Ahead of SupChina’s ‘Next China’ conference in New York, we spoke to SupChina editor and old China hand Jeremy Goldkorn about all things China tech. Goldkorn spoke about how China has become a true innovator, how developments in the sector have changed the way other countries perceive China, how the country will lead in healthcare, and how all this feeds into frenemies and changing geopolitics. And how he loves his DJI drone.

“China is no longer what we understood ten years ago, the reality is completely different now and tech is one of those things,” said Goldkorn about what he perceives to have been a watershed in how the world views China and why tech is such an important part of the Next China: How the Middle Kingdom Will Reshape Your World. The conference has sold out but can be viewed via live stream.

What led my change [of opinion] was seeing actual Chinese innovations. For me that started to happen was when Weibo suddenly was a much better product than Twitter within a year of being a complete clone. It made it more usable, easier to find stuff, easier for mainstream non-techies to use, but it still retained a great conversational flavor, lots of multimedia was enabled very quickly, and advertising. In any aspect of a microblog, they were well ahead of Twitter and still are.

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Frank Hersey

Frank Hersey is a Beijing-based tech reporter who's been coming to China since 2001. He tries to go beyond the headlines to explain the context and impact of developments in China's tech sector. Get in...