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05.05.16

Alibaba

Duncan Clark
In just a decade and half, Jack Ma, a man from modest beginnings who started out as an English teacher, founded and built Alibaba into one of the world’s largest companies, an e-commerce empire on which hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers depend. Alibaba’s $25 billion IPO in 2014 was the largest global IPO ever. A Rockefeller of his age who is courted by CEOs and Presidents around the world, Jack is an icon for China’s booming private sector and the gatekeeper to hundreds of millions of middle class consumers.Duncan Clark first met Jack in 1999 in the small apartment where Jack founded Alibaba. Granted unprecedented access to a wealth of new material, including exclusive interviews, Clark draws on his own experience as an early adviser to Alibaba and two decades in China chronicling the Internet’s impact on the country to create an authoritative, compelling narrative account of Alibaba’s rise.How did Jack overcome his humble origins and early failures to achieve massive success with Alibaba? How did he outsmart rival entrepreneurs from China and Silicon Valley? Can Alibaba maintain its 80 percent market share? As it forges ahead into finance and entertainment, are there limits to Alibaba’s ambitions? How does the Chinese government view its rise? Will Alibaba expand further overseas, including in the U.S.? Clark tells Alibaba’s tale in the context of China’s momentous economic and social changes, illuminating an unlikely corporate titan as never before. —HarperCollins{chop}

Meet China's RoboCop: The Robot Police Officer Who Doesn't Tire—or Second-Guess Commands

Stephen Chen
South China Morning Post
Defence researchers have developed AnBot, a robot that can seize suspects and deliver shocks.

The New Qualification for China’s Tech Elite: Goldman Sachs

Wei Gu
Wall Street Journal
Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial set to hire banker Douglas Feagin, latest in a string of Goldman alumni at Chinese Internet firms.

Apple No Longer Has Exclusive Rights to The "iPhone" Name in China

Zheping Huang
Quartz
Apple lost a trademark suit against a Chinese company, which now has right to make and sell leather products branded “IPHONE.”

Baidu, China's Version of Google, Is "Evil," a Growing Number of Users Say

Zheping Huang
Quartz
A Chinese college student recently died of cancer after receiving questionable treatment from a hospital advertised on Baidu.

China Wants to Own Small Stake in Web Firms

Li Yuan
Wall Street Journal
The Chinese government’s control over the Internet could get even tighter, with regulators floating a proposal for the state to take 1% stakes in major Chinese Internet.

China Sales Slide Eats Into Apple Revenue

Eva Dou
Wall Street Journal
Revenue from Greater China fell $4.3 billion, but iPhone sales in India picked up.

Taking on Tesla: China's Jia Yueting Aims to Outmuscle Musk

Norihiko Shirouzu and Paul Lienert
Reuters
Tomorrow's cars will be all-electric, self-driving, connected to high-speed communications networks...and free...

Baidu Head of Comms and China Tech Figure Kaiser Kuo Is Leaving the Firm to Return to the U.S.

Jon Russel and Catherine Shu
TechCrunch
Formerly a journalist with Red Herring and China Now, Kuo is a high-profile figure in China’s tech scene.

Apple Refused China Request for Source Code in Last Two Years: Lawyer

Dustin Volz
Reuters
The congressional testimony highlighted an issue: how much private technology companies should cooperate with governments?

China Drone Maker Says It May Share Data With State

Paul Mozur
New York Times
What should be done with the information those drones gather?

Supertall 101

Roman Mars
99% Invisible
Starting in the late 1990s, the government of Taipei began looking into how they could turn global attention to their city, the capital of the small island of Taiwan.The initial idea was to create two 66-story...

Millennials Shake Up China’s Tech Cultures

Li Yuan
Wall Street Journal
Companies find that traditional approaches don’t work for younger employees.

China Says Tech Firms Pledge to Counter Online Terror Activities

Ben Blanchard
Reuters
Twenty-five companies, including Tencent, Alibaba, and Baidu, have signed on the help the government.

Caixin Media

04.12.16

Chinese Telecoms Gear Maker ZTE Fighting U.S. Export Ban

The second-largest maker of telecoms gear in China is scrambling to get off a U.S. export blacklist that threatens to dry up supplies of critical components.“The investigations are still in progress, and may result in criminal and civil liabilities...

No April Fooling Please, We’re Chinese

Austin Ramzy
New York Times
Chinese state news agency Xinhua warned against people using “Fools’ Day” to start or spread rumors online.

Why China's Tech Players Are Set to Dominate

Geoff Cutmore and Saheli Roy Choudhury
Data from International Data Corporation (IDC) showed that Huawei, Xiaomi and Lenovo were among the top five global smartphone makers.

On Social Media in China, Size 0 Doesn’t Make the Cut

Didi Kirsten Tatlow
New York Times
Women—and some men—are boasting that they are paper thin by posting photographs of their waists behind a vertical piece of A4 paper.

Messaging App WeChat Is Becoming a Mobile Payment Giant in China

Jon Russell
TechCrunch
Tencent said today that it banked over RMB300 million ($46 million) from bank transfer fees from WeChatPay.

China Minister Warns on Subsidies As Uber, Didi Battle

Agence France-Presse
Ride-booking services have threatened the old-style taxi sector and contributed to cab drivers' protests...

Conversation

03.11.16

Is China Doing Enough for the Environment?

Deborah Seligsohn, Angel Hsu & more
This week, at their biggest annual session in Beijing, Chinese lawmakers are expected to ratify the country’s 13th Five-Year Plan, which contains many new measures to address rampant pollution of the country’s air, soil, and water. Will the plan be...

China Has Unblocked Internet Searches That Refer to Kim Jong-Un as a ‘Pig’

Rishi Iyengar
Time
Experts say it may be a sign of China's displeasure with Kim's nuclear buildup...

China Cracks Down on VPNs During Political Meetings

Eva Dou
Wall Street Journal
The Great Firewall is fluid, and restrictions get stricter or looser based on political needs.

Possible Radar Suggests Beijing Wants ‘Effective Control’ in South China Sea

Michael Forsythe
New York Times
China may be building series of radar facilities on artificial islands, which would help it to establish “effective control” over sea and air.

Apple Encryption Case Risks Influencing Russia and China, Privacy Experts Say

Spencer Ackerman
Guardian
Analysts and lawmakers warn FBI that ramifications over its demand that Apple unlock San Bernardino killer’s iPhone ‘could snowball around the world’

Green Space

02.16.16

Gorging on Gadgets

Michael Zhao
Documentary filmmaker Sue Williams is finishing up her latest documentary about our beloved electronic gadgets, Death By Design. I was involved in the project and traveled with Williams to south China’s Guangdong province, to the the town of Guiyu,...

Conversation

02.09.16

What New Approach Should the U.S. and China Take to North Korea?

John Delury, Seong-Hyon Lee & more
On Sunday, North Korea launched a long range rocket many see as a test of its capability to launch a missile attack against the U.S., defying both American and Chinese pressure not do so. Republican U.S. presidential candidates argued Washington...

Traditional Red Envelopes Are Going Digital Thanks To China’s Largest Internet Companies

Catherine Shu
TechCrunch
This year, Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent are all offering their own version of online red envelopes.

China Offers Rewards for Online 'Terrorist' Tip-offs

Brenda Goh
Channel NewsAsia
China has pledged to reward people who report online terrorist content up to 100,000 yuan for each tip off.

Beauty and the East: China's Plastic Surgery Boom

Laurie Burkitt
Wall Street Journal
China’s social media and selfie obsessions are creating a new vanity craze and a market for cosmetic surgery.

Growing Concern in U.S. Over China’s Drive to Make Chips

Paul Mozur and Jane Perlez
New York Times
U.S. officials blocked the proposed purchase for $2.9 billion of a controlling stake in a unit of the Dutch electronics company Philips by Chinese investors.

In ‘Communist’ China, Alibaba is Training People to Shop Online

Davey Alba
Wired
One strategy Alibaba has for trying to stem the economic slowdown is to make sure as many of China’s 1.3 billion people as possible can shop online.

See Stunning Moon Photos from China's Lunar Lander

Michael Greshko
National Geographic
The Chang'e-3 lander discovered a new type of moon rock—and took thousands of high-res photos in the process...

China Sends 6,000 Police to Quell New Year Train Station Chaos

Tom Philips
Guardian
Tens of thousands still waiting for transport at Guangzhou main rail depot.

The Social Media Search for Stolen Children in China

BBC
Hundreds of thousands of people are turning to social media in an attempt to find their missing children.

China's Nearly 700 Million Internet Users Are Hot For Online Finance

Melanie Lee
Forbes
According to data from the China Internet Network Center, in 2015, online trading in stocks and online payment were hot areas of growth.

Infographics

01.21.16

Visualizing China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign

“Catching Tigers and Flies” is ChinaFile’s new interactive tool for tracking and, we hope, better understanding the massive campaign against corruption that China’s President, Xi Jinping, launched shortly after he came to power in late 2012. It is designed to give users a sense of the scope and character of the anti-corruption campaign by graphically rendering information about nearly 1,500 of its targets whose cases have been publicly announced in official Chinese sources.

Dictatorship and Democracy, What China's Moviegoers are Learning From Star Wars

Zheping Huang
Quartz
A Galaxy far, far away has finally arrived in the Middle Kingdom. 

Environment

01.11.16

Chinese Cities Most at Risk from Rising Sea Levels

from chinadialogue
A study by Climate Central, a non-profit news organization focusing on climate science, showed that 12 other nations have more than 10 million people living on land that would be destroyed should the earth’s temperature rise to 4 degrees Celsius.As...

Chinese Stock Plunge Forces a Trading Halt, and Global Markets Shudder

Keith Bradsher and Amie Tsang
New York Times
The aftershocks carried over to Europe and the United States, where markets fell sharply once again.

Media

01.07.16

Assessing China’s Plan to Build Internet Power

Scott D. Livingston
When the Chinese Communist Party targeted clean energy in its 11th Five Year Plan (2006-2010), the resulting investment spree upended the global clean energy market almost overnight. Now, as China approaches its 13th Five Year Plan, a new policy...

Media

01.05.16

China’s Top 5 Censored Posts in 2015

Louisa Lim
Chinese President Xi Jinping rounded off 2015 by posting his first message on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, in the form of a new year’s greeting to the People’s Liberation Army. His post received 52,000 comments, mostly fawning messages of...

China's Wanda Acquiring Controlling Stake in Legendary Entertainment

Patrick Brzesk and Borys Kit
Hollywood Reporter
Wanda aims to be a global entertainment giant, buying the No. 2 U.S. cinema chain AMC for $2.6B in 2012.

Dow Plunges After Rout in Chinese Market

Dan Strumpf and Christopher Whittall
Wall Street Journal
Weak economic data in China spurs global selloff, while Shanghai Composite declines nearly 7%.

China Selloff Sparks Gloomy 2016 Start for Stocks

Herbert Lash
Reuters
A 7 percent slide in Chinese shares, sparked by weak economic data, rekindled worries over global growth on day one of 2016 trading.

Greece-Sized China Outflows Highlight Policy Maker Challenge

Enda Curran
Bloomberg
Investors are rushing money out of China as yuan weakens to lowest point since August.

Is CES Still Relevant?

Tim Bajarin
Re/code
[T]he CES show is international, and it embraces companies from all over the world. But make no mistake, the Chinese have arrived, and they plan to disrupt the traditional CE players as much as possible and take market share away from them fast.

China Passes Controversial Anti-terrorism Law to Access Encrypted User Accounts

Dante D'Orazio...
Verge
The new rules state that telecom operators and internet service providers must "provide technical support and assistance, including decryption" to Chinese authorities to help prevent and investigate terrorist activities...

China: Scaling The World’s Highest Innovation Peaks

Vikram Jandhyala
TechCrunch
The word “innovation” was mentioned 71 times in a communiqué after the Chinese Communist Party’s recent plenary meeting. 

Chinese Official Vows Punishment Over Shenzhen Landslide

Chris Buckley
New York Times
Ma Xingrui expressed remorse during a televised news conference five days after dirt and waste smothered buildings and buried 75 people.

China and Russia’s Orwellian attacks on Internet freedom

The Editorial Board
Washington Post
Xi Jinping’s recent speech suggests that China won’t give up nudging global Internet governance toward the “sovereignty” model.

Use by Iraqi Military May Be a Boon for China-Made Drones

PATRICK BOEHLER and GERRY DOYLE
New York Times
Soldiers used the Chinese drone on Dec. 6 to destroy an ISIS position amid efforts to retake the city of Ramadi.

Books

12.10.15

Pacific

Simon Winchester
Following his acclaimed Atlantic and The Men Who United the States, New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester offers an enthralling biography of the Pacific Ocean and its role in the modern world, exploring our relationship with this imposing force of nature.As the Mediterranean shaped the classical world, and the Atlantic connected Europe to the New World, the Pacific Ocean defines our tomorrow. With China on the rise, so, too, are the American cities of the West coast, including Seattle, San Francisco, and the long cluster of towns down the Silicon Valley.Today, the Pacific is ascendant. Its geological history has long transformed us—tremendous earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis—but its human history, from a Western perspective, is quite young, beginning with Magellan’s sixteenth-century circumnavigation. It is a natural wonder whose most fascinating history is currently being made.In telling the story of the Pacific, Simon Winchester takes us from the Bering Strait to Cape Horn, the Yangtze River to the Panama Canal, and to the many small islands and archipelagos that lie in between. He observes the fall of a dictator in Manila, visits aboriginals in northern Queensland, and is jailed in Tierra del Fuego, the land at the end of the world. His journey encompasses a trip down the Alaska Highway, a stop at the isolated Pitcairn Islands, and a trek across South Korea and a glimpse of its mysterious northern neighbor.Winchester’s personal experience is vast and his storytelling second to none. And his historical understanding of the region is formidable, making Pacific a paean to this magnificent sea of beauty, myth, and imagination that is transforming our lives. —HarperCollins{chop}

Conversation

12.09.15

Is China a Leader or Laggard on Climate Change?

Isabel Hilton, Li Shuo & more
As ongoing climate talks wind down at COP21 this week, participants in and observers of the summit in Paris wrote in to share their assessment of the message coming from the official delegation from China, currently the world’s largest emitter of...

Luis Ho Pushes China Into World Astronomy Club

New York Times
Luis Ho, 48, is the director of the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics and a professor at Peking University in Beijing.

Top 10 China Dependent Countries

Kenneth Rapoza
Forbes
A list of the top 10 countries exporting to China and the year-to-date performance of their corresponding exchange traded funds.

Beware of China's Safety Record

Murong Xuecun
New York Times
Chinese people have paid heavily for a flawed system. Now that Chinese-style construction and management are going global, what price is the world prepared to pay?

Media

11.27.15

‘Personal Media’ in China Takes a Hit From Pre-Publication Censorship

Hu Yong
Observers have long thought that Chinese authorities censor the media depending on type: the censorship of traditional media is primarily conducted in advance, with a thorough inspection of news and discussion before publication; new media, in...

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