China's tech regulator says scrutiny of internet industry to deepen as targeted six-month campaign continues

China’s industry regulator plans to deepen scrutiny of the internet industry as it moves into the second half of a six-month campaign launched in July, the agency’s minister told Chinese media, prolonging a crackdown on the technology sector that ...

China lags in important electric car technology despite rare earths advantage, says permanent magnets scientist

Chinese electric carmakers are still lagging behind their foreign rivals in permanent magnet (PM) motor innovation despite the fact that China is the world’s dominant supplier of the rare earth metals required for making them, a top Chinese British ...

Pulled IPOs at Lenovo, Geely Auto test Shanghai Star Market's ‘hard technology' listing criteria

Chinese companies are getting cold feet from stringent stock-listing requirements in Shanghai, after personal-computer maker Lenovo and carmaker Geely Automobile pulled their applications, cooling “home-listing” momentum. The two industry giants, with US$75 billion in combined annual sales and US$2 ...

Huawei spin-off Honor should be blacklisted, says US Senator Marco Rubio in appeal to Biden administration

Republican Senators led by Marco Rubio on Thursday called on the Biden administration to blacklist Honor, a former unit of embattled Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, describing the firm as a threat to national security. In a letter dated Thursday ...

State media questions Futu, Tiger Brokers' ability to meet requirements of China's strict new data protection law

Futu Holdings said it is checking its use of client information after state media questioned the ability of online brokers to handle Chinese investors’ personal data for cross-border trading of stocks. Nasdaq-listed Futu told the South China Morning Post ...

Spreadsheet sharing gruelling hours in China's tech world goes viral as 996 culture persists

Frustrations over gruelling work hours in China’s tech industry have come together in a new online campaign asking employees at some of the country’s most well-known companies to divulge their schedule, as the so-called 996 culture – working 9am ...

TikTok owner ByteDance's valuation reaches US$400 billion in anonymous trades posted online as IPO remains elusive

TikTok owner ByteDance has seen a moderate rise in its valuation in recent months, according to anonymous private equity trades posted online, which comes after the company shelved plans for an initial public offering and founder Zhang Yiming announced ...

Chinese education firm OneSmart faces demands for refunds after closing its off-campus tutoring activities nationwide

New York-listed OneSmart International Education Group has closed all of its off-campus tutoring programmes and learning centres across China, sparking outrage from angry parents who are demanding refunds. Dozens of parents this week protested outside OneSmart’s headquarters in Shanghai’s ...

Intel sets up global video unit in China as it eyes huge volume of data and country's IoT drive

Intel Corporation has established a video business unit with China as its global headquarters, as the US tech giant eyes the country’s broad deployment of cameras and booming volume for video data. The IoT video business unit, established this ...

China faces cybersecurity talent shortage amid push to secure data and develop the digital economy

China is facing a shortage of cybersecurity talent, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), providing an obstacle to the country’s goal of further developing the digital economy in the coming years. There is a severe ...

Self-defeating US tech war represents China's Sputnik moment

China should be thankful for US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo’s frank comments. Instead of hiding behind condescending platitudes, she made explicit America’s agenda to contain China’s technological advancement. US technology sanctions have certainly impeded innovation in China. The question ...

Huawei diversifies business with new focus on ports, data centres, highways, solar industry amid stifling US sanctions

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co has established four new business units to ratchet up its diversification efforts, as its core smartphone and mobile carrier equipment operations around the world struggle under US trade sanctions. The new units are ...

Small semiconductor firms say China's power crunch adding to problems from low capacity and trade war with US

China’s ongoing power shortage is putting a further dent in semiconductor production at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) this year, executives said at the 2021 Yangtze River IC Summit on Monday, exacerbating a global chip shortage stemming from limited ...

Lenovo's China IPO withdrawal leaves investors fuming as they blame founder Liu Chuanzhi for woes

The surprise withdrawal of Lenovo Group’s Shanghai IPO has divided opinion among investors, with analysts saying the move only harms the Chinese personal-computer giant’s deleveraging prospects. Traders in Hong Kong fretted over a 13 per cent slide in Lenovo’s ...

McDonald's offers digital token ‘Big Mac Cube' in Shanghai as fast-food chain ramps up China expansion

McDonald’s China has become the first mainland-based restaurant chain to launch non-fungible tokens (NFT) amid a surge of interest from young consumers in digital retail trends. A limited number of the digital tokens will be given to some company ...

Meituan founder Wang Xing locks down social media posts as China's food delivery giant puts antitrust investigation behind it

Wang Xing, the 42-year-old billionaire founder and chief executive of Meituan, has apparently locked down nearly 18,000 of his social media posts from public view, weeks before the food delivery and on-demand local services giant was slapped with a ...

India minister asks Tesla not to sell China-made electric cars in South Asian nation

India’s Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, said he asked Tesla to avoid selling its China-made cars in the country, ahead of the electric vehicle (EV) maker’s expected entry into the South Asian nation. Tesla should “make ...

Facebook's troubles stir debate over internet control and whether Beijing may have a point in keeping social media giant out

Facebook’s recent service outage and allegations by a whistle-blower that the US social media giant puts “astronomical profits before people” have seen some tech commentators praise Beijing’s tighter grip on the internet, including its ban on many foreign online ...

New China-Korea semiconductor industrial complex starts construction amid Beijing's push for tech self-reliance

The municipal government of Wuxi, a city in eastern Jiangsu province, has partnered with South Korean memory chip giant SK Hynix to develop the China-Korea Integrated Circuit Industrial Park amid Beijing’s push to develop an advanced and self-sufficient semiconductor ...

China's tighter video game restrictions spring a few leaks during country's long holiday as kids seek online fun

About a month after Beijing restricted kids to playing video games only three hours a week, the tougher rules have been put to the test by “Golden Week”, a seven-day holiday following China’s National Day. And the results have ...

China willing to cooperate on digital financial rule making, central bank's Yi Gang says

China is willing to participate in international rule making around the digitalisation of financial services to prevent anticompetitive behaviour and increase data protection for consumers, according to its top central banker. Cooperation is needed to mitigate regulatory arbitrage between ...

Huawei renews effort in mobile payments amid Beijing's moves to boost industry competition

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co, beset by US trade sanctions that have weakened its core smartphone business, has started to ramp up operations of its mobile payments service after acquiring a nationwide licence. This development enhances Huawei’s position, ...

Huawei, ZTE win China Mobile contract for converged 5G and 4G network, leaving out foreign suppliers

Chinese telecoms equipment giants Huawei Technologies Co and ZTE Corp have secured the rights to build the converged 5G and 4G core network for China Mobile, the world’s largest wireless carrier by subscribers, illustrating domestic carriers’ commitment to infrastructure ...

China's mobile network operators to push nationwide roll-out of new 5G messaging service

China’s three major mobile network operators are expected to soon roll out a nationwide 5G messaging service, integrating video, audio and electronic payment functions, that could potentially compete with Tencent Holdings’ ubiquitous, multipurpose super app WeChat. The new service ...

Ant Group, Tencent further open up their mobile payment ecosystems to state-owned UnionPay

China’s two largest mobile payments providers, Alipay and WeChat Pay, are further opening up their ecosystems to state-owned UnionPay, the country’s top bank card clearing service, amid Beijing’s push for Big Tech internet platforms to make their “walled gardens” ...

Chinese AI gets ethical guidelines for the first time, aligning with Beijing's goal of reining in Big Tech

China has revealed its first set of ethical guidelines governing artificial intelligence, placing emphasis on protecting user rights and preventing risks in ways that align with Beijing’s goals of reining in Big Tech’s influence and becoming the global AI ...

As Beijing gets tough on celebrity gossip and gaming, online content providers pin their hopes on ‘knowledge'

Sixty-five-year-old Dai Jianye, with a shock of white hair and speaking in a broad Hubei accent, stands in front of the camera, looking slightly uncomfortable and wondering where to look. “All my classes have been delivered in the classroom ...

China to block ‘core' industrial, telecoms data from leaving the country

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has drawn up new regulation that will prevent crucial industrial and telecommunications data from leaving the country, a move that could significantly impact how multinational corporations operate in the world’s second-largest ...

Zoom and Five9 drop US$14.7 billion merger amid US security review over video-conference app's operations in China

Zoom Video Communications and cloud-based customer service provider Five9 called off their US$14.7 billion merger overnight on Friday, weeks after the US Department of Justice called for a national security review and an influential proxy adviser recommended against the ...

Xiaomi censorship allegations may cloud its global ambitions, other Chinese smartphone vendors' expansion plans

The Lithuanian government’s recommendation that its citizens throw away Chinese smartphones, singling out devices from Xiaomi Corp for their censorship capabilities, raises a red flag for the continued business expansion of these tech companies across Europe, according to analysts. ...

Huawei hires former BBC executive as editor in chief in push to hire more foreign talent amid tensions with UK

Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies Co has appointed former head of BBC news programmes Gavin Allen as its “executive editor in chief”, marking the telecoms equipment maker’s latest high-profile international hire. Allen, who helmed BBC news output for seven ...

Huawei hopes smart hospitals with 5G and AI can offset shrinking smartphone business

A day after Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co, returned to China with a hero’s welcome, the telecoms equipment maker organised a media tour to showcase how its technologies can serve the country‘s health care ...

New game approvals dry up in China as internal memo shows that developers now have many red lines to avoid

The Chinese government has not announced any new licensed video games for August and September, breaking a tradition of monthly approvals, according to information on the website of gaming watchdog the National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA). The halt ...

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei wants to hire more foreign talent to boost firm's research initiatives

Huawei Technologies Co will double down on hiring foreign recruits, especially from the United States, as the Chinese telecommunications giant moves to vitalise its overseas research and development programmes, according to the latest published speech by company founder and ...

China's power supply crisis puts squeeze on Apple's supply chain, electronics manufacturing sector

China’s power restrictions threaten to disrupt production at Apple’s supply chain in the country and the broader domestic electronics manufacturing industry, including semiconductors, ahead of the busy Christmas shopping season. The power shortage, which has turned critical in recent ...

WeChat rolls out elderly ‘Care Mode' as Tencent answers the call for an internet friendlier to China's ageing population

WeChat, the ubiquitous super app operated by Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings, has launched a new “Care Mode” for elderly users that implements larger fonts and other modifications, answering Beijing’s call for tech companies to make their products and ...

Microsoft CEO says company's failed TikTok deal ‘strangest thing I've worked on'

Microsoft Corp chief executive Satya Nadella said the company’s bid last year to acquire the US assets of hit short video-sharing app TikTok was the “strangest thing I’ve ever worked on”. Speaking at the Code Conference in Beverly Hills, ...

China puts greater emphasis on Beijing and Zhongguancun as it looks to burnish tech credentials

Beijing is trying to make itself, and particularly the Zhongguancun area, a global magnet for “technology talent” and a leading destination for technology entrepreneurs to start their businesses, the city’s Communist Party secretary Cai Qi told a forum over ...

Beijing Taxi takes on Didi with Alibaba's AutoNavi mapping service in a challenge to unlicensed ride-hailing

Beijing taxi operators have launched a new ride-hailing service with the help of Alibaba Group Holding that will not challenge the municipal authority’s monopoly on taxi service licensing, setting an example that could be applied in other cities and ...

Smartphone maker Xiaomi engages expert to assess Lithuania claims its handsets contain censorship feature

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp said it is engaging a third-party expert to assess claims from Lithuania’s government that its phones carry a censoring feature. “While we dispute the characterisation of certain findings, we are engaging an independent third-party ...


China seeks more curbs on gaming and live-streaming in 10-year plan on children's development

Chinese tech moguls pledge support for Xi Jinping's ‘common prosperity' drive at the World Internet Conference

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Ant Group microcredit service Huabei feeds vast consumer data to China's central bank

China sees slower R&D growth in 2020 as government spending on science and technology fell amid the Covid-19 pandemic

Zoom faces US security review of US$14.7 billion deal for Five9 over China ties

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Investor reactions to China's Big Tech crackdown smack of double standards

Ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing denies executive Jean Liu is leaving amid Beijing's ongoing cybersecurity probe

China rolls out autonomous driving standards as carmakers work towards making self-driving a reality

China defends sweeping tech crackdown in meeting with Wall Street chiefs

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Amazon closes 3,000 Chinese-brand online stores in campaign against fake reviews

Didi Chuxing's ride-hailing orders fall in August as Beijing's data security investigation starts to bite

China's Big Tech platforms face more responsibility in ‘cyberspace civilisation' push that seeks more online control

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Didi's daily active users plunge 30 pc, Financial Times reports, indicating data probe has dealt heavy blow

Apple's initial iPhone 13 pre-orders in China surpass last year's as market offers fewer premium handsets amid Huawei's decline

TikTok faces probes in EU over transferring data to China and processing children's information

Alibaba consolidates community group buying operations under new Taocaicai brand

China's bitcoin mining crackdown reaches northern province surrounding Beijing

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Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei vows to recruit more global talent as firm seeks to overcome US sanctions

Beijing pushes stricter online content controls, including review by national ‘rumour debunking' mechanism

NetEase said to scale down some game projects amid Beijing's crackdown on video gaming sector

Big Tech competition in China will be reshaped by tearing down ‘walled gardens', a staple of the platform economy

Shanghai summons video gaming companies for a lecture as city follows up on government drive to protect minors

Chinese self-driving firm raises US$300 million from Alibaba, others

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Chip shortage will drag on ‘for some time', Chinese ministry warns, as country looks to boost semiconductor support

Big Tech's ‘walled gardens' start to crack as Tencent vows to follow Beijing's order to unblock links to rivals

China's former central banker blasts venture capital for fanning ‘winner takes all' in digital economy

Xiaomi talks electric vehicles with state-owned carmaker FAW Group as it pursues smart car ambitions

ETF managers frustrated after Kuaishou slump stokes fears that tech IPO fever could sink H-share returns

China antitrust: Anti-corruption watchdog says negative impact on Big Tech will be short-lived

US senators want Tencent-backed Internet of Things firm Tuya sanctioned, calling the Chinese platform a security threat

Controlling hearts and minds: China cracks down on content algorithms to make sure the Communist Party is still boss

Three Chinese chip distributors fined for abnormal price increases as prolonged chip shortage raises costs for carmakers

China's regulators ramp up pressure on Alibaba, Tencent, other major internet firms to protect gig workers' basic rights

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State media warn of ‘huge bubble' in NFT as cryptocurrencies lose steam in China

Podcasting platform Ximalaya shelves planned US IPO as Beijing tech crackdown continues

Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing denies reports of Beijing government-led investment

China phone makers could be squeezed by TSMC and Samsung chip price hikes amid weak consumer demand

Chinese AI firm seeks to stop Apple's iPhone production, sales ahead of new device launch next week

Beijing's Big Tech crackdown kills dreams of quick wealth among China's ambitious young workers

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