On November 11, TechNode was proud to host the 6th annual TechCrunch International City Event in Shenzhen. As part of the conference, TechNode’s English team put together an afternoon of in-depth content as part of the Emerge side stage, including topics such as cloud gaming, mass customization and customer-to-manufacturer (C2M), and the relationship between the China and India tech ecosystems.

It was a chance to reflect on the last year, and where China’s tech is going. I gave a short presentation on what I believe to be the megatrend for 2019: going global. I know, I know, you’ve probably heard this already for year’s now and, if you’re in touch with China’s startups and tech majors, the term chuhai (going overseas) is probably hackneyed at this point.

Bottom line: While giants like Alibaba and Tencent have made significant investments abroad since at least 2011, 2019 was the year China tech could be palpably felt on the global stage. While many have been quietly expanding, Bytedance’s were some of the first content products to not only take off, but also gain significant attention from users, journalists, and politicians around the world. China is not only getting attention for its money, but also its clever implementation of technology. What’s next for China tech, however, is uncertain. As the trade war continues with no end in sight, China’s companies are receiving more scrutiny. Global investments, especially in the US, are decreasing. As always, though, the ride promises to be an interesting one.

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John Artman is the Editor in Chief for TechNode, the leading English information source for news and insight into China’s tech and startups, and co-host of the China Tech Talk podcast, a regular discussion...