From imitation to innovation: How China became a tech superpower

 

In late October 2017, when I went to visit Kai-Fu Lee, China’s premiere artificial intelligence (AI)-focused venture capitalist, I entered his office complex from the back side of the building. Mistakenly, I took a wrong elevator and, as if tripping through a wormhole, briefly found myself in the Beijing of the past century. Continue reading “From imitation to innovation: How China became a tech superpower”

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Duterte’s push for joint exploration in the South China Sea

by Aaron Jed Rabena / The Strategist / January 31, 2018

From being a frontrunner in pressing China on the South China Sea disputes, the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte is seeking closer relations with China. In his state of the nation address in July last year, Duterte announced that he wants to begin a joint exploration venture with China in the South China Sea, in the area that Philippine government agencies refer to as the ‘West Philippine Sea’. The Chinese hailed the initiative as ‘full of political wisdom’. Continue reading “Duterte’s push for joint exploration in the South China Sea”

China’s tourist numbers to rise this year after record 4.5b trips for 2017, says China think tank

by Jane Li / 25 January 2018/ SCMP

Mainland Chinese tourists made a record 4.53 billion domestic and overseas trips last year, the number equivalent to three times China’s population of 1.38 billion, to top the world list in tourism volume, according to one of China’s top think tanks. Continue reading “China’s tourist numbers to rise this year after record 4.5b trips for 2017, says China think tank”

N. Korean restaurants in China face closure soon

by Yonhap/ January 6, 2018/ The Korean Herald

SHENYANG, China — A large number of North Korean restaurants operating in China are expected to close soon, as the Jan. 9 deadline imposed by Beijing in accordance with the United Nations sanctions nears, sources in China said Saturday. Continue reading “N. Korean restaurants in China face closure soon”

Self-interest shapes China’s policies toward the international order

 by Andrew J Nathan/ 19 December 2017/ EAF

The dramatic increase in Chinese economic, military and soft power since the 1990s has generated rising concern that Beijing seeks to overturn the liberal international order. This US-constructed post-war order consists of a set of norms and institutions that promote free trade and other ‘open’ economic interactions and establish rules-based procedures for settling interstate disputes peacefully. Continue reading “Self-interest shapes China’s policies toward the international order”

Runaway borrowers the new face of China’s personal credit boom

by He Huifeng / 6 December 2017/ Reuters

China’s online lending boom has sent a steady stream of new clients to Guangzhou lawyer Luo Aiping in recent months: the parents and siblings of young men trapped or ruined by usurious debts. Continue reading “Runaway borrowers the new face of China’s personal credit boom”

Malaysia and China: The new ‘lips and teeth’ duo

by CK TAN, Nikkei staff writer / 31 October 2017/ Asia.Nikkei.com

KUALA LUMPUR — China and Malaysia are closer than they have ever been in over four decades of diplomatic relations. And if remarks by the outgoing Chinese ambassador are anything to go by, this may be only the beginning — much to the discomfort of certain critics. Continue reading “Malaysia and China: The new ‘lips and teeth’ duo”

Fears mount over bookseller ‘freed’ by China

25 October 2017/ Channel NewsAsia

HONG KONG: Concern was growing Wednesday (Oct 25) over the whereabouts of dissident publisher Gui Minhai, who failed to contact his family after Chinese authorities said they had released him from detention. Continue reading “Fears mount over bookseller ‘freed’ by China”