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A Tiny Screw Shows Why iPhones Won’t Be ‘Assembled in U.S.A.’ - The New York Times
The challenges in Texas illustrate problems that Apple would face if it tried to move a significant amount of manufacturing out of China. Apple has found that no country — and certainly not the United States — can match China’s combination of scale, skills, infrastructure and cost.

Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, helped lead the company’s shift to foreign manufacturing in 2004.
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Apple  manufacturing  supplychain  onshoring  review  critique  USA  China  NYTimes  2019 
11 weeks ago by inspiral
The Rise and Fall of China’s Cycling Empires – Foreign Policy
China’s bike-sharing firms were supposed to be the next big thing. What happened?
bikeshare  cycling  review  decline  China  ForeignPolicy  2018 
january 2019 by inspiral
The Chinese takeover of Indian app ecosystem | FactorDaily
2018 is likely to be remembered as the year when the Chinese took over Indian smartphones. In December 2017, the top 10 mobile apps on Google Playstore looked a lot different than what they look from a year later. The Playstore rankings for India in 2018 have China written all over it. Five out of the top 10 mobile apps in India are Chinese — versus two at the end of 2017.
mobileapps  growth  marketshare  India  China  FactorDaily  2019 
january 2019 by inspiral
Apple and Samsung feel the sting of plateauing smartphones - The Verge
Smartphone markets are slowing down in large part because they’ve served their purpose. We wanted phones with great displays, fast connectivity, all-day battery life, and a few extra luxuries thrown in, and now we’ve got them in abundance. The system works. When the next truly compelling upgrade shows up on the horizon, consumers will once again throw money at the latest and greatest products. But until then, all this competition makes for a bumpy ride for any company venturous enough to be in the phone-selling business, including those at the very top.
smartphones  sales  decline  innovation  review  critique  China  Apple  Samsung  TheVerge  2019 
january 2019 by inspiral
Taiwan Can Win a War With China – Foreign Policy
Beijing boasts it can seize the island easily. The PLA knows better.
conflict  review  China  Taiwan  ForeignPolicy  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
Opinion | Will Taiwan Be the First Domino to Fall to China? - The New York Times
But the D.P.P.’s defeat also reveals Beijing’s increasing reach into Taiwan and, more specifically, its ability to exploit the weaknesses of an open society: namely, openness itself.
internationalrelations  reunification  politics  Taiwan  China  NYTimes  2018 
november 2018 by inspiral
China Is the Climate-Change Battleground - Bloomberg
This leads to a painful but inescapable truth -- no matter how much they spend, no matter how dramatically they change their societies, the U.S. and Europe won’t be able to put much of a dent in global warming on their own. Yes, the U.S. should ban coal power, tax carbon heavily and spend lots of money on building green energy infrastructure. But without a huge change in China, none of that will matter -- the battle against climate change will be lost.
climatechange  globalwarming  review  impact  China  internationalrelations  Bloomberg  2018 
october 2018 by inspiral
The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies - Bloomberg
The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources.
espionage  security  hardware  Apple  Amazon  hacking  China  USA  Bloomberg  2018 
october 2018 by inspiral
Germany's 'China City': how Duisburg became Xi Jinping's gateway to Europe | Cities | The Guardian
The city is host to the world’s largest inland port, with 80% of trains from China now making it their first European stop
transport  logistics  SilkRoad  Duisburg  China  Germany  Guardian  2018 
august 2018 by inspiral
Why China’s Payment Apps Give U.S. Bankers Nightmares
To be sure, U.S. banks have formidable advantages on their home turf. They have longstanding relationships with their customers, many of whom still like ‘visiting their money’ at a local branch. Consumers love credit card rewards programs and other perks, which have gotten sweeter in recent years, as well as the ability to charge back purchases that don’t go well. And U.S. bank deposits are backed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Still, banks and payment networks have a lot to lose if technology firms succeed in grabbing market share—and there are signs that Alipay and WeChat aren’t the only firms that may flex their muscles. Amazon is said to be interested in offering its own product to mimic checking accounts while offering to lower costs for retailers who use its online payments service.
banking  mobilebanking  disruption  Alipay  WeChat  China  USA  Bloomberg  2018 
june 2018 by inspiral
China increasingly challenges American dominance of science - The Washington Post
After decades of American dominance, Chinese science is ascendant, and it is luring scientists like Pastor-Pareja away from the United States. Even more China-born scientists are returning from abroad to a land of new scientific opportunity.
R&D  comparison  USA  China  WashingtonPost  2018 
june 2018 by inspiral
Underpaid and exhausted: the human cost of your Kindle | Technology | The Guardian
In the Chinese city of Hengyang, we find a fatigued, disposable workforce assembling gadgets for Amazon, owned by the world’s richest man.
Amazon  Foxconn  employment  review  critique  China  Guardian  2018 
june 2018 by inspiral
China has turned Xinjiang into a police state like no other - Apartheid with Chinese characteristics
Hasan is one of hundreds of thousands of Uighurs, a Turkic-language people, who have disappeared in Xinjiang, China’s north-western province. It is an empty, far-flung place; Hasan’s home town of Yarkand is as close to Baghdad as it is to Beijing. It is also a crucial one. The region is China’s biggest domestic producer of oil and gas, and much of the fuel imported from Central Asia and Russia passes through on its way to the industries of the east coast. It is now a vital link in the Belt and Road Initiative, a foreign policy which aims to bind the Middle East and Europe to China with ties of infrastructure, investment and trade.

But on top of that it is the home of the Uighurs, the largest Muslim group in the country, and ethnically quite distinct from the Han Chinese. A recent history of Uighur unrest—in particular bloody inter-ethnic violence in Urumqi in 2009 that followed the murder of Uighurs elsewhere in China—and subsequent terrorism have sent the government’s repressive tendencies into overdrive. Under a new party boss, Chen Quanguo, appointed in 2016, the provincial government has vastly increased the money and effort it puts into controlling the activities and patrolling the beliefs of the Uighur population. Its regime is racist, uncaring and totalitarian, in the sense of aiming to affect every aspect of people’s lives. It has created a fully-fledged police state. And it is committing some of the most extensive, and neglected, human-rights violations in the world.
Xinjiang  Uighurs  totalitarianism  racism  review  critique  surveillance  China  Economst  2018 
june 2018 by inspiral
China Couldn’t Keep Growing Like Mad Forever - Bloomberg
So China, already the world’s largest economy, will almost certainly become the most economically important country in the history of the modern world. But a combination of natural and self-imposed constraints will probably keep it from global domination.
economy  growth  forecast  China  author:NoahSmith  Bloomberg  2018 
may 2018 by inspiral
Deadly Chinese Fentanyl Is Creating a New Era of Drug Kingpins - Bloomberg
The opioid’s potency has transformed the global trafficking — and policing — of narcotics.
drugs  fentanyl  China  USA  Bloomberg  2018 
may 2018 by inspiral
Retailers Race Against Amazon to Automate Stores - The New York Times
Some traditional retailers are also skeptical about whether the sort of automation in Amazon Go can move to large stores. They say the technology may not work or be cost effective outside a store with a small footprint and inventory.

“That’s probably not scalable to a 120,000-square-foot store,” said Chris Hjelm, executive vice president and chief information officer at Kroger.

But he said it was just a matter of time before more cameras and sensors were commonplace in stores. “It’s a few years out,” he said, “before that technology becomes mainstream.”
retail  automation  Amazon  AmazonGo  BingoBox  Alibaba  JD  Walmart  innovation  China  NYTimes  2018 
april 2018 by inspiral
The Chinese Workers Who Assemble Designer Bags in Tuscany | The New Yorker
Many companies are using inexpensive immigrant labor to manufacture handbags that bear the coveted “Made in Italy” label.
manufacturing  fashion  immigration  review  China  Italy  NewYorker  2018 
april 2018 by inspiral
China Is Turning Ethiopia Into a Giant Fast-Fashion Factory - Bloomberg
The project is Beijing’s big experiment in outsourcing, and a $10 billion shot in the arm for the African nation—if there isn’t a civil war first.
clothing  apparel  manufacturing  development  outsourcing  review  Ethiopia  China  Bloomberg  2018 
march 2018 by inspiral
Outside of China, WeChat is a fish out of water
Looking at the problem WeChat is having in its expansion overseas highlights broader trends that encompass Chinese internet companies when they globalize.
WeChat  globalisation  review  critique  China  TechinAsia  2018 
february 2018 by inspiral
Jared Kushner Is China’s Trump Card | The New Yorker
How the President’s son-in-law, despite his inexperience in diplomacy, became Beijing’s primary point of interest.
JaredKushner  DonaldTrump  internationalrelations  politics  China  Russia  USA  NewYorker  2018 
january 2018 by inspiral
The Mystery of the Exiled Billionaire Whistle-Blower
From a penthouse on Central Park, Guo Wengui has exposed a phenomenal web of corruption in China’s ruling elite — if, that is, he’s telling the truth.
GuoWengui  profile  politics  corruption  review  critique  China  NYTimes  2018 
january 2018 by inspiral
A Chinese Empire Reborn - The New York Times
China’s rise is a blunt counterpoint. From 2009 onward, Chinese power in domestic and international realms has become synonymous with brute strength, bribery and browbeating — and the Communist Party’s empire is getting stronger.

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China  internationalrelations  politics  corruption  review  critique  NYTimes  2018 
january 2018 by inspiral
The History Behind China’s Obsession With Hot Water
China’s love affair with hot water is well-known. These days, tourist destinations around the world are flooded with Chinese travelers bearing backpacks loaded with sloshing vacuum-sealed flasks. Age is no barrier when it comes to the country’s unquenchable thirst for throat-scalding liquid: Young and old alike are united in their appetite for refreshment served at lip-blisteringly warm temperatures, perhaps with a twist of goji berries, ginseng, or chrysanthemum flowers.
culture  water  consumer  China  SixthTone  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
China’s Selfie Obsession | The New Yorker
Meitu’s apps are changing what it means to be beautiful in the most populous country on earth.
Meitu  celebrity  Meipai  selfie  HoneyCC  beauty  wanghong  cosmeticsurgery  China  NewYorker  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
Why Once-Loved McDonald’s Now Has an Image Problem in China
The fast-food chain captured the zeitgeist when it opened its mainland stores in the ’90s, but many now deride it as old-fashioned and coarse.
McDonalds  fastfood  trends  food  decline  China  SixthTone  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
North Korea Is Playing a Longer Game Than the U.S. - Bloomberg
If we think through the North Korea nuclear weapons dilemma using game theory, one aspect of the problem deserves more attention, namely the age of the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un: 33. Because peaceful exile doesn’t appear to be an option -- his escaping the country safely would be hard -- Kim needs strategies for hanging on to power for 50 years or more. That’s a tall order, but it helps us understand that his apparently crazy tactics are probably driven by some very reasonable calculations, albeit selfish and evil ones.
internationalrelations  nuclearweapons  longterm  KimJongUn  NorthKorea  China  Russia  Bloomberg  2017 
october 2017 by inspiral
Fraud Scandals Sap China’s Dream of Becoming a Science Superpower - The New York Times
But in its rush to dominance, China has stood out in another, less boastful way. Since 2012, the country has retracted more scientific papers because of faked peer reviews than all other countries and territories put together, according to Retraction Watch, a blog that tracks and seeks to publicize retractions of research papers.
science  research  fraud  review  critique  China  NYTimes  2017 
october 2017 by inspiral
China is winning the future. Here’s how. - The Washington Post
Trump has often talked about how China is “killing us ” and that he’s tired of hearing about China’s huge growth numbers. He should notice that Beijing is getting its growth by focusing on the future, the next areas of growth in economics and technology. The United States under Trump will be engaged in a futile and quixotic quest to revive the industries of the past. Who do you think will win?
energy  coal  renewableenergy  solarenergy  windenergy  pollution  comparison  USA  China  WashingtonPost  2017 
october 2017 by inspiral
The Decline of the Western Tourist | Foreign Policy
Citizens of China, India, and other emerging markets are traveling for pleasure in ever greater numbers — and the rest of the world is competing for their money.
tourism  growth  China  India  airlines  ForeignPolicy  2017 
august 2017 by inspiral
What's worse than war with North Korea? War with China | Isaac Stone Fish | Opinion | The Guardian
The Trump administration’s narrow minded focus on North Korea means it’s taking its eye off China as a result. That’s a mistake
DonaldTrump  NorthKorea  China  USA  internationalrelations  conflict  review  critique  Guardian  2017 
august 2017 by inspiral
This standoff is China telling India to accept changing realities | South China Morning Post
As technology kills the distance between the two Asian giants, the current Himalayan standoff is Beijing’s way of warning New Delhi not to trample too egregiously on China’s interests, or else...
InternationalRelations  Asia  IndianOcean  India  China  SouthChinaMorningPost  2017 
july 2017 by inspiral
In Urban China, Cash Is Rapidly Becoming Obsolete
It has nothing to do with debt, infrastructure spending or the other major economic topics du jour. It has to do with cash — specifically, how China is systematically and rapidly doing away with paper money and coins.

Almost everyone in major Chinese cities is using a smartphone to pay for just about everything. At restaurants, a waiter will ask if you want to use WeChat or Alipay — the two smartphone payment options — before bringing up cash as a third, remote possibility.
mobilepayments  banking  cash  money  trends  Alipay  WeChat  China  NYTimes  2017 
july 2017 by inspiral
Is Dali, Yunnan the very best place in the world to visit right now? - Marginal REVOLUTION
It has just that right mix of exotic and comfort, and is mostly unfrequented by Western tourists.  You can spend a day in the center of town and not see ten of them.  Here are a few points:
tourist  review  guide  Dali  Yunnan  China  author:TylerCowen  MarginalRevolution  2017 
july 2017 by inspiral
What would count as an explanation of the size of China? - Marginal REVOLUTION
There are two striking facts about China.  First, the country is quite large.  Second, the country was remarkably large early in its history, compared to most other political units.  For instance, here is China in 200 AD:
China  history  geography  size  review  MarginalRevolution  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
Behind China’s $1 Trillion Plan to Shake Up the Economic Order - The New York Times
The massive infrastructure projects, along with hundreds of others across Asia, Africa and Europe, form the backbone of China’s ambitious economic and geopolitical agenda. President Xi Jinping of China is literally and figuratively forging ties, creating new markets for the country’s construction companies and exporting its model of state-led development in a quest to create deep economic connections and strong diplomatic relationships.

The initiative, called “One Belt, One Road,” looms on a scope and scale with little precedent in modern history, promising more than $1 trillion in infrastructure and spanning more than 60 countries. To celebrate China’s new global influence, Mr. Xi is gathering dozens of state leaders, including President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, in Beijing on Sunday.
OneBeltOneRoad  infrastructure  investment  internationalrelations  development  review  China  Laos  Pakistan  Indonesia  NYTimes  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
Apple’s China Problem – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
That, though, is a long-term problem for Apple: what makes the iPhone franchise so valuable — and, I’d add, the fundamental factor that was missed by so many for so long — is that monopoly on iOS. For most of the world it is unimaginable for an iPhone user to upgrade to anything but another iPhone: there is too much of the user experience, too many of the apps, and, in some countries like the U.S., too many contacts on iMessage to even countenance another phone.

None of that lock-in exists in China: Apple may be a de facto monopolist for most of the world, but in China the company is simply another smartphone vendor, and being simply another smartphone vendor is a hazardous place to be. To be clear, it’s not all bad: in China Apple still trades on status and luxury; unlike the rest of the world, though, the company has to earn it with every release, and that’s a bar both difficult to clear in the abstract and, given the last two iPhones, difficult to clear in reality.
Apple  iPhone  strategy  review  critique  competitiveadvantage  WeChat  China  Stratechery  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
Three kingdoms, two empires: China’s internet giants go global | The Economist
All three firms differ from their Western peers in important ways. First, Western companies usually prefer to focus on a few core areas, whereas Chinese internet firms typically try to do everything from cloud computing to digital payments. When this works, as with Tencent’s wildly successful app, WeChat, the results can be impressive.

Second, with the exception of political censorship, the internet sector in China is lightly regulated. Facebook, Apple and Google, in contrast, face increasing scrutiny. Chinese internet firms can achieve market domination of a sort that would attract close attention in other markets.

The third difference is that they can succeed on a rapid and massive scale because the state-dominated economy is so inefficient. Often there is not even a physical infrastructure to leapfrog—so-called third-tier cities, for example, often lack big retail centres. Nationwide there is one shopping mall per 1.2m people.
Tencent  Alibaba  Baidu  internet  ecommerce  growth  review  strategy  China  Economist  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Why Apple Is Losing Its Shine in China – Backchannel
Until recently, Apple led an unusually charmed existence in China. Now it’s on the outs — and not because of Beijing’s meddling.
Apple  marketshare  decline  AppleMusic  AppStore  ApplePay  China  BackChannel  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Fake social media posts aim to distract | Harvard Magazine
More surprising, the purpose of these fabricated posts is not to argue with other social-media users, but to distract them. To perform the study, King and his two coauthors—Jennifer Pan, Ph.D. ’15, and Margaret Roberts, Ph.D. ’14—analyzed a trove of leaked emails sent between local government offices and the propaganda department in one county in southeastern China. “A big giant mess of a dataset,” King recalls, from which the researchers harvested nearly 44,000 fabricated social-media posts from 2013 and 2014. Across all of China, they calculated, that suggests about 450 million posts per year. In those King and his team read, 50-cent party members “are not arguing with anybody at all,” he says. They don’t jump into fights when other users complain about the regime’s repressions or corruption among local officials. 
socialmedia  politics  dissent  totalitarianism  China  research  review  HarvardMagazine  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Building an iPhone from scratch
Scotty Allen built a working iPhone 6S from scratch using parts bought in the electronics markets of Shenzhen, China.
iPhone  Shenzen  China  StrangeParts  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Emerging Consumer Survey 2017
The top three of this year's Emerging Consumer Survey are India, Indonesia and China. On the other end of the spectrum are Russia, Turkey and Mexico. On top of providing a close look at the emerging markets, the report examines current trends of particular relevance to them, such as e-commerce, aware consumerism, and the growing popularity of domestic brands.
economy  consumerspending  mobile  disposableincome  property  health  diet  food  drink  ecommerce  mobilecommerce  smartphones  localism  Indonesia  Brazil  SouthAfrica  Mexico  India  Russia  China  Turkey  CreditSuisse  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Is it too late to save Hong Kong from Beijing’s authoritarian grasp? | World news | The Guardian
When Britain handed over control to China in 1997, Hong Kong was a beacon of freewheeling prosperity – but in recent years Beijing’s grip has tightened. Is there any hope for the city’s radical pro-democracy movement?
HongKong  China  politics  democracy  internationalrelations  review  Guardian  2017 
march 2017 by inspiral
Pear Video is creating short news videos for China's netizens
Qiu Bing is the founder and president of Pear Video, a video-based media startup headquartered in Beijing. Launched last November, the startup’s video app offers a broad range of content. It runs short news snippets, like Trump’s signing of the Keystone Pipeline, as well as cooking footage and gadget clips. Each video is only a few minutes long – the sweet spot being a minute or less, he says.

It’s a far cry from Qiu Bing’s last venture, The Paper, an online news site that made a name for itself with investigative, longform pieces.

“Right now, especially for China’s post-90’s generation, it’s pretty difficult to get people to read a 4,000- to 5,000-word article,” he explains. In particular, long articles aren’t well-suited for mobile devices. However, as China moves from 4G to 5G and data becomes even cheaper – maybe even free – “the masses will look towards videos to get information,” he says.
PearVideo  onlinevideo  mobilevideo  review  China  TechinAsia  2017 
march 2017 by inspiral
QR code scams highlight security weaknesses in China's wallet apps
The QR code rules supreme in China. You can pay for almost anything with it: street food, toilet paper, a lobster dinner, a foot massage. You can even use it to socialize. At networking sessions, it’s not uncommon to scan someone’s WeChat QR code instead of giving them your business card.

But after an incident last week involving fraudulent QR codes and US$13 million of stolen money, the security of China’s most popular offline-to-online tool is coming under fresh scrutiny.

“Some criminals paste their own QR codes over the original ones to illicitly obtain money, as ordinary consumers simply cannot tell the difference,” wrote China Daily, a state-owned English media site, in an op-ed.

“That is why we are powerless to prevent QR codes from being used for fraudulent activities, and that is precisely why the enterprises using QR codes should assume their share of the responsibility for protection.”
QRcode  mobilepayments  security  fraud  review  China  TechinAsia  2017 
march 2017 by inspiral
Once poverty-stricken, China's "Taobao villages" have found a lifeline making trinkets for the internet — Quartz
Much has been written about China’s rural e-commerce boom, with these so-called “Taobao villages” now a national policy priority in rebuilding rural China and eliminating poverty. Vice premier Zhang Gaoli, a former Shandong party secretary and now one of the most powerful officials in China, visited Daiji in late 2015 and praised (link in Chinese) the township’s contribution to decreasing poverty.
industrialisation  manufacturing  growth  Taobaovillages  economy  rural  China  Quartz  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
WeChat rolls out 'instant apps'
China’s top messaging app, with over 840 million active users, is trying something radical. WeChat is today rolling out “mini programs,” embedded apps which require no download or install.
WeChat  mobilemessaging  instantapps  China  TechinAsia  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
Chinese smartphones soar to 51% of India market
Chinese mobile phone brands are booming in India, for the first time ever making up more than half – 51 percent – of new devices in the world’s second largest smartphone market.

Meanwhile, Indian brands dropped below 20 percent market share of shipments in November, according to Counterpoint Research, plummeting from 40 percent in early 2016.
smartphones  marketshare  India  China  Xiaomi  Samsung  Vivo  Gionee  TechinAsia  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
How China Built ‘iPhone City’ With Billions in Perks for Apple’s Partner - The New York Times
A hidden bounty of benefits for Foxconn’s plant in Zhengzhou, the world’s biggest iPhone factory, is central to the production of Apple’s most profitable product.
Apple  iPhone  Foxconn  manufacturing  subsidy  taxation  Zhengzhou  China  NYTimes  2016 
january 2017 by inspiral
The Long-Term Jobs Killer Is Not China. It’s Automation. - The New York Times
Another analysis, from Ball State University, attributed roughly 13 percent of manufacturing job losses to trade and the rest to enhanced productivity because of automation. Apparel making was hit hardest by trade, it said, and computer and electronics manufacturing was hit hardest by technological advances.
employment  automation  globalisation  trade  China  review  DonaldTrump  USA  NYTimes  2016 
december 2016 by inspiral
China’s digital dictatorship | The Economist
The party rightly worries that a society so lacking in trust is unstable. So it is experimenting with a striking remedy. It calls this a “social-credit system” (see article). It says the idea is to harness digitally stored information to chivvy everyone into behaving more honestly, whether fly-by-night companies or tax- and fine-dodging individuals. That sounds fair enough. But the government also talks about this as a tool of “social management”: ie, controlling individuals’ behaviour. This is a regime that already tries to police how often people visit their parents. How much further could it go? Citizens’ ratings are to be linked with their identity-card numbers. Many fear that bad scores might result in sanctions, such as being denied a bank loan or permission to buy a railway ticket, even for political reasons. They have reason to worry. The government decreed this year that the system should record such vaguely defined sins as “assembling to disrupt social order”.
socialmedia  quantifiedself  censorship  totalitarianism  China  Economist  2016 
december 2016 by inspiral
How Apple Lost China to Two Unknown Local Smartphone Makers - Bloomberg
Oppo and Vivo trace their origins to reclusive billionaire Duan Yong Ping and employ similar strategies. That includes harnessing the spending power of rural customers away from top-tier cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. It’s where Apple’s vulnerable given the iPhone’s lofty price tag. They eschewed e-commerce to instead court the stores where three-quarters of smartphone sales take place. Apple has been more reluctant to relinquish the retail experience to local free-agents, who sometimes charge brands for in-store displays and posters.
Oppo  Vivo  growth  comparison  Apple  smartphones  strategy  retail  China  Bloomberg  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
China's Threat to the U.S. - The Atlantic
The country has become repressive in a way that it has not been since the Cultural Revolution. What does its darkening political climate—and growing belligerence—mean for the United States?
China  politics  totalitarianism  censorship  internationalrelations  review  critique  forecast  TheAtlantic  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
What happened to Xiaomi?
Essentially, Xiaomi has been too slow to match its products with the fast-changing value propositions of young Chinese consumers, who aspire for a more individualistic and personalized lifestyle.
While Xiaomi has continued to expand its product portfolio, the brand has failed to maintain its hype and has become overly diversified. General consumers have begun to lose track of what the company stands for and the benefits of joining their ecosystem.
With the company’s recent expansion to emerging markets comes a new set of problems. Factors such as supply constraints, limited local market understanding, and legal issues have hampered their efforts overseas.
Xiaomi  smartphones  decline  review  China  TechinAsia  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
The Decline in Chinese Cyberattacks: The Story Behind the Numbers
The Obama administration has been touting a decrease in commercial espionage, but the reality for corporate America may be more complicated.
espionage  security  internationalrelations  China  USA  TechnologyReview  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
Someone Is Learning How to Take Down the Internet - Schneier on Security
Over the past year or two, someone has been probing the defenses of the companies that run critical pieces of the Internet. These probes take the form of precisely calibrated attacks designed to determine exactly how well these companies can defend themselves, and what would be required to take them down. We don't know who is doing this, but it feels like a large nation state. China or Russia would be my first guesses.
DDoS  security  hacking  espionage  China  Russia  review  author:BruceSchneier  Schneier  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
China's factories in Shenzhen can copy products at breakneck speed—and it's time for the rest of the world to get over it — Quartz
Years ago, experts in the hardware industry would have had more sympathy for Sherman. Now, no one does—not even Sherman himself. While discussions of intellectual property in China’s manufacturing centers once focused on how brands and investors could protect their designs from China’s rapacious copycats, things have changed. Startups and foreign manufacturers are embracing a new reality—someone in China is going to make a knockoff of your unique invention, almost immediately. All any company or entrepreneur can do is prepare for it.
hardware  intellectualproperty  copycat  crowdfunding  review  speed  critique  China  Quartz  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
Insanely virtual | The Economist
But professional use of VR by Chinese companies (rather than by consumers) means that the place where the fledgling industry may make its very first fortune is the Middle Kingdom. Goldman Sachs, an investment bank, forecasts that the global VR market could well expand from next to nothing now to be worth as much as $60 billion by 2025. Hardware would account for half of the market and software the rest. Goldman also predicts that mainland China will already account for a third of global VR headset sales this year (see chart).

In the West the interest in VR has mainly focused on consumer applications like gaming. By contrast, in China business applications are an immediate and profitable avenue for growth. Property developers like Vanke are using VR to peddle expensive properties that are overseas or not yet built, and architects are using it in design. Education is another promising field. NetDragon, a Chinese software firm that attracted attention when it acquired Britain’s Promethean World, an online education outfit, for some $100m last year, is testing how VR software and hardware can be used in mainland schools (one idea is that headsets could tell when children are tilting their heads, indicating boredom, meaning a change of subject or teaching method is required).
virtualreality  enterprise  opportunity  realestate  education  growth  China  Economist  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
What $50 buys you at Huaqiangbei, the world’s most fascinating electronics market. – Medium
We’ve long been fascinated by the Huaqiangbei electronics market area of Shenzhen. (Hereafter, we’ll just call it HQB.) If you need some bit of electronics or a phone accessory, you can find it in HQB. There is an entire multi-floor shopping mall that sells nothing but phone cases. There’s one that specializes in smartwatches. There’s a mall that sells cellphones wholesale. There’s one just for surveillance cameras. And then there are the component markets. Need a chip? Or 250,000 chips? Somebody there can get them for you.
hardware  Shenzen  Huaqiangbei  China  keyboardio  Medium  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
WeChat Works to Maintain Startup Pluck as It Matures - WSJ
New challenge is how to keep growing, spur continued innovation and earn more money from flagship mobile product
WeChat  mobilemessaging  profile  China  WallStreetJournal  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
Globalisation ‘not to blame’ for income woes, study says — FT.com
“Globalisation is not to blame for all the ills of the world,” Torsten Bell, director of the Resolution Foundation, said. “Although globalisation brings a range of challenges for lower income families, we need to be clear that weak income growth generally is rooted in domestic policy, and blaming globalisation takes the pressure off governments.”

The Resolution Foundation’s analysis suggests that the fate of lower middle class incomes has differed greatly country by country, and even with a rise in inequality in many places the rich world’s lower middle classes have not fared badly.
incomeinequality  income  globalisation  middleclass  lowermiddleclass  USA  China  research  ResolutionFoundation  FinancialTimes  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
Chinese Billionaire Linked to Giant Aluminum Stockpile in Mexican Desert - WSJ
U.S. aluminum executives claim Liu Zhongtian, founder of Chinese metals conglomerate China Zhongwang, used a factory in Mexico to game the global trade system
LiuZhongtian  ChinaZhongwang  aluminum  commodities  trade  China  Mexico  USA  WallStreetJournal  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
Digital in APAC 2016 - We Are Social UK
Since our last APAC report in March last year, the reported number of internet users has jumped 27%, while the number of people using social media from mobile devices is up a staggering 50%. This compares to average global growth of 19% and 39% respectively for the same measures.

Here are the headline numbers for digital connectivity in APAC:

Internet users in APAC: 1.83 Billion
Social media users in APAC: 1.43 Billion*
Mobile connections in APAC: 3.86 Billion**
Mobile social media users in APAC: 1.36 Billion*
mobile  socialmedia  mobilesocial  mobilemessaging  internet  statistics  penetration  growth  Facebook  WhatsApp  FacebookMessenger  QQ  WeChat  QZone  Tumblr  Instagram  Twitter  Skype  Baidu  Weibo  Line  Snapchat  YY  LinkedIn  Pinterest  Telegram  Viber  VKontakte  Australia  Bangladesh  Bhutan  Brunei  Cambodia  China  Fiji  HongKong  India  Indonesia  Japan  Laos  Macau  Malaysia  Maldives  Mongolia  Myanmar  Nepal  NewZealand  NorthKorea  Pakistan  PapuaNewGuinea  Philippines  Singapore  SouthKorea  SriLanka  Taiwan  Thailand  EastTimor  Vietnam  WeAreSocial  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
Fintech – Disruptor or Saviour?
Why is the financial technology revolution happening now? Our expert on Asian financials describes the exciting technological developments that will change the way we all do business in the future.
fintech  financialservices  opportunity  review  peertopeerlending  blockchain  mobilepayments  inclusion  regulations  China  India  SouthKorea  NikkoAssetManagement  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Xiaomi China Phone Shipments Fall 38% as Huawei Takes Lead - Bloomberg
Xiaomi Corp., the once-hot Chinese smartphone maker, saw shipments tumble 38 percent in China in the second quarter as Huawei Technologies Co. took over the top spot in the world’s largest market, according to research from International Data Corp.
Xiaomi shipped 10.5 million smartphones in the quarter, down from 17.1 million in the same period a year earlier. That made the company the fourth-largest competitor in the market behind Huawei, OPPO and Vivo, according to IDC.
Xiaomi  smartphones  sales  decline  China  competition  Bloomberg  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Think the world is on fire? Obama’s national security adviser says things are better than ever. - Vox
While Obama, Rice, and other leading officials talk a lot about the big foreign policy picture, the truth is that no administration can afford to govern solely by looking at the long arc of history.

Rice and Obama are ultimately constrained by the public’s priorities. If people care about terrorism more than they care about China or climate change, then you can’t prioritize China or climate change over terrorism. Battles with jihadist groups will, inevitably, become a more defining element of the administration’s foreign policy (at least in the here and now).
BarackObama  SusanRice  internationalrelations  review  climatechange  Ukraine  ISIS  Syria  China  Vox  2016 
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