China’s ubiquitous mobile payment is killing cash, now that a scan and a tap to settle bills has become commonplace. The Chinese government has been quick to adopt smartphone-based technology to facilitate and streamline its services, from online enquiries to a host of e-government channels and apps, usually offered on popular...
Billionaire Chinese actress Zhao Wei is likely to play a starring role in a court – this time not in a movie but in real life. That is because more than 270 shareholders will join a class action to seek compensation for their losses in Sunriver, formerly known as Zhejiang...
The repercussions of Washington’s ban on exports of parts to ZTE and business transactions with that Chinese communications heavyweight may push the company to its nadir.    Now it has emerged that, on top of the embargo on exports of chips and hardware, even mobile operating systems – developed by US companies and licensed to ZTE for...
President Donald Trump’s order to deny ZTE access to essential US-made electronic components for telecommunication equipment and mobile phones will certainly stymie the Chinese company. But just as certainly, the move will lead to a tit-for-tat response from China. One obvious reaction would be for China to stop supplying rare-earth...
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) wrapped up live-fire war games in the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday evening, aimed at sending a message to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen – that the Chinese military is a force to be reckoned with if she pushes her pro-independence agenda. Unfortunately, that message may have fallen...
It would seem that the United States’ attempt to revive the quadrilateral security arrangement comprising the US, Australia, Japan and India might have already died. The “celebration” (by anti-China crowds in those four countries) about US President Donald Trump renaming the Asia-Pacific region the “Indo-Pacific” is a sure sign...
China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy conducted a live-fire military exercise in the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday. Though relatively small in scale, the drill highlighted Beijing’s growing military activism across the area. This, coupled with the Asian giant’s rapid naval modernization, makes Taipei’s case for improving its defense capabilities all...
China stands to become the world’s largest market for clean air technology, as key areas of the clean air sector are projected to reach a market size of 20 trillion yuan (US$3.19 trillion) by 2030, The Paper reported. According to the China Clean Air Market Outlook 2030 published by the...
The ban by the Donald Trump administration on exports of chips for use in electronic hardware has come as a wake-up call to Chinese policymakers and gadget makers that, under the facade of the nation’s progress in telecom technologies and manufacturing, giants such as ZTE have a weak underbelly. These Chinese firms...
Wireless charging technology is now very much part of many everyday life: portable devices like smartphones and electric toothbrushes can now recharge their batteries without any direct access to a power source. Now wireless technology may feature a long way from the family home – in space. According to state news agency...