The Reading / Listening - Huawei - Level 5

An argument has broken out between China and the USA over the treatment of China's technology giant Huawei. The USA accused Huawei of criminality. It charged Huawei with a list of crimes, including bank fraud, conspiracy to defraud the USA, and theft of trade secrets. The FBI explained the charges at a press conference. It said: "The charges...are the result of years of investigative work conducted by the FBI.... [These] charges expose Huawei's...actions to exploit American companies and financial institutions and to threaten the free and fair global marketplace."



China is angry over the USA's treatment of Huawei. It said the USA was trying to "kill" Chinese businesses. China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement: "For some time now, the United States has deployed its state power to smear and crack down on targeted Chinese companies in an attempt to kill their normal and legal business operations." It urged the US to, "stop its unreasonable crackdown on Chinese companies, including Huawei, and treat Chinese companies objectively and fairly." It said: "China will firmly safeguard the legitimate and proper rights of Chinese companies."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Huawei - Level 4 or  Huawei - Level 6

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/28/business/huawei-us-china-response-intl/index.html
  • https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/chinese-telecom-firm-huawei-indicted-012819
  • https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2184057/huawei-charges-are-us-attempt-smear-chinese-companies-beijing


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. China's technology
  2. a list
  3. conspiracy to
  4. theft of trade
  5. at a press
  6. years of investigative
  7. companies and financial
  8. threaten the free and fair
  1. institutions
  2. secrets
  3. work
  4. global marketplace
  5. of crimes
  6. giant Huawei
  7. conference
  8. defraud the USA

Paragraph 2

  1. the USA's treatment
  2. China's Foreign Ministry
  3. For some
  4. deployed its state
  5. legal business
  6. its unreasonable crackdown
  7. treat Chinese companies
  8. safeguard the legitimate
  1. objectively
  2. power
  3. on Chinese companies
  4. and proper rights
  5. said in a statement
  6. time now
  7. of Huawei
  8. operations

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An argument has (1) ___________________ China and the USA over the treatment of China's technology giant Huawei. The USA accused Huawei of criminality. It charged Huawei with a (2) ___________________, including bank fraud, conspiracy (3) ___________________ USA, and theft of trade secrets. The FBI explained the (4) ___________________ press conference. It said: "The charges...are the (5) ___________________ of investigative work conducted by the FBI.... [These] charges expose Huawei's...actions to exploit American companies and financial institutions and to threaten the free (6) ___________________ marketplace."

China (7) ___________________ the USA's treatment of Huawei. It said the USA was trying to "kill" Chinese businesses. China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement: "For (8) ___________________, the United States has deployed its state power to smear and (9) ___________________ targeted Chinese companies in an attempt to kill their (10) ___________________ business operations." It urged the US to, "stop its unreasonable crackdown on Chinese companies, including Huawei, and treat Chinese companies (11) ___________________." It said: "China will firmly safeguard the legitimate and (12) ___________________ Chinese companies."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AnargumenthasbrokenoutbetweenChinaandtheUSAoverthetreatm
entofChina'stechnologygiantHuawei.TheUSAaccusedHuaweiofcrimi
nality.ItchargedHuaweiwithalistofcrimes,includingbankfraud,consp
iracytodefraudtheUSA,andtheftoftradesecrets.TheFBIexplainedthe
chargesatapressconference.Itsaid:"Thecharges...aretheresultofye
arsofinvestigativeworkconductedbytheFBI....[These]chargesexpos
eHuawei's...actionstoexploitAmericancompaniesandfinancialinstitu
tionsandtothreatenthefreeandfairglobalmarketplace."Chinaisangry
overtheUSA'streatmentofHuawei.ItsaidtheUSAwastryingto"kill"Chi
nesebusinesses.China'sForeignMinistrysaidinastatement:"Forsome
timenow,theUnitedStateshasdeployeditsstatepowertosmearandcra
ckdownontargetedChinesecompaniesinanattempttokilltheirnormal
andlegalbusinessoperations."IturgedtheUSto,"stopitsunreasonable
crackdownonChinesecompanies,includingHuawei,andtreatChinese
companiesobjectivelyandfairly."Itsaid:"Chinawillfirmlysafeguardth
elegitimateandproperrightsofChinesecompanies."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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