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Cadence Column: Asia, July 24, 2017


Conflict in China has become a tech problem. In the Koreas, it’s become an ideological time bomb. They are all connected—technology, economy, communication, and ideology. These become a vicious cycle with no happy ending, at least none in sight. Tech giants like Google, Amazon, and Facebook take turns bossing around governments in the West. China … Continue reading

China compiles its own Wikipedia, but public can’t edit it


It’ll be free. It’ll be uniquely Chinese. It’ll be an online encyclopedia to rival Wikipedia — but without the participation of the public. And don’t expect entries on “Tiananmen Square 1989” or “Falun Gong spiritual group” to come up in your searches, either. Scholars and experts hand-picked by Beijing to work on the project say … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, April 24, 2017


All eyes on Korea means all eyes on China, which means all eyes on Trump. What’s at stake?—not nuclear war, not regional war, not freedom for northern Koreans, but a trade deal with China. At least, that’s the story if you ask the money channels. China is a “gold mine for innovation”, the hope for … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, March 13, 2017


Forget Japanese waters, headlines worry about North Korea and Hawaii. South Korea has their own two cents to add over the assassination of Kim Jong-un’s half brother at Kuala Lumpur International. China says that North Korea and the US are like two trains headed on a collision course. China has a kind of “plan” to … 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

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 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

China to merge aircraft engine producers to make top aircraft engines


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: According to a China Times’ report carried on mil.huanqiu.com, in order to pool all resources for the production of aircraft engines that must catch up with the products of world advanced aircraft engine producers such as CFM international by 2020, … Continue reading

China already violating U.S. cyberagreement


Chinese hacking attempts on American corporate intellectual property have occurred with regularity over the past three weeks, suggesting that China almost immediately began violating its newly minted cyberagreement with the United States, according to a newly published analysis by a cybersecurity company with close ties to the U.S. government. The Irvine, California-based company, CrowdStrike, says … Continue reading

China to invest $78 bn to build 110 nuclear power plants by 2030, will overtake US


China plans to build 110 nuclear power plants by 2030 with an investment of over $78 billion overtaking the US which has 100 such plants amid criticism that Beijing is yet to implement enough measures to develop safety controls in existing projects. China will build six to eight nuclear power plants annually for the next … Continue reading

China has arrested hackers at the request of the US


The Chinese government took unprecedented action by complying with a U.S. request and arresting hackers suspected of stealing secrets from U.S. companies to pass to Chinese state-run companies, the Washington Post reported on Friday. The arrests came in September before Chinese President Xi Jinping went to Washington for talks with U.S. President Barack Obama that … 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

China to explore ‘dark side’ of the moon


China has confirmed it plans to send a spacecraft to land on the moon’s “dark side” before 2020, state media reports — a mission, which, if successful, would make it the first country to do so. The mission will be carried out by the lunar probe Chang’e-4, Zou Yongliao, a scientist at the Chinese Academy … 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 to test fly CZ-V rocket in 2016, in preparation for lunar mission


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: Mil.huanqiu.com says in its report that China successfully conducted an ignition test of the second stage of its new heavy rocket the Changzheng-V (CZ-V), and has thus laid a sound foundation for the integrated drill and successful first flight of … 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

China to build world’s first hybrid fusion-fission reactor before 2030


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: A report on akjunshi.com says the China Academy of Engineering Physics in Sichuan has completed the conception design of the world’s first hybrid fusion–fission reactor. As the institute is in charge of developing China’s nuclear weapons, it must have actual … 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

Outdated mindset is blocking China’s new ideas, say analysts


A leading mainland Chinese inventor-entrepreneur says he may not have surrendered his professorship at an elite university if government policy at the time had allowed him to set up his company while still staying in his post. “If there had been an option, I would have definitely considered it,” Zhong Faping – one of the best-known … Continue reading

China’s homegrown aircraft engines now exceed performance of imported ones


China has always been dependent on imported aircraft engines, which China regards as a bottleneck in its development of advanced aircraft, especially its stealth fighters that require engines better than imported ones. As a result, China has allocated $16 billion special funding for aircraft engine development. Now, China Aviation News says in its report that … 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

China develops large liquid hydrogen refrigeration device for space program, technology previously withheld by other countries


The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: Mil.huanqiu.com reports that China has successfully developed its homegrown large (10 kW grade) liquid hydrogen low temperature refrigeration equipment, a very important device for its space program. The device involves top advanced technology which has been withheld from China by the rest of the world. … 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

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

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

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

“Made in China” nuclear reactors a tough sell in global market; don’t meet international standards


As China signs global deals to export its nuclear power technology, it faces a huge obstacle: it still needs to show it can build and safely operate these reactors at home. Aided by foreign technology acquired during three decades of development, China has the highest number of reactors being built and ambitions to export its … 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

China: Revving up for e-learning market opportunities


The e-learning market has been reshaped by the widespread of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) set up by a large range of top players globally: from the established Ivy League universities to the most daring projects set up by innovative outsiders like Udacity or Khan Academy. Many powerful projects achieved great results in a very … 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

Analysis: Taiwan President Ma may have sold US military tech


In an analysis of publicly-known events, there may be an explanation for the US Military being years late on the Air Defense upgrades of Taiwan‘s Air Force. The decision was made in 2011 when Taiwan’s Air Force could have been doubled for arguably less money. Rather than keeping the older F-16 A/B jets and doubling Taiwan’s Air Force … Continue reading

China condemns US “protectionist methods” over cyber espionage fears


China‘s Commerce Ministry has condemned a $1.1-trillion spending bill passed by the U.S. Congress last week over clauses that limit technological purchases from the Asian giant, saying they clash with the principles of fair trade. The bill, signed by President Barack Obama on Friday, included a cyber-espionage review process for federal purchases of technology from … Continue reading

eChinacities expat website now a propaganda machine


Expat websites have recently been targetted by the CCP as propaganda machines aimed at expats in China. An example is eChinacities. Once an invaluable source of information for expats, the site is now mostly Chinese propaganda, trolls seeking to entrap expats and advertisements for illegal employment. I started working for eChinacities a few years back … 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

“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

China has technology to build VTOL J-20 stealth fighter jet


According to Russian Military-Industry Courier weekly and US Aviation News Weekly speculation, China has obtained from Russia the technology for a VTOL fighter jet, and will probably develop a VTOL version of the J-20 stealth fighter jet. The technology was formerly used in Russia’s Yak-141 VTOL fighter. A prototype of the R-79-300 engine used in … Continue reading

Hacking US secrets, China pushes for drones


For almost two years, hackers based in Shanghai went after one foreign defense contractor after another, at least 20 in all. Their target, according to an American cybersecurity company that monitored the attacks, was the technology behind the United States’ clear lead in military drones. “I believe this is the largest campaign we’ve seen that … Continue reading

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