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China’s Beidou satnav system launches 18th, 19th satellites

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SINCE THE LAUNCH of its first satellite in 2000, the Beidou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) has been moving towards achieving global positioning and navigation coverage. On 25 July 2015, the launch of two new-generation satellites brought Beidou closer to this goal. They join 17 satellites already in orbit, which brings the BDS total to 19. […]

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Copyright rules strengthened

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CHINA’S NATIONAL COPYRIGHT Administration (NCA) has issued a statement urging online streaming services to stop providing unlicensed music to users. On Thursday 9th July, the copyright regulator announced that online streaming providers have until the end of July to remove any unlicensed music and that stricter rules will be enforced. According to the order, those […]

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Xiaomi, Huawei expand wearables market

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XIAOMI AND HUAWEI, two Chinese tech firms, have made significant progress in the wearables market. Xiaomi is the second largest provider of wearable technology products worldwide, and Huawei has signed a deal with US-based Xiaomi competitor, Jawbone. According to data from IDC, a total of 11.4m wearables were shipped during 1Q15, accounting for a 200% […]

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China set to accelerate broadband speed and cut prices

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IN A DRIVE to bring the internet to more of the population, China’s State Council has announced plans to increase access to broadband in the country, particularly to more rural areas, and to decrease prices. Whilst initial plans were announced as part of the “Internet Plus” initiative earlier this year, the announcement for broadband extension […]

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Apple tops China’s slowing smartphone market

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IN Q1 2015, 99.8 million smartphones were shipped in China, a 4% decrease year-on-year (YOY), marking the first time in six years that the growth of China’s smartphone market has slowed, according to a survey by International Data Corporation (IDC). The news comes at the same time as Apple becomes the leading company with 14.7% […]

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Segway bought by rival firm Ninebot

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THE COMPANY KNOWN for its two-wheeled self-balancing electric vehicles, Segway, has been bought by its competitor Chinese firm, Ninebot, for an undisclosed sum. Ninebot, which makes vehicles of a similar appearance to Segways, began operating in 2013 and was funded through crowdsourcing. As well as its two-wheeled vehicle which retails for US$2,700 to US$3,700, Ninebot […]

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China unveils Internet Plus strategy at 12th NPC

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CHINA’S LEADERS ARE turning to the internet to offset slowing economic growth and boost the market: “Internet Plus”. Addressing the opening of China’s annual session of the National People’s Congress in Beijing on 5th March, Premier Li Keqiang broadly laid out China’s “Internet Plus” strategy, which aims to integrate mobile, cloud computing and big data […]

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Will Apple Watch ignite China’s smart wearable industry?

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THE RELEASE OF Apple’s latest product – Apple Watch – continues to grab headlines in the Chinese media. People are excited to see this innovation which combines advanced technology and craftsmanship. As for China’s smart wearable industry, the launch of Apple Watch may be able to give a boost to this developing market. In keeping […]

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Alibaba bringing e-commerce to the New Silk Road

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ALIBABA, China’s E-COMMERCE pioneer that raised US$25bn when it listed on the NYSE in September 2014, has announced plans to gain a strong position on the New Silk Road. Signing agreements with Gansu province, Ningxia province and Xinjiang autonomous region, Alibaba intends to continue its reach across China’s e-commerce market. The plans also involve cloud […]

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China internet users top 600 million

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THE NUMBER OF internet users in China topped 600 million for the first time in 2013, increasing to a total of 618 million by the end of the year, 53.58 million (9.5%) more than in 2012, according to figures just released by the China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC). However the overall internet penetration rate […]

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