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”

Three ways users monetize Douyin, TikTok’s Chinese counterpart

Everyone now knows about TikTok, the Gen Z short video app which rose to fame over the past few years. This year has been no different for the app, as it has overtaken Facebook to become the world’s second most downloaded app as people find ways to fill in their free time at home. ManyContinue reading “Three ways users monetize Douyin, TikTok’s Chinese counterpart”

Bank of China representative shares new information on the upcoming digital CNY

A representative of the state-owned Bank of China has spoken to CCTV, China’s main state-owned television network, about China’s upcoming digital CNY. The representative confirmed that pilot tests had begun in several cities in China. She also confirmed commercial institutions would pay a 100% reserve to the central bank to ensure the digital CNY isContinue reading “Bank of China representative shares new information on the upcoming digital CNY”

Unpopular Chinese app enters UN education list

Alibaba-owned DingTalk, an enterprise communication platform much like Slack, was quick to add a “Homeschooling” feature when schools in China did not reopen after Lunar New Year due to COVID-19. According to Alibaba, 50 million students are now using DingTalk’s Homeschooling features, which include live-streamed classes for up to 300 students, online homework, exams, andContinue reading “Unpopular Chinese app enters UN education list”

Healthcare platforms in China provide free healthcare services to millions

As the COVID-19 outbreak has overwhelmed hospitals and installed social distancing, online healthcare services have become sought after. In China, insurance bureaus, the National Health Commission, and the Central Committee, the political body of the party’s top leaders, have all been quick to support such services. Weimai is one of the healthcare platforms integrating localContinue reading “Healthcare platforms in China provide free healthcare services to millions”

Will streaming save or break the film industry?

Cinemas are in a state of uncertainty in China. As of March 21, more than 507 cinemas had reopened in Mainland China after the nation celebrated several days of near-zero cases of COVID-19. In an attempt to jumpstart the industry, cinemas used tactics such as re-releasing popular films like Avengers, Avatar, and Harry Potter. AllContinue reading “Will streaming save or break the film industry?”

The Apple-Google tracking system is being dubbed the “American Health Code” in China. Here’s why that comparison is misleading

On April 10, Apple and Google announced a partnership on a COVID-19 contact tracing technology. Their engineering teams have grouped to create a decentralized contact tracing tool that will help individuals determine whether they have been near someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems together have around threeContinue reading “The Apple-Google tracking system is being dubbed the “American Health Code” in China. Here’s why that comparison is misleading”

Tech in Asia weekly briefing︱April 10th

Welcome to our first weekly briefing. Whereas our other articles follow one theme each week, this weekly article will give you an overview of tech news across the continent. Do you have any ideas about what you would like to see here each week? Please drop us feedback on social media or email us atContinue reading “Tech in Asia weekly briefing︱April 10th”

Is privacy less valued in Asia?

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, some Western media outlets have been quick to dismiss lockdown and surveillance systems used in East and Southeast Asia as measures that never could be deployed or supported in the West. These beliefs are briskly being swept under the rug. Nonetheless, the question remains; why are many countries in East andContinue reading “Is privacy less valued in Asia?”

How mobile tracking has become part of everyday life in China

Although China is where the COVID-19 outbreak begun, as of April resulting in over 80,000 cases and 3,000 deaths, the outbreak there is now mostly under control. China’s success in drastically flattening the curve in just a few weeks, even to the extent of reporting no new cases for several days, is now of muchContinue reading “How mobile tracking has become part of everyday life in China”