What do the global empires of China’s tech giants look like? I began asking myself this question months before starting Expanding Empires, a reporting effort to map out the global tech investment footprint of China’s biggest investors. Now, we’re bringing it to an end.

Over the past six months, I’ve scraped, analyzed, and visualized data to provide a better picture of where China’s biggest tech companies are investing, how the geopolitical climate has led to dramatic shifts in their focus, and where they might be headed next. 

Funding rounds in which Chinese tech companies have participated—or in numerous cases, lead—have created some of the world’s biggest tech giants. In the US, these include mobility companies Uber, Tesla, and Lyft; in India, Paytm, Flipkart, and Bigbasket; and in Southeast Asia, e-commerce giants Lazada and Sea Limited. 

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is TechNode's former Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covered Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, cleantech, and cybersecurity.