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China’s shared bikes as one of the ‘four new inventions’ in foreigners’ eyes


High-speed rails, Alipay, shared bikes and online shopping are China’s new four great ‘inventions’, said a number of foreign youngsters in China, mostly students from the Third World countries, when responding to a survey by the Silk Road Research Institute of Beijing Foreign Studies University. Perhaps, commercially or scientifically speaking, these items are not ‘invented’ … Continue reading

Best way to beat the Great Firewall of China


Restrictions and geo-blocking have become abundant in the world, though some of them are stricter than others. For many tourists it’s always inconvenient to deal with these issues, as they don’t want to be shut off from the world, but they still want to visit certain countries. At the top of the list of closed-off … Continue reading

Twelve talented Polish students honoured by China’s Huawei


Huawei, a global leader in providing the latest information and communication technologies, announced the winners of the third Polish edition of the Seeds for the Future conference during an official ceremony at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw. The Seeds for the Future competition, acting within the framework of Skills Digital, is an international … Continue reading

‘Improving’ US mobile infrastructure may allow Chinese players to join US market


A Huawei executive revealed that it could now possibly collaborate with Tier One US carriers again after regulations on security concerns have eased and improved. However, it is more than and beyond the gradual alterations on the country’s mobile security policies. According to William Plummer, Huawei VP of external affairs for the US market, the … Continue reading

China to have world’s first unbreakable satellite quantum communication network


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: In its report titled “Creation-led industrial development serves national strategy on the 2015 national science and technology award ceremony, China ’s national official TV media CCTV gives limelight to Prof. Pan Jianwei who received the National Natural Science Award (first class) for … Continue reading

Internet giant reddit has declared war on Chinese Internet censorship


Internet giant Reddit may have declared war on the so-called ‘Great Firewall of China,’ which regularly blocks news sites considered ‘unfriendly’ to the Chinese government. In instructions to reddit users about 9 months ago, reddit moderator TheDark1 told users that he fully supported the plagiarism of copyrighted articles from major media publications. This appears to … Continue reading

Great Firewall rising: How China wages its war on the Internet


In April, the police came for Li Gang. It was a visit he had been dreading for almost six months, since he began working on a tool to help Chinese Internet users get around the vast censorship apparatus known as the Great Firewall. Crowded inside his apartment in a northern Chinese city, Li says the … Continue reading

Apple disables news in China rather than censor service


Apple appears to be censoring content already downloaded to customers’ phones when those customers visit mainland China. Rather than complying with the country’s draconian censorship rules by censoring certain content, the company disables the app altogether when it detects that the user is in China. All users see is a blank news feed and the … Continue reading

China to build a $160 billion deep-sea equipment industry in Shanghai, and submerge into Mariana Trench


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: Shanghai plans to make a breakthrough in key deep sea submersible, surveying and exploration technologies by 2020. It is now building a 5000-ton scientific survey master ship, the Zhangqian, and will put it into operation in 2016. It has completed … Continue reading

US says China cyber attacks are ‘unacceptable’ and US will win online confrontation


US President Barack Obama has said that alleged Chinese cyber attacks are “not acceptable”, ahead of a visit from Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Several hacks on US institutions have been blamed on China, including one involving millions of government staff. Mr Obama said the US needed to be more rapid in its response to such … Continue reading

US readies cyber sanctions against China ahead of state visit


The White House is preparing a slate of sanctions it could bring against Chinese enterprises in response to cyberattacks against American businesses, a government official familiar with the process told CNN. The move is a show of force on the issue just a few weeks ahead of a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, … Continue reading

China makes breakthrough in finger vein recognition technology


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: In its primetime news report, CCTV says that in the past there has been a foreign monopoly on finger vein recognition technology. However, they say that China  is now making breakthroughs in this technology that will make China a world leader. Human … Continue reading

Chinese army newspaper calls for military role in Internet culture war


An article published in the People’s Liberation Army Daily, the official newspaper of China’s military—and reprinted in part by Qiushi, the official magazine of the Chinese Communist Party—calls the Internet “the ideological ‘main front’ and ‘the main battlefield’” upon which China must fight an ideological war upon the West to defend itself from the creeping … Continue reading

China to invest $193 billion on Internet networks, but will tightening controls harm creativity and scare investors away?


China’s Internet is a place of often confusing extremes. On the one hand, this week the government announced an investment of nearly $200 billion to boost Internet connection speed with fast optical broadband in major cities and 4G networks in remote rural areas. Yet the vision of a creative new economy is being undermined, some experts … Continue reading

China leads in research for ‘coat of invisibility’ and other ‘super materials’


People are impressed by the coat of invisibility in the fiction movie Harry Potter, but you perhaps do not know that researchers in various countries are making great efforts to develop various super materials including the material to make such coats of invisibility. Mil.huanqiu.com says in its recent report that there are also quite a … Continue reading

This chart explains everything you need to know about Chinese Internet censorship


What goes through a Chinese web user’s head the moment before he or she hits the “publish” button? Pundits, scholars, and everyday netizens have spent years trying to parse the (ever-shifting) rules of the Chinese Internet. Although Chinese authorities have been putting ever more Internet rules and regulations on the books—one famously creates criminal liability … Continue reading

Is China’s new ‘internet plus’ ambition all about new smartphones?


China’s ‘internet plus’ strategy, announced in early March, promised to integrate mobile Internet, cloud computing and big data for manufacturing and promote the development of e-commerce, industrial networks and internet banking. But how would this ambitious plan to transform the country into a digital economy work in practice? Already more than 630 million Chinese use … Continue reading

China completes large nuclear fusion device, says it is catching up with US


The following is based on translations from Chinese media: Nuclear fusion is at the forefront of high technology. It will enable the human race to generate more than enough energy without using fossil fuel However, it is very difficult to control such fusion. As a result, for several decades, scientists always say that we, the … Continue reading

China threatens to shut down Sina news website unless it ‘improves censorship’


China’s government has threatened to shut down Sina, one of the country’s most popular news websites unless it “improves censorship”, state media reported, in a rare public glimpse into controls over the press. The online portal “distorted news facts, violated morality and engaged in media hype”, the official Xinhua news agency on Saturday cited the Cyberspace Administration … Continue reading

China attacking websites across the globe in new censorship offensive


China has expanded its internet censorship efforts beyond its borders with a new strategy that attacks websites across the globe, researchers said.The new strategy, dubbed “Great Cannon,” seeked to shut down websites and services aimed at helping the Chinese circumvent the “Great Firewall,” according to a report by the Citizen Lab at the University of … Continue reading

China wants to recruit 10 million students to “civilise” the Internet, but won’t pay them for their time


China wants to recruit 10 million young people, mostly university students belonging to the Communist Party’s youth wing, to “spread positive energy” on the Internet — in other words, to use social media to praise and defend the government. Web users recently posted a document issued by the China Communist Youth League dated Feb. 13 that … Continue reading

China Ban Hits Google’s Search Ad Share; Baidu Gains


Google’s search-ad revenues are eroding on a global scale in large part because China, one of the world’s fastest-growing markets for information services, has banned the U.S. company’s offerings. Meanwhile, Baidu, which is based in China, is reaping the benefits, a new market survey shows. The report, from research group eMarketer, estimates Google’s share of … Continue reading

Google no longer recognises digital security certificates issued by Chinese government


Search giant Google will no longer recognise security certificates issued by the official China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) following what experts called a “major breach of public trust and confidence”. CNNIC, which is responsible for internet affairs under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, responded to Google’s announcement with a defence of its … Continue reading

Why China won’t eliminate foreign technology by 2020


Late last week, an interesting piece ran in Bloomberg about China’s plans to eliminate foreign technology from government agencies and key industries by 2020, mostly for security reasons. China has already begun pushing in this direction – Windows 8 is banned from government computers, Qualcomm got slammed with a massive anti-trust fine, and Apple products … Continue reading

U.S. coding website GitHub hit with cyberattack, probably by China


A popular U.S. coding website is enduring an onslaught of Internet traffic meant for China’s most popular search engine, and security experts say the episode likely represents an attempt by China to shut down anticensorship tools. The attack on San Francisco-based GitHub Inc., a service used by programmers and major tech firms world-wide to develop … Continue reading

China’s startup scene: the new companies to watch


While everybody focuses on the success of Xiaomi, the Chinese success story of a startup founded in 2010 that sold over 61 million devices in 2014, there’s a growing startup scene that is definitely reshaping the international scenario of the tech industry. Xiaomi is developing its international expansion, mainly focusing on South-East Asia, India and … Continue reading

China’s “world-fastest” supercomputers sit idle and serve no useful purpose


Having endeavoured to become a major technological power and reduce its dependence on the West, China has built the second largest collection of supercomputers after the U.S., including the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Tianhe-2. But it seems a lot of these massive machines, usually made with large government investment, lie idle after they are made, … Continue reading

Cyberwarfare between the US and China visualized


Since the dawn of the internet age, there has been no shortage of stories about hackers, malware-peddling malcontents, online scams and identity theft. Add to that the growing consensus that wars in the future will be fought online through “cyberwarfare divisions”, and you can understand why such positive statements once made about the internet – … Continue reading

China blocks Google services for Tiananmen 25th anniversary


In preparation for the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre (aka. the June 4th Incident), Chinese authorities decided to begin blocking Google. It’s believed that the blockade is tied to this week’s 25th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre where the People’s Liberation Army cracked down on pro-democracy demonstrators. Each year, the Chinese … Continue reading

U.S. accuses China of cyber spying on American companies


A U.S. grand jury has indicted five Chinese military officers on charges of hacking into American companies for information on nuclear plant design, solar manufacturing and other secrets in the toughest action taken by Washington to address cyber spying. China denied the charges, saying they were “made up” and would damage trust between the two … Continue reading

China’s campaign against foreign words


Twice in late April, People’s Daily railed against the incorporation of acronyms and English words in written Chinese. “How much have foreign languages damaged the purity and vitality of the Chinese language?” the Communist Party’s flagship publication asked as it complained of the “zero-translation phenomenon.” So if you write in the world’s most exquisite language—in my opinion, anyway—don’t even … Continue reading

Chinese Internet traffic redirected to small Wyoming house


In one of the more bizarre twists in recent Internet memory, much of the Internet traffic in China was redirected to a small, 1,700-square-foot house in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on Tuesday. A large portion of China’s 500 million Internet users were unable to load websites ending in .com, .net or .org for nearly eight hours in … Continue reading

Pioneering digital marketing in China


The Chinese market is a key target for global luxury brands and export oriented companies focusing on high-end quality products and services. Setting up a marketing strategy could be the hard part of the job, even for brands and companies that are well established in western countries. Chinese customers are increasingly using digital channels and … Continue reading

China claims to have invented world’s first invisibility cloak


Scientists on the mainland say they are increasingly confident of developing the world’s first practical invisibility cloak, using technology to hide objects from view and make them “disappear’’. They already claimed to have made fish and cats disappear. At least 40 research teams have been funded by the central government over the past three years … Continue reading

“The Web Behind The Wall” explains China’s complicated startup industry


“The Web Behind The Wall” is an e-book published by TechNode (TechCrunch‘s partner for next month’s Shanghai event) that wants to be “the #1 resource for foreign tech companies to understand China.” The book is a quick but highly informative read about China’s startup ecosystem, which has proven impenetrable for tech giants like Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Amazon. But … Continue reading

How to defeat the ‘Great Firewall of China’ with an iPhone


Visitors to China are often perplexed to find that they can’t access Twitter, Facebook or other sites. The reason isn’t that they don’t have access to cellular or WiFi networks; instead, it’s state censorship and surveillance courtesy of the Golden Shield Project, aka “The Great Firewall of China.” Roman Loyola at TechHive recently visited Beijing and … Continue reading

Facebook and other banned sites to be accessible in China free trade zone


Facebook, Twitter and other websites deemed sensitive and blocked by the Chinese government will be accessible in a planned free-trade zone (FTZ) in Shanghai, the South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday. Citing unidentified government sources, the Hong Kong newspaper also said authorities would welcome bids from foreign telecoms firms for licences to provide Internet … Continue reading

Cracks appear in the Great Firewall of China


The South China Morning Post exclusively reported Tuesday (24th Sept. 2013) that the Chinese government is to allow a partial hole to be created in what has been dubbed the ‘Great Firewall of China‘. Residents of a specific portion of Shanghai are to be allowed virtually unrestricted access to the internet, including sites that have … Continue reading

Apple’s iPhone problem in China has an answer


It’s been several days since the release of the new, less expensive iPhone 5C, and no one has quite gotten over how expensive it is. It’s a common view that pricing a phone that was supposed to appeal to the Chinese market at $735 in Beijing dooms the entire project from the start. The solution for Apple (AAPL) is to make buying … Continue reading

China launches full-scale internet propaganda war


President Xi Jinping has issued a call to arms against the country’s unruly internet, ordering the Communist Party’s propaganda machine to build “a strong army” to “seize the ground of new media”. Xi’s remarks, made during a national meeting of propaganda chiefs in Beijing last month, came just as the central government was stepping up … Continue reading

China’s Xiaomi’s app market has double downloads of competitors; international success could follow


Xiaomi, the break-out smartphone star of the Greater China market, is receiving lots of attention thanks to the somewhat salacious tale of ex-Android VP Hugo Barra and his recent move to the Chinese company. Xiaomi is looking to sell around 20 million smartphones by the end of 2013, and is doing so well that it’s challenging Samsung, a … Continue reading

Denial-of-service attack shuts down Chinese Internet on Sunday morning


The attack began at 2 a.m. Sunday morning and was followed by a more intense attack at 4 a.m., according to the China Internet Network Information Center, which apologized to affected users in its statement and said it is working to improve its “service capabilities.” The attack, which was aimed at the registry that allows users to … Continue reading

Apple CEO meets Chinese mobile carriers in Beijing


Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is in Beijing this week meeting with China’s largest mobile carriers as the company faces a tougher environment in its second-largest market. Mr. Cook met with China Mobile Ltd. Chairman Xi Guohua on Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the carrier said. Apple’s CEO also met with officials at China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. on Wednesday, a person … Continue reading

China asks US to explain Internet surveillance


China made its first substantive comments on Monday to reports of U.S. surveillance of the Internet, demanding that Washington explain its monitoring programs to the international community. Several nations, including U.S. allies, have reacted angrily to revelations by an ex-CIA employee over a week ago that U.S. authorities had tapped the servers of internet companies … Continue reading

Australian report unclear what China does with hacked data


Cyber espionage is giving China’s intelligence agencies vast amounts of information but it’s unclear what they’re doing with the data or whether it’s useful, a new study says. A paper by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute says the scale of Chinese cyber-operations is vast, with United States President Barack Obama raising it in recent talks … Continue reading

The imperfect cyber storm is coming and it’s not China – Mandiant cyber spying


In a revealing discussion on cyber security at the National Policy Centre in Washington DC, Good Harbor Chief of Staff Emilian Papadopoulos and Richard Bejtlich, Mandiant Chief Security Officer discussed the technical and organisational challenges of defining and meeting threats to national and corporate security. Merely developing consistent definitions across the broad spectrum of networks … Continue reading

China calls US the ‘real hacking empire’ after Pentagon report


China on Wednesday accused the United States of sowing discord between China and its neighbours after the Pentagon said Beijing is using espionage to fuel its military modernisation, branding Washington the “real hacking empire”. The latest salvo came a day after China’s foreign ministry dismissed as groundless a Pentagon report which accused China for the … Continue reading

Baidu – China’s biggest video platform?


Baidu acquires PPS for $370 million and claims it’s now China’s biggest video platform. Well, the rumors are true. Chinese search company Baidu announced May 7, 2013, that it has acquired PPS.tv’s streaming video service for $370 million. This acquisition bolsters Baidu’s video offerings (it already owns iQiyi) and puts it in a position to challenge market leader Youku-Tudou for a bigger share … Continue reading

China’s Baidu makes its own Google Glass “independently”


Chinese search engine giant Baidu was jealous of Google’s interactive glasses, so they decided to create their own. With completely original, independently developed technology, of course. Google Glass is certainly a very interesting product, which is already in the last straight to before going on sale. Not everyone, however, intend to passively watch this project. … Continue reading

Thailand to use China’s GPS system


Thailand has become the first overseas client of BeiDou, China’s home-made satellite navigation network designed to challenge the dominance of the American GPS array. According to the South China Morning Post, China National Radio said a 2 billion yuan (9.5 billion baht) agreement to promote the use of BeiDou in Thailand’s public sector was signed in … Continue reading

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