Metaverse and NFT gain traction in China despite Beijing’s wariness, as media firm 36kr issues ‘digital collectibles’

Chinese media firm 36kr Holdings gave away 1,124 metaverse-themed digital collectibles at a conference in Shenzhen on Wednesday, in the latest sign of growing interest in digital assets in China despite Beijing’s wariness of non-fungible tokens (NFT) and the ...

Baidu, Pony AI granted China’s first licences to charge passengers for self-driving taxis in Beijing

Two operators including Chinese internet search giant Baidu have been given the green light to start charging passengers to use their autonomous taxis in Beijing. Baidu and Pony AI became the first companies to be granted licences by mainland ...

Baidu, Pony.ai approved for robotaxi services in Beijing

1/2 Baidu's Apollo car with an autonomous driving system, which serves for self-driving taxi services, is seen at the Shougang Industry Park in Beijing, China July 30, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com SHANGHAI, Nov ...

US-China tech war: Beijing calls on Washington to stop further dialogue with Taipei on supply chain resilience, semiconductors

China has urged the United States to stop further official contacts with Taiwanese officials, after representatives from Washington and Taipei held their second annual economic dialogue earlier this week. The call was made by Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao ...

Beijing lectures Alibaba, Baidu cloud units over fraudulent websites amid internet clean-up campaigns

Chinese authorities have summoned and criticised the cloud computing units of technology giants Alibaba Group Holding and Baidu for allowing access to fraudulent websites amid Beijing’s campaign to clean up the internet. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology ...

Li Keqiang meeting with local government heads shows Beijing is on high alert for mounting economic headwinds

A meeting between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and 10 local government heads on Monday shows Beijing is on high alert for mounting headwinds for the world’s second-biggest economy, after the central government promised a new round of supportive measures ...

US-China tech war: Beijing’s semiconductor ambition faces fresh headwinds as Washington adds pressure on SK Hynix

Beijing’s semiconductor self-development drive is facing fresh headwinds after Washington’s move to block South Korean chip firms from moving advanced equipment to China, analysts say. SK Hynix, a South Korean semiconductor giant, had planned to install some of its ...

Beijing’s campaign to ‘discipline’ celebrities expands to what they can do on social media

China’s top internet watchdog has introduced regulations that strictly limit what celebrities, their agents and even fans can do on social media, as Beijing continues its campaign to discipline pop culture and fan clubs. The new measures include a ...

Kuaishou revenue rises 33 per cent in third quarter amid Beijing’s tech crackdown, competition with ByteDance

Kuaishou Technology, operator of China’s second-largest short video platform, announced a 33.4 per cent year-on-year rise in revenue for the third quarter, beating expectations as it grapples with Beijing’s crackdown on internet content this year. Revenue for the Hong ...

Weibo’s plan to go public in Hong Kong shrouded in uncertainty by Beijing’s tough new data regime

Weibo’s plan to sell shares in Hong Kong is clouded by uncertainties stemming from Beijing’s tough new data regulations, says the Chinese social media platform with 250 million daily active users in its listing prospectus, putting a spotlight on ...

China’s e-commerce crackdown: timeline of Beijing’s actions to bring tech giants in line with national policy

China has long been recognised as the world’s biggest e-commerce market, driven by technology giants that helped revolutionise consumer spending behaviour in the second-largest economy behind the United States. The value of these Big Tech companies – led by ...

Beijing Winter Olympics’ legacy may be upholding spirit of participation, not threat of boycotts

Back in 1896, as Baron Pierre de Coubertin worked towards launching the “modern” Olympics in Athens, he faced a major headache. Both France and Germany, still at loggerheads over a decade after the 1870-71 Franco-Prussian War, were adamant they ...

China’s latest fines on Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu show Beijing’s anti-monopoly commitment

The recent decision by China’s antitrust regulator to fine a number of domestic tech giants for misconduct committed years ago shows that Beijing is serious about its anti-monopoly crackdown targeting the internet industry, said an analyst. On Saturday, the ...

Beijing promotes ideal of clean, civilised internet as it seeks increased international cooperation in cyberspace

Chinese authorities are looking to “deepen international cooperation” in cyberspace, while pushing for a “purified internet ecology”, as Beijing continues efforts to develop its ideal of a clean and civilised online environment. That agenda was the focus of the ...

China’s top trade negotiator Liu He meets foreign business dignitary in Beijing for first time in two years

China’s top trade negotiator has publicly hosted a visiting foreign business guest in Beijing for the first time since the pandemic began, amid growing debate over the country’s zero-Covid approach and when the world’s second-largest economy will reopen its ...

China vs video games: why Beijing stopped short of a gaming ban, keeping Tencent and NetEase growing amid crackdown

It has been a wild year for China’s video gaming market. Stocks took a dive in August following an editorial lambasting internet games as “spiritual opium”. Then Beijing placed additional restrictions on the amount of time children can spend ...

China’s top science and technology advisory commission emerges from the dark as Beijing charts future economic course

An advisory report prepared by China’s secretive National Science and Technology Advisory Commission was discussed at a political meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping on Thursday, state news agency Xinhua reported, confirming the influence of a body that is ...

China’s semiconductor talent shortage poses biggest obstacle to Beijing’s chip self-sufficiency ambitions, SMIC founder says

China’s biggest obstacle to achieving self-sufficiency in semiconductors is a chronic shortage of talent in the industry, not the lack of funding, according to the founding father of the country’s chip manufacturing sector. Richard Chang Rugin, founder and former ...

Beijing 2022 organizers promise high-tech, green, safe event

Beijing set a target to hold “high-tech Winter Games” after it won the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Soon after, China’s Ministry of Science and Technology was made the leading party to provide technical support for the ...

Buick’s Cooking Up An Electric Concept To Show Off in Beijing

To the surprise of absolutely no one, it’s an electric SUV concept Buick is continuing its brand revival with a new concept vehicle that’s scheduled to debut at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show in April. The concept, called the Enspire, ...

Beijing tightens Covid-19 entry rules ahead of Olympics

Strict new Covid-19 restrictions come into force in Beijing on Wednesday for visitors to the Chinese capital, requiring negative tests and dramatically cutting domestic flights as the city raises the drawbridge against the coronavirus ahead of the Winter Olympics. ...

Beijing to discuss efforts to clean, control the internet at ‘cyberspace civilisation’ conference

Chinese authorities will discuss efforts to clean and control what people see, hear, read or buy in the world’s biggest internet market at the government-sponsored “China Cyberspace Civilisation” conference in Beijing on Friday. The event, which will take place ...

Bilibili sees better-than-expected revenue in third quarter, defying Beijing’s crackdown on live streaming and gaming

Video-streaming and mobile gaming company Bilibili announced a 61 per cent year-on-year gain in net revenue for the third quarter, beating expectations as it grapples with a tighter regulatory landscape amid Beijing’s crackdown on the digital economy. The Shanghai-based ...

Chinese cryptocurrency media outlets suspend websites as Beijing shows zero tolerance on virtual assets

Popular Chinese cryptocurrency news outlets ChainNews and Odaily have become inaccessible, as Beijing continues its crackdown on the trading and mining of virtual assets. ChainNews tweeted on Monday that its website would suspend service for eight to 10 hours ...

A year of living dangerously: Timeline of Beijing’s crackdown on China’s once high-flying edtech sector

The contrast could not have been more stark. This year’s crackdown on China’s US$70 billion edtech sector followed a jubilant 2020, when firms that developed online courses, homework assistant apps and offline training centres were reaping huge gains during ...

More Chinese cities seek to roll back the sharp edges of tighter real estate policies without incurring Beijing’s wrath

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Hong Kong saw itself as Asia’s data hub, but Beijing’s strict cybersecurity rules threaten that status

Hong Kong’s ambition to become a regional data and innovation hub is threatened by an increasingly complicated web of security data rules and outdated local ones that complicate the flow of data between the two territories, according to experts. ...

Trading begins on new Beijing Stock Exchange

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Reuters, Bloomberg miss out on Beijing stock exchange trading as traders seek live feed from rival data providers

Thomson Reuters Corp and Bloomberg, the two biggest financial data providers, missed out on the excitement of first-day trading in Beijing as China added a new stock exchange to its US$12.4 trillion capital market. Reuters’ Eikon and Bloomberg services ...

Boeing sees Biden, Xi meeting as ‘encouraging sign’ to get 737 MAX back in Beijing’s good graces

Boeing is optimistic that it will soon be logging Chinese orders and deliveries of its 737 MAX after the nation’s regulator signalled it is close to ending a more than 2.5-year grounding of the single-aisle workhorse. “We’re hopeful,” said ...

Beijing Stock Exchange: three quarters of companies debut with gains as China’s newest bourse kicks off trading

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Xpeng Unveils Flying Electric Vehicle Prototype At Beijing Motor Show

It's a bird, it's a plane - no, it's a Kiwigogo!

Black Carbon Aerosols in Beijing, China Become “Slim”

Black carbon (BC) is the product of incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, biofuel, and biomass. By strongly absorbing solar radiation, BC can heat the atmosphere, affect its stability, and further deteriorate air quality. The climatic and environmental effects of BC ...

Strong Evidence That Beijing’s Policies Meet the Criteria for Genocide of the Uyghur People

Uyghur population policies could lead to 4.5 million lives lost by 2040, according to study. A new study out today provides the most compelling evidence to-date that China is deliberately reducing its population of Uyghurs – a Muslim minority ...

Beijing seals off mall, housing compounds over virus outbreak

Beijing authorities have sealed off a mall and locked down several residential compounds over a Covid flare-up, as the latest outbreak spread to the Chinese capital’s central districts. China has largely curbed widespread transmission of the coronavirus through snap ...

Tencent says it has the technology to build the metaverse and Beijing does not oppose the concept

Tencent Holdings, the world’s biggest gaming company and operator of Chinese super app WeChat, officially broke its silence on the red-hot concept of the metaverse, saying it has an abundance of technologies to develop what has been called the ...

Tencent says Beijing likely to support metaverse - as long as it obeys China rules

1/3 Young boys play the game “Honour of Kings” by Tencent, during an event inside a shopping mall in Handan, Hebei province, China August 5, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer SHANGHAI, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Chinese social media giant Tencent Holdings (0700.HK) expects ...

Beijing Winter Olympics: Robots help protect participants against COVID-19

Beijing will host the Winter Olympics next year under unusual circumstances. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizers to come up with new ways to protect people from the virus. And robots are playing a big role. At Wukesong Ice ...

China’s private tutoring guru closes 1,500 of New Oriental schools amid Beijing crackdown

Yu Minhong, a cram school pioneer in China who grew his shabby one-classroom business in Beijing into the New York-listed off-campus tutoring firm New Oriental Education & Technology Group, plans to shut down a large part of his business ...

Early-season snow blankets Beijing, northern China

A woman wearing a mask throws snow in the air during a snow fall in Beijing, China, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. An early-season snowstorm has blanketed much of northern China including the capital Beijing, prompting road closures and flight ...

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