World Economic Forum

Amid fears of a looming Cold War, Davos ponders a hot peace instead

DAVOS (Switzerland) • Smiling beatifically, Huawei chief executive Ren Zhengfei was a picture of unflappable calm.

This, despite the younger speaker sharing the stage with him, historian and best-selling author Yuval Noah Harari, painting a dystopian vision of a not-so-distant future, presumably powered by the likes of Huawei, that seem designed to be provocative.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 27, 2020, with the headline 'Amid fears of a looming Cold War, Davos ponders a hot peace instead'. Print Edition | Subscribe