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Live-streaming in China surges in popularity despite controls
March 23, 2017
When Wang Sicong, the son of China’s richest man Wang Jianlin, promoted a live-streaming app known as “17” on his personal Sina Weibo account, the app skyrocketed to the first place on the app store within days. It was a startling demonstration of how popular live-streaming apps have become in...
Chinese tech firms go west
March 16, 2017
Melinda Li, 21, a sophomore student in Maryland, is a fan of Roman Atwood, an online celebrity best known for his comedian “prank” video on his Youtube channel, which has over 8 million subscribers. Recently, Melinda discovered...
Chinese Tech Startups: The Great Idea Bubble
March 9, 2017
China has 35 tech startups valued at one billion US dollars or more, giving it the most ‘unicorns’ in the world after the United States, which has a whopping 138 of the once near-mythical companies. But 32 of the 35 have hit the billion-dollar valuation mark only since late 2014, and some observers...
What’s the Next Move for Chinese Exporters?
February 23, 2017
After several decades when most Western governments inclined toward freer and more global trade, the mood seems to be changing. In the US, the presidential candidates have agreed on little but the need to keep a closer eye on trade agreements.
Who Benefits from Alibaba’s Singles Day?
February 2, 2017
Alibaba just ended its annual Singles Day extravaganza with record-breaking sales of RMB 120.7 billion ($ 17.8 billion). The annual event, held since 2009, occurs on November 11 originally celebrated as “Singles’ Day”...
Not Just Another Day in the Park
January 26, 2017
Theme parks are normally a place to enjoy a nice day out with your friends or family. However, in mainland China, theme parks may soon turn into a battleground.