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World politics after the US ban on selling chips to ZTE


China would return to 2G telecom if there were a total ban of selling chips by the Western countries to this developing country, according to an analyst in Hong Kong, because China’s self-developed attainments in this sector still lag behind in terms of decades. It is absolutely correct to say that the ZTE chip crisis … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, January 29, 2018


It was a week of protests in both Hong Kong and South Korea. Neither side of any controversy rose above the fray. For the powers that be, it was PR gone bad. For the masses, it was spitting in the wind. When the governed don’t want the ambitions of the controlling few, the solution is … 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

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 scores dead last in latest Internet freedom survey


China, the world’s most populous country, is used to superlative status. But a global study on Internet usage put the country in an unfamiliar position: last place. The Freedom on the Net 2015 report by American watchdog Freedom House found that even Internet users in Syria, Iran and Cuba had more unfettered online access than … 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

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

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 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 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

How the New York Times is eluding censors in China


The New York Times’ English and Chinese-language websites have been blocked since an October 2012 article about the wealthy family of prime minister Wen Jiabao. But according to employees in the company, outside observers, and mainland Chinese readers, the Times is quietly pursuing a new, aggressive strategy to reach readers in China. Foreign news outlets including the Times … Continue reading

China expanding its GPS to cover entire world with top accuracy


The following is based on translations from Chinese media: China’s GPS system, the Beidou Navigation System (Beidou), now covers only China and its neighbouring areas. Its special characteristic is the capability of message communication between users of the system. Now the Chinese military’s mouthpiece, The PLA Daily, reports that China has just launched the 17th … Continue reading

China connects Spratly Islands to TV and mobile phone networks, so troops will no longer feel lonely


The following is based on translations from Chinese media: China’s qianzhan.com reports that in early March, the islands and reefs occupied by China in the Spratly Islands will  covered by China’s mobile phone and TV networks. That is quite a big investment as those islands and reefs spread over quite a large area. However, it … 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

Yin Xiangfeng, Chief Editor of China Radio International, reveals his plans for Poland


The following interview by Piotr Chodak highlights the growing importance of the relationship between Poland and China: Piotr Chodak: In recent times, we have seen more and more bold moves by the editor of China Radio International in Pland. Frequent updates are made on the Polish-language website and Facebook page. What are the next plans … 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

China Daily Mail makes a mark in the international media


China Daily Mail features a mixture of reposted articles about China, as well as original feature articles and opinions from over sixty contributors. Most of the reposted articles are blocked in parts of China, or the whole country, and these are provided as a service to expats inside China. Some of our most prominent stories, … 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

Man “confesses” in first public trial of China’s rumour crackdown


A popular internet microblogger confessed in court to spreading rumours about the Chinese government, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Friday, in the first public trial since China began cracking down on online rumours last year. Rights advocates say China’s campaign to quash online rumours, which began last summer, is tantamount to crushing free … 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

China bans Battlefield 4 video game; declares it a “threat to national security”


Not content with banning a video game for hurting their feelings, China have banned any mention of the the game whatsoever, even to the extent of banning it in internet searches. There are different kinds of bans in the video game world. There’s the Australian ban, normally thought of as pretty extreme when a game … Continue reading

Fake expat website claims western countries see China in a very positive light


Fake expat website eChinacities, in a pathetic bid to sway the opinions of expats living in China, has published unsubstantiated figures provided by the CCP, which claim that the majority of citizens living in countries known to criticise China, in fact have great admiration for China. Expats in China often rely on expat websites as … Continue reading

China renews press cards for Bloomberg and New York Times reporters


The Chinese government has renewed the press accreditations for journalists from Bloomberg News and several New York Times reporters, a journalists’ group said on Thursday. Foreign journalists from the two media organisations had feared they may have to leave China after the government gave no indication it would grant them their accreditations, a move criticized … 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’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’s grip on China tablet market loosens


Apple’s grip on China’s tablet market has loosened as Asian tech companies increase sales with cheaper Android tablet computers, a market report showed Thursday. Dickie Chang, senior market analyst at research firm IDC, said Apple supplied 28 percent of tablet computers in China during the April-June quarter, down from 49 percent dominance a year earlier. … Continue reading

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