Bing has become the most popular desktop search engine in China

As noted by Gizmochina, according to recently published by StatCounter statistics, Microsoft’s Bing search engine overtook Baidu in China to become the most popular desktop search engine in the country with a market share of 37.4% in April this year. Baidu’s share on desktops has halved over the year: from ... Read more

China has overtaken the US for the first time in the Nature Index of quality scientific publications

The confrontation between the US and China is not only on technological and economic, but also on the scientific front. As reported by Nature, according to the results of 2022 China surpassed the USA for the first time in the index of scientific publications Nature Index. We are used to ... Read more

China has banned American chipmaker Micron from participating in key infrastructure projects

The trade and technology war between China and the USA is reaching a new level. Now not only US and Allies restrict China’s access to chip nanufacturing equipment and stop granting export licenses to some Chinese companies. China strikes back by banning US memory maker Micron Technology from participation in ... Read more

The Chinese city will start paying civil servants salaries exclusively in digital yuan starting in May

Starting in May, civil servants and public sector workers in the eastern Chinese city of Changshu will be paid exclusively in digital yuan, the biggest step towards the adoption of an electronic currency, reports The Register. A document on the government’s website said the effort would help pilot the implementation ... Read more

In 2028, China will test 3D printing technology on the Moon

April 24, in honor of the launch of its first satellite in 1970, is China’s Space Day. On this occasion, the authorities of the People’s Republic of China mentioned the plans for the conquest of the Moon and recalled some of the stages planned on this path, writes China Daily. ... Read more

The US asks South Korea not to supply microchips to China in case of a shortage

The United States has asked South Korea to urge its chipmakers not to fill a shortfall in the Chinese market if Beijing bans U.S. company Micron Technology Inc from selling chips, reports Economic Times with reference to the Financial Times. The news appeared on the eve of the visit of ... Read more

Artificial intelligence is already taking away the jobs of video game illustrators in China

The active adoption of artificial intelligence is already having a significant impact on the video game industry in China. As reported by Rest of World, many game developers in China began to rely on AI-based image generators instead of human illustrators. The use of AI generators such as Midjourney and ... Read more

Tesla deepens cooperation with China and will open a new Megafactory in Shanghai

Tesla has announced the opening of a new Megafactory in Shanghai, China, which will be capable of producing 10,000 Megapacks per year, reports CNBC. A Megapack is a large battery that stores energy that can be used to stabilize the power grid and prevent outages. Batteries also allow grid operators ... Read more

Tim Cook praised Apple’s “symbiotic relationship” with China

During his first visit to China since 2020, Tim Cook praised Apple’s “symbiotic relationship” with the PRC, although the company has recently been taking more steps to move its production to other countries, reports The Wall Street Journal. Tim Cook’s speech at an economic conference in Beijing hosted by the ... Read more

The CEO of TikTok will testify before the US House Energy and Commerce Committee

Tensions surrounding TikTok will come to a head on Thursday, March 23, when the company’s CEO, Shou Zi Chew, testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. It will give Democrats and Republicans a rare chance to voice their suspicions directly about TikTok, reports New York Times. On Tuesday, Mr. ... Read more

More and more countries are joining the ban on TikTok on officials’ smartphones

The US is not the only country concerned that TikTok originated in China. Fears about the app, which is owned by ByteDance, quickly spread around the world. In just a few months, more than 5 countries have implemented full or partial bans on TikTok on government devices, pushing the popular ... Read more

The US is threatening to ban TikTok if its Chinese owners don’t sell their stakes

The Biden administration is demanding that the Chinese owners of TikTok sell their shares in the social network. Otherwise, they could face banning it in the US, reports the WSJ, citing its own sources. TikTok executives said that 60% of ByteDance (the company that owns TikTok) is owned by international ... Read more

Semiconductor supply chain players plot to flee China after ASML exit

US efforts to stop China’s semiconductor industry have reached a tipping point when the Netherlands joined. However, the consequences of the new restrictions may affect not only Chinese companies. Reuters reports that officials from a dozen companies that supply ASML components are now weighing the possibility of a mass exodus ... Read more

The Netherlands has supported the US fight against China by restricting the export of tools for the production of chips

The Netherlands has unveiled plans to restrict exports of key chip-making tools. This is an important step in the ongoing US effort to limit China’s access to high-performance semiconductors, reports Financial Times. The deal, which is expected to include control of critical chip manufacturing technologies from Dutch multinational ASML, was ... Read more

Long March 9: China begins construction of a launch vehicle larger than SpaceX’s Starship

Judging by the photos shown during a presentation at the Nanjing University of Science and Technology by the chief designer of the Long March family launch system rockets, Dr. Long Lehao, China began the construction of the first prototype of the Long March 9 rocket, which should deliver taikonauts to ... Read more

This year, China will begin building its own constellation of satellites to compete with Starlink

China’s military-industrial complex is set to begin building its first constellation of low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites in a bid to catch up with SpaceX’s Starlink, reports Reuters. The creation of a group of Chinese low-orbit satellites is entrusted to the state-owned company China Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation Limited (CASIC), ... Read more

Elon Musk’s tweets about a “coronavirus leak from a Chinese lab” could be a problem for Tesla in China

CNBC reports that Chinese state-run newspaper The Global Times warned Elon Musk against promoting the theory about the “coronavirus leak from a Chinese laboratory”. Ever since Elon Musk announced his intention to buy Twitter, it was obvious that at some point the content of the service would become the cause ... Read more

The White House has given 30 days to remove TikTok from federal devices

The White House has given government agencies 30 days to remove TikTok from federal devices and systems. To protect data, all federal agencies must remove TikTok from phones and systems and block the company’s Internet traffic, Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young said in a memo that Reuters ... Read more

Starting today, smartphones that are not linked to a real name will stop working in Hong Kong

Hong Kongers unable or unwilling to link their SIM cards to their real names found their mobile phones switched off this morning as the government’s SIM card registration deadline loomed. According to RTHK, as of February 21, 2023, about 12 million prepaid and contract SIM cards were registered. They were ... Read more

The US Air Force shot down a Chinese spy balloon. China is outraged

The F-22 fighter jet using an AIM-9X air-to-air missile destroyed Chinese spy balloon off the coast of Southern California, reported Reuters citing US officials. The high-altitude balloon was shot down about 11 km off the US coast in the Atlantic Ocean over relatively shallow water (up to 14 m deep). ... Read more

A Chinese surveillance balloon has been flying over the United States for several days

A Chinese surveillance balloon was spotted over the North of the USA a few days ago. The trajectory of its movement passes over several important military facilities. This is reported by Reuters, citing a briefing of the US Department of Defense. “The United States government has detected and is tracking ... Read more

Chinese search giant Baidu will launch a ChatGPT-style bot

China’s largest search company Baidu plans to launch an artificial intelligence chatbot similar to OpenAI’s ChatGPT in March. This could be China’s most visible entry into the race fueled by advances in artificial intelligence technology, reports Bloomberg. Baidu plans to launch the app by first integrating it into its main ... Read more

The US, the Netherlands and Japan have agreed to limit China’s access to chip manufacturing equipment

The Biden administration has reached an agreement with the Netherlands and Japan to limit China’s access to advanced chip manufacturing equipment. According to Bloomberg, officials from the two countries agreed to implement some of the same export control measures the U.S. has used over the past year to prevent sales ... Read more

China’s population dropped for the first time in 60 years

For several decades, China has been suffering from the consequences of the erroneous policy of “one family – one child” (1980-2015), which will lead the country to a terrible demographic crisis in the future. Its beginning can be seen already now. In 2022, China’s population did not grow as we ... Read more

The Chinese government is tightening its grip on Alibaba, Tencent and other tech companies

The Chinese government is “buying” shares of Alibaba, Tencent and other technology companies to be more deeply involved in their businesses, sources told the Financial Times. The stakes typically include 1% in a key segment and are known as “special management shares,” which give Beijing the right to make certain ... Read more