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Core technology and startups: What can we expect in the post-ZTE era?

In April, the US announced a 7-year ban on ZTE. This China’s leading communication player was found to have violated a ban on shipping US technology to Iran. The sanctions will bar ZTE from purchasing essential US components.  President Xi, summarizing lessons learned from the ZTE case, stressed the concept of “core technology” (in Chinese), referring to […]

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Taipei-based citiesocial is addressing new trends in Asian e-commerce, backed by Alibaba

Shopping is one of the most popular online activities worldwide. This is even truer in Asia—a region where digital development is taking off in developing e-commerce markets such as Thailand and India, and online retail continues growing strongly in mature markets like Japan, Hong Kong, and China. Asia’s e-commerce industry is thriving and the outlook seems […]

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We need a Toutiao for podcasts

Last month, I wrote an op-ed taking a critical eye to the globalization strategy of Bytedance, the Beijing-based parent company of ultra-popular Chinese news aggregation platform Jinri Toutiao. Riding a soaring valuation, Bytedance has stated its ambitions to apply their sophisticated AI-based recommendation engine to platforms aimed at overseas markets. In an ideal situation, this […]