China’s tech news
January 2023 round-up
China’s tech news headlines in January of 2023 covered issues and subject areas including tech moves in the Arab world, the government’s ongoing pressure on China’s tech sector, offline payments for the ‘digital yuan’ initiative, ongoing challenges internationally for China’s surveillance tech companies, and more.
Hit the links below to read the article behind each China tech news headline, online and in full.
And for our other editions, spanning daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly updates on Asia’s technology spaces, here’s an outline.
- State-run China Digital Asset Trading Platform launch ceremony set for January 1st, running on the ‘China Cultural Protection Chain’ blockchain
- China: TechCrunch takes a look at how the country’s tech firms are developing competitors to Stable Diffusion and DALL-E 2, and the difficulties and challenges they face
- ICYMI: Huawei inaugurated the first edition of the Huawei Cloud Startup Program, building on recent Saudi Arabia MOU
- China: BYD electric car major has ordered its own auto transport ships, potentially to become a fully-fledged shipping logistics services provider
- China: Dell computer giant signals intent to stop using China-made chips by 2024, telling suppliers to significantly reduce amount of other ‘made in China’ components
- China: Haomo unveils Mana Oasia, the country’s largest self-driving computing center to date, in partnership with Volcano Engine cloud service platform owned by ByteDance
- China: Galactic Energy rocket startup launched 5 satellites into orbit for ‘telecommunication, weather forecasts and scientific research for government agencies’, with sights on being China’s SpaceX
TikTok’s baseline advantage: “…1000 impressions from video advertising on TikTok is almost half the price of Instagram Reels, a third cheaper than Twitter and 62% cheaper than advertising on Snapchat.”
- China: Alibaba-owned Alipay partners Splitit Payments for BNPL ‘Pay After Delivery’ option for European AliExpress marketplace shoppers
- Need To Know Now, Jan 17th: Population, tech, currency, data & influence
- China: Gov’t is to launch its own transportation platform offering ride-hailing and flight services, seen as part of increasing moves to tighten control on the country’s tech sector
- China: Digital Yuan reportedly used to buy securities for the first time
- China: Central Bank enables offline payments for digital yuan, allowing Android users to make payments even if the device has no power or internet connection
- China: Tianjin Port Group and Huawei deepen cooperation with digital twin project to boost automation and digitization in global top-10 shipping port
- China’s Geely planning investment in maker of London’s iconic black taxis, aiming for all-electric brand spanning range of commercial and passenger vehicles
“Telegram markets itself as secure messenger app to communicate outside of authoritarian regime surveillance. The results that some data is being sent to Huawei makes us question Telegram as a safe application…”
- Porsche China unveils first digital collectibles series, the 911-Dreamer collection, in a limited run of 996 pieces
- China: Voice Health Tech AI firm partners researchers around speech analysis in depression screening, using 30 seconds of speech submitted via smartphone
- US gov’t ceases providing US firms with licences to export to China’s Huawei, moving closer to a total ban on the sale of US technology to the Chinese telecom equipment giant
- Safe City Malta project apparently discontinued with Huawei contract expiry, and Maltese state-owned implementation firm dissolved
- China: Researchers’ paper claiming to have found a way to break encryption using quantum computers? Debunked.
TikTok’s woes continue: “… only took 75 minutes of scrolling — with no interaction or cues about her interests — for the platform to serve Alice videos featuring Nazi content…”
- Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology to commence operation of Thailand Tokamak-1 in March, the country’s first experimental fusion energy machine, provided by China
- Australia: Recharge Industries plans Au$300M factory to build lithium-ion batteries, aiming for production in late 2024, in bid to provide a supply free of China supply chain risks
- Philippines: BillEase consumer finance app partners China’s Alipay+ for ‘buy now, pay later’ options in online shopping
- Japan: Toyota supplier, Denso, looks to Taiwanese partners in move to reshape auto supply chains, seeing the need to limit dependence on Chinese components
- Need To Know Now — Need To Know Now, Jan 28th: Fertilizer, Myanmar, AI, EVs and cyberwarfare
More of Asia’s tech news headlines
The monthly collections listed by country, above, are drawn from our daily Asia tech news updates, which go out on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and via mobile app.
We also deliver weekly updates in newsletter formats, via LinkedIn and Substack; and each of those also provides our tech newsletters in web format, for reading online.
Beyond these, we also produce quarterly collections, gathering a jurisdiction’s technology news into 3-monthly digests each year.