure the firewall rules are created according to best practices, meet security policy requirements, don’t expose vulnerable assets, in addition to identify existing, overly permissive rules.

To learn more about the Zscaler-Skybox integration, click here.

About Skybox Security

www.skyboxsecurity.com

Skybox provides the industry’s broadest cybersecurity management platform to address security challenges within large, complex networks. By integrating with more than 130 networking and security technologies, the Skybox® Security Suite provides comprehensive attack surface visibility and the context needed for informed action. Our analytics, automation and intelligence improve the efficiency and performance of security operations in vulnerability and threat management and firewall and security policy management for the world’s largest organizations.

About Zscaler

www.zscaler.com

Zscaler (NASDAQ: ZS) enables the world’s leading organizations to securely transform their networks and applications for a mobile and cloud-first world. Its flagship services, Zscaler Internet Access™ and Zscaler Private Access™, create fast, secure connections between users and applications, regardless of device, location, or network. Zscaler services are 100 percent cloud-delivered and offer the simplicity, enhanced security, and improved user experience that traditional appliances are unable to match. Used in more than 185 countries, Zscaler operates a multi-tenant distributed cloud security platform, protecting thousands of customers from cyberattacks and data loss.

Zscaler™, Zscaler Internet Access™, and Zscaler Private Access™, ZIA™ and ZPA™ are either (i) registered trademarks or service marks or (ii) trademarks or service marks of Zscaler, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Any other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

SKYBOX PR CONTACT INFORMATION

Colleen Nichols
Director of Corporate Communications for Skybox Security
+1 925 383 5539 | colleen.nichols@skyboxsecurity.com

Allison + Partners for Skybox Security
United Kingdom: Daniel Couzens
+44 (0)20 7437 0227 | danielc@allisonpr.com

Germany: Stephanie Thoma
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France: Xavier Delhôme
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Moon Calls for ‘Peace Economy’ With N. Korea, Slams Japan

SEOUL – South Korea’s president on Monday described the country’s escalating trade war with Japan as a wake-up call to revamp its economy and issued a nationalistic call for economic cooperation with North Korea, which he said would allow the Koreas to erase Japan’s economic superiority in “one burst.”

President Moon Jae-in’s comments were made during a meeting with senior aides to discuss Japan’s imposing of trade curbs on South Korea. They came as a surprise as North Korea has raised tensions in recent weeks with tests of new short-range weapons that experts say pose a serious threat to the South Korea’s security.

“The advantage Japan’s economy has over us is the size of its [overall] economy and domestic market. If the South and North could create a peace economy through economic cooperation, we can catch up with Japan’s superiority in one burst,” Moon said during the meeting at Seoul’s presidential Blue House.

“Japan absolutely cannot prevent our economy from taking a leap. Rather, [Japan] will serve as a stimulant that strengthens our determination to become an economic power,” he said.

Some analysts say Moon is getting desperate to find any leverage against Japan, which for decades has maintained a huge trade surplus with South Korea, and they question whether there could be any possible way for Seoul to use inter-Korean relations to boost its position against Tokyo.

Even if inter-Korean economic cooperation is fully resumed after quick progress in nuclear diplomacy � a possibility that looks increasingly unlikely � rebuilding the North’s dismal economy following decades of isolation and policy blunders could be a long and excruciating process.

Moon has described Japan’s moves to downgrade South Korea’s trade status and tighten controls on exports to South Korean manufacturers as a deliberate attempt to damage his country’s export-dependent economy. He has accused Tokyo of weaponizing trade to retaliate over political disputes surrounding the countries’ bitter wartime history.

Tokyo says its measures are based on national security concerns and, without providing specific evidence, has questioned the credibility of South Korea’s export controls on sensitive products. Japanese officials have also claimed that South Korea could not be trusted to faithfully implement sanctions against North Korea and suggested that the South may have allowed sensitive materials to reach the North.

North Korea and Japan didn’t immediately respond to Moon’s comments. The North has been demanding that Seoul turn away from Washington and restart inter-Korean economic projects held back by U.S.-led sanctions against the North. The U.S. has said the sanctions should stay in place until the North takes concrete steps to relinquish its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

The North has significantly reduced its diplomatic activity with the South amid a stalemate in the larger nuclear negotiations with the U.S. It has been ramping up its weapons tests, including two test firings of what it described as a new rocket artillery system last week, while expressing frustration over the slow pace of diplomacy and the continuance of U.S.-South Korea military drills that it sees as an invasion rehearsal.

Choi Kang, a senior analyst at Seoul’s Asan Institute for Policy Studies, said Moon’s comments Monday could create friction with Washington and also send a wrong message to North Korea, which may think that its brinkmanship is working and push further to increase pressure on Seoul.

He said Moon’s comments are “a confession that Seoul doesn’t have many cards in its hands.”

He said it was unclear whether Moon’s suggestion that he could create a breakthrough in the trade row with Japan through inter-Korean relations was be realistic.

Choi also said Moon’s words would strengthen views that the trade dispute between South Korea and Japan may signal a larger geopolitical divergence between the U.S. allies over North Korea and other security issues. He said that may complicate Washington’s efforts to maintain cooperation to deal with the North’s nuclear threat and counter the regional influence of China.

Moon met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un three times last year and the leaders agreed to resume economic cooperation when possible, voicing optimism that international sanctions could end to allow such activity. But the inter-Korean peace process has halted since the collapse of a nuclear summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump in February over disagreements in exchanging sanctions relief and disarmament.

Earlier on Monday, South Korea said it plans to spend 7.8 trillion won ($6.5 billion) over the next seven years to develop technologies for industrial materials and parts as it moves to reduce its dependence on imports. The government will also financially support South Korean companies in mergers and acquisitions of foreign companies and expand tax benefits to lure more international investment, while easing labor and environmental regulations so that local companies could boost their production, the country’s trade ministry said.

South Korea’s plans are aimed at stabilizing the supply of 100 key materials and parts in semiconductors, display screens, automobiles and other major export sectors, where its companies have heavily relied on Japanese imports to produce finished products.

On Friday, Japan’s Cabinet approved the removal of South Korea from a list of countries with preferential trade status, which would require Japanese companies to apply for case-by-case approvals for exports to South Korea of hundreds of items deemed sensitive.

The decision followed a July measure to strengthen controls on certain technology exports to South Korean companies that rely on Japanese materials to produce computer chips and displays used in smartphones and TVs, which are key South Korean export products.

South Korean officials have vowed retaliation, including taking Japan off its own whitelist” of nations receiving preferential treatment in trade. Moon’s office said it will also consider ending its military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan as part of its countermeasures, saying it could be difficult to share sensitive information considering the deterioration of trust between the countries.

Source: Voice of America

Moon Calls for ‘Peace Economy’ With N. Korea, Slams Japan

SEOUL – South Korea’s president on Monday described the country’s escalating trade war with Japan as a wake-up call to revamp its economy and issued a nationalistic call for economic cooperation with North Korea, which he said would allow the Koreas to erase Japan’s economic superiority in “one burst.”

President Moon Jae-in’s comments were made during a meeting with senior aides to discuss Japan’s imposing of trade curbs on South Korea. They came as a surprise as North Korea has raised tensions in recent weeks with tests of new short-range weapons that experts say pose a serious threat to the South Korea’s security.

“The advantage Japan’s economy has over us is the size of its [overall] economy and domestic market. If the South and North could create a peace economy through economic cooperation, we can catch up with Japan’s superiority in one burst,” Moon said during the meeting at Seoul’s presidential Blue House.

“Japan absolutely cannot prevent our economy from taking a leap. Rather, [Japan] will serve as a stimulant that strengthens our determination to become an economic power,” he said.

Some analysts say Moon is getting desperate to find any leverage against Japan, which for decades has maintained a huge trade surplus with South Korea, and they question whether there could be any possible way for Seoul to use inter-Korean relations to boost its position against Tokyo.

Even if inter-Korean economic cooperation is fully resumed after quick progress in nuclear diplomacy � a possibility that looks increasingly unlikely � rebuilding the North’s dismal economy following decades of isolation and policy blunders could be a long and excruciating process.

Moon has described Japan’s moves to downgrade South Korea’s trade status and tighten controls on exports to South Korean manufacturers as a deliberate attempt to damage his country’s export-dependent economy. He has accused Tokyo of weaponizing trade to retaliate over political disputes surrounding the countries’ bitter wartime history.

Tokyo says its measures are based on national security concerns and, without providing specific evidence, has questioned the credibility of South Korea’s export controls on sensitive products. Japanese officials have also claimed that South Korea could not be trusted to faithfully implement sanctions against North Korea and suggested that the South may have allowed sensitive materials to reach the North.

North Korea and Japan didn’t immediately respond to Moon’s comments. The North has been demanding that Seoul turn away from Washington and restart inter-Korean economic projects held back by U.S.-led sanctions against the North. The U.S. has said the sanctions should stay in place until the North takes concrete steps to relinquish its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

The North has significantly reduced its diplomatic activity with the South amid a stalemate in the larger nuclear negotiations with the U.S. It has been ramping up its weapons tests, including two test firings of what it described as a new rocket artillery system last week, while expressing frustration over the slow pace of diplomacy and the continuance of U.S.-South Korea military drills that it sees as an invasion rehearsal.

Choi Kang, a senior analyst at Seoul’s Asan Institute for Policy Studies, said Moon’s comments Monday could create friction with Washington and also send a wrong message to North Korea, which may think that its brinkmanship is working and push further to increase pressure on Seoul.

He said Moon’s comments are “a confession that Seoul doesn’t have many cards in its hands.”

He said it was unclear whether Moon’s suggestion that he could create a breakthrough in the trade row with Japan through inter-Korean relations was be realistic.

Choi also said Moon’s words would strengthen views that the trade dispute between South Korea and Japan may signal a larger geopolitical divergence between the U.S. allies over North Korea and other security issues. He said that may complicate Washington’s efforts to maintain cooperation to deal with the North’s nuclear threat and counter the regional influence of China.

Moon met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un three times last year and the leaders agreed to resume economic cooperation when possible, voicing optimism that international sanctions could end to allow such activity. But the inter-Korean peace process has halted since the collapse of a nuclear summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump in February over disagreements in exchanging sanctions relief and disarmament.

Earlier on Monday, South Korea said it plans to spend 7.8 trillion won ($6.5 billion) over the next seven years to develop technologies for industrial materials and parts as it moves to reduce its dependence on imports. The government will also financially support South Korean companies in mergers and acquisitions of foreign companies and expand tax benefits to lure more international investment, while easing labor and environmental regulations so that local companies could boost their production, the country’s trade ministry said.

South Korea’s plans are aimed at stabilizing the supply of 100 key materials and parts in semiconductors, display screens, automobiles and other major export sectors, where its companies have heavily relied on Japanese imports to produce finished products.

On Friday, Japan’s Cabinet approved the removal of South Korea from a list of countries with preferential trade status, which would require Japanese companies to apply for case-by-case approvals for exports to South Korea of hundreds of items deemed sensitive.

The decision followed a July measure to strengthen controls on certain technology exports to South Korean companies that rely on Japanese materials to produce computer chips and displays used in smartphones and TVs, which are key South Korean export products.

South Korean officials have vowed retaliation, including taking Japan off its own whitelist” of nations receiving preferential treatment in trade. Moon’s office said it will also consider ending its military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan as part of its countermeasures, saying it could be difficult to share sensitive information considering the deterioration of trust between the countries.

Source: Voice of America

3 Reasons China Cut Permits for Tourists Going to Taiwan

TAIPEI – China’s decision last week to stop issuing permits for independent tourists to Taiwan applies new economic pressure to their already strained relations, and analysts see three underlying reasons behind Beijing’s move.

Beijing’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism cited the current mainland China-Taiwan relations as cause to stop permitting indie travelers after about a decade. China regards self-ruled Taiwan as part of its territory rather than a state, but Taiwan prefers at least today’s level autonomy over the Chinese goal of unification. That schism has caused the two sides to chafe for 70 years.

Here are three reasons China cut off travel permits:

Taiwan’s president opposes China despite earlier pressure to get along

Suspending the travel permits lets China remind Taiwan of its economic clout, some analysts say.

The permit shutdown ends a process that generated on average more than 82,000 arrivals per month last year, which boosted the island’s service economy.

Since 2016, China has flown military aircraft near Taiwan and persuaded five Taiwanese diplomatic allies to switch their allegiance from Taipei to Beijing. The Communist leadership hopes to pressure Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s government to bargain with China as her predecessor did � on the condition that acknowledges both sides are considered part of the same country.

Despite the military and diplomatic pressure, the government in Taipei openly opposes rule by China. Tsai in January condemned the one country, two systems idea that Chinese President Xi Jinping had proposed then as a way to rule Taiwan.

China is more than furious that Tsai openly backs anti-Beijing protesters who have taken to the streets in Hong Kong since June, said Sean King, vice president of the Park Strategies political consultancy in New York.

China upped its warnings by calling off Taiwan-bound independent travel, said Liang Kuo-yuan, president of the Taipei research organization Polaris Research Institute.

The headline news will create some psychological effects, Liang said. I believe their motivation should be that mainland China wants to say ‘as well as using military threats we can also hold you back economically.’

Taiwan’s president faces a tough reelection bid in 2020

China hopes the tourism suspension will remind Taiwanese that there are riches to be had if they reject Tsai’s reelection bid in January, King said.

Tsai is running against Han Kuo-yu, a mayor who supports opening talks with China to bolster economic and investment ties. His party, when in power from 2008 to 2016, accepted Beijing’s condition that each side see itself as part of China for negotiation purposes. The two governments inked 23 deals.

Tsai rejects the one-China condition, and China cut off talks after she took office.

China hopes the cut in travel permits will addle the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, said Yun Sun, East Asia Program senior associate at the Stimson Center think tank in Washington.

Hotels near tourist hotspots will take the biggest hit from the loss of self-guided tourists, though many had expected business to taper due to the decline in political relations, said Peter Lin, chief executive officer of the Topology Travel Agency in Taipei. Losses from the travel suspension are estimated at about $1 billion per year.

The Chinese do want to show that DPP [Democratic Progressive Party] is not doing good things and want to punish the DPP, Sun said. They want to squeeze the election, and tourism is a very convenient channel. The tourism industry in Taiwan will be hit pretty hard.

Chinese tourists would get close to Taiwan’s political heat

China’s official television network said on its Weibo social media website Wednesday that independent travel permits had been suspended because of increasing risks for travelers before the election.

Beijing frets about its tourists being drawn to Taiwan’s democratic institutions including its unfettered mass media, King said. Relations with China are shaping up as a core presidential campaign issue with daily media coverage.

There’s the incidental bonus for Beijing of having fewer of its citizens exposed to the island’s vigorously open political culture, King said. This fact cannot be overlooked, especially given the protests in Hong Kong, uncensored coverage of which mainland visitors get to see on their Taiwan hotel television screens.

Source: Voice of America