As internet controls in China tighten, privacy and data protection rights slowly make headway

Due to state surveillance and censorship, privacy and data protection rights in China are often assumed to be inexistent. But for private companies, privacy and data protection laws appear to be developing in the direction of European standards. It has taken correcting the worst of abuses to get where they are now, though. Privacy andContinue reading “As internet controls in China tighten, privacy and data protection rights slowly make headway”

Interview: The future of tech investments in China amidst the global uncertainties

Original article: KrASIA Venture capital in China has a short but impressive history. Over the past 15 years, the country has given birth to a third of the world’s unicorns (startups valued at US$1 billion and above). At the same time, the Chinese VC industry has expanded more than ten-fold. By the second quarter ofContinue reading “Interview: The future of tech investments in China amidst the global uncertainties”

Is Tencent the next Nokia? A look behind Tencent’s ruthless censorship of competition and criticism

Tencent cares a lot about its public image – to the extent that it blocks articles criticising its business. Are its censored critics onto something? We take a look at the company’s life-or-death business model. In May, an article published on WeChat criticising Tencent spread on Chinese social media and was soon blocked on allContinue reading “Is Tencent the next Nokia? A look behind Tencent’s ruthless censorship of competition and criticism”

Tech in Asia weekly briefing︱June 2nd

Covering Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, India, and Pakistan.

Health codes could remain in China after the pandemic

A proposal from the government of Hangzhou, a city of over 10 million residents in China and home to Alibaba, could retain health codes after the pandemic to assess lifestyle habits like exercising and medical checkups. Several apps in China can determine how at-risk you are of having COVID-19 through a simple signup process, assigningContinue reading “Health codes could remain in China after the pandemic”

End of an era: China moves into a slower growth phase driven by B2B entrepreneurship

Amid the China-US trade war and calls to curb reliance on Chinese imports in a post-pandemic world, it has become even more critical to understand the domestic economy in China. This article illustrates the significant shift from a high-growth period fuelled by B2C internet startups to a more moderate growth phase led by B2B businesses.Continue reading “End of an era: China moves into a slower growth phase driven by B2B entrepreneurship”

Huawei releases first phones after the Google ban – how are they affected?

Huawei’s latest smartphone, the P40, is out. With an OLED quad curve display, sleek design, stunning camera, and powerful battery, it is an excellent piece of hardware – only one thing, it is missing access to Google Play services. Last year, rising tensions between the US and Huawei led to the decision to force GoogleContinue reading “Huawei releases first phones after the Google ban – how are they affected?”

The employment schemes in China offering an alternative to furloughing and firing

The US Labor Department released a report last week which showed 22 million jobs were lost in April, the worst month on record. As the world expects the greatest recession in a lifetime, we are all thinking about what our economies and job markets may look like after the pandemic is over. China is noContinue reading “The employment schemes in China offering an alternative to furloughing and firing”

Post-pandemic politics would struggle to pull production out of China – here’s why

As of 2018, 28.4% of global manufacturing outputs came from China. That is the same as the US, Germany, France, Italy, and the UK combined. Before the pandemic, the US had already led a gentle push away from Chinese manufacturing, starting with 5G technology. The alternatives have been unimpressive, and few have followed the US’sContinue reading “Post-pandemic politics would struggle to pull production out of China – here’s why”

Condoms top pharmacy sales in Mumbai as Asian condom supply chain bottlenecks

Last week, a survey by online delivery service provider Dunzo, which operates in India’s biggest cities, found that condoms had topped pharmacy sales in Mumbai, India’s largest city. Pregnancy kits and the pill also topped sales in other cities. Elsewhere in India, shopkeepers have reported a 25-35% rise in condom sales, as well as aContinue reading “Condoms top pharmacy sales in Mumbai as Asian condom supply chain bottlenecks”