Bien Perez

Hong Kong

Bien Perez

News Editor, Technology

Bien has worked at the Post since 2000. He has served as Post Magazine's technology editor and Technology Post's deputy editor. He was a guest host on Tech Specs in TVB’s Money Magazine show. He won runner-up, Best News Writing, at the 2008 Hong Kong News Awards.

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It’s all in the data: how Didi Chuxing’s US IPO ran afoul of Chinese regulators

In this issue of Global Impact, we take a look at Beijing’s plan to impose cybersecurity reviews on Chinese companies that plan to go public overseas. 

In this issue of Global Impact, we take a look at Beijing’s plan to impose cybersecurity reviews on Chinese companies that plan to go public overseas. 

It’s all in the data: how Didi Chuxing’s US IPO ran afoul of Chinese regulators
9 Aug 2021 - 2:00PM
US-China tech war: Washington intensifies pressure on Beijing in proposed new policy of ‘strategic competition’

The US Senate’s new China-focused legislation, the Strategic Competition Act of 2021, points to a potential acceleration of the hi-tech arms race between the world’s two largest economies.

The US Senate’s new China-focused legislation, the Strategic Competition Act of 2021, points to a potential acceleration of the hi-tech arms race between the world’s two largest economies.

US-China tech war: Washington intensifies pressure on Beijing in proposed new policy of ‘strategic competition’
10 Apr 2021 - 7:21AM
Xiaomi pushes to clear name after court suspends US investment ban on the firm

A court has ruled in favour of Xiaomi against a US government ban that prohibits American investors from owning shares in the smartphone giant.

A court has ruled in favour of Xiaomi against a US government ban that prohibits American investors from owning shares in the smartphone giant.

Xiaomi pushes to clear name after court suspends US investment ban on the firm
13 Mar 2021 - 2:57PM
Property developer New World backs data centre venture focused on emerging economies in Asia-Pacific

Hong Kong-based Turbidite eyes acquisitions and development of so-called edge data centres in emerging markets across the Asia-Pacific region.

Hong Kong-based Turbidite eyes acquisitions and development of so-called edge data centres in emerging markets across the Asia-Pacific region.

Property developer New World backs data centre venture focused on emerging economies in Asia-Pacific
3 Mar 2021 - 9:15AM
Inside China Tech: ByteDance, Baidu plot next moves as Ehang encounters turbulence

This week’s highlights include ByteDance-owned Douyin’s plan to raise funds in the US, Baidu’s focus on smart cars and fraud claims against flying taxi maker EHang.

This week’s highlights include ByteDance-owned Douyin’s plan to raise funds in the US, Baidu’s focus on smart cars and fraud claims against flying taxi maker EHang.

Inside China Tech: ByteDance, Baidu plot next moves as Ehang encounters turbulence
20 Feb 2021 - 6:00PM
Inside China Tech: Big week for Alibaba, Kuaishou’s trading debut pops and the firm powering social-media hit Clubhouse

This week’s highlights include the improved prospects for e-commerce giant Alibaba and short video app platform Kuaishou, as well as tech provider Agora.

This week’s highlights include the improved prospects for e-commerce giant Alibaba and short video app platform Kuaishou, as well as tech provider Agora.

Inside China Tech: Big week for Alibaba, Kuaishou’s trading debut pops and the firm powering social-media hit Clubhouse
6 Feb 2021 - 2:00PM
US-China tech war: moment of truth looms for ex-Huawei unit Honor in new smartphone launch

Honor, the former budget smartphone brand of Huawei, is set to launch its new V40 series 5G device months after it was divested by the telecommunications equipment giant.

Honor, the former budget smartphone brand of Huawei, is set to launch its new V40 series 5G device months after it was divested by the telecommunications equipment giant.

US-China tech war: moment of truth looms for ex-Huawei unit Honor in new smartphone launch
21 Jan 2021 - 10:46PM
Explainer | How will broad indoor coverage drive global 5G adoption?

Mobile network operators are counting on 5G to enable a wide range of indoor applications for both consumers and industries.

Mobile network operators are counting on 5G to enable a wide range of indoor applications for both consumers and industries.

How will broad indoor coverage drive global 5G adoption?
8 Jun 2021 - 11:43AM
Inside China Tech: FAST keeps big eye on space after Arecibo collapse

This week’s round-up of leading stories include Chinese space telescope FAST’s big task post-Arecibo, Beijing’s new data protection effort and Genshin Impact, the toast of the video game industry.

This week’s round-up of leading stories include Chinese space telescope FAST’s big task post-Arecibo, Beijing’s new data protection effort and Genshin Impact, the toast of the video game industry.

Inside China Tech: FAST keeps big eye on space after Arecibo collapse
5 Dec 2020 - 6:35AM
Inside China Tech: Alibaba leads record Singles’ Day sales as tech antitrust clouds gather

This round-up of leading stories includes Alibaba’s big week, Huawei’s potential sale of its Honor budget smartphone brand and how Tencent sees Beijing’s new antitrust initiative.

This round-up of leading stories includes Alibaba’s big week, Huawei’s potential sale of its Honor budget smartphone brand and how Tencent sees Beijing’s new antitrust initiative.

Inside China Tech: Alibaba leads record Singles’ Day sales as tech antitrust clouds gather
14 Nov 2020 - 8:19AM
Explainer | What is 5G and how will it change the world?

While most people see 5G as a technical upgrade to 4G, the next-generation mobile system is expected to be a major building block of the fourth industrial revolution.

While most people see 5G as a technical upgrade to 4G, the next-generation mobile system is expected to be a major building block of the fourth industrial revolution.

What is 5G and how will it change the world?
3 Nov 2020 - 7:15AM
Telecoms giant HKBN ratchets up services bundling amid Hong Kong economic slowdown

The strategy shows how much HKBN, operator of Hong Kong’s second-largest fixed-line telecoms network, has evolved after a series of mergers and acquisitions.

The strategy shows how much HKBN, operator of Hong Kong’s second-largest fixed-line telecoms network, has evolved after a series of mergers and acquisitions.

Telecoms giant HKBN ratchets up services bundling amid Hong Kong economic slowdown
3 Nov 2020 - 6:04AM
Inside China Tech: Digital yuan to bolster mobile payments in China

This week’s round-up of leading stories include the potential impact of the digital yuan, the strong start of Alibaba’s Singles’ Day presales campaign and the biggest mobile game launch in China.

This week’s round-up of leading stories include the potential impact of the digital yuan, the strong start of Alibaba’s Singles’ Day presales campaign and the biggest mobile game launch in China.

Inside China Tech: Digital yuan to bolster mobile payments in China
31 Oct 2020 - 11:02AM
Inside China Tech: Beijing to sharpen country’s R&D focus

This week’s round-up of leading stories include China’s bid to improve basic tech research work, the controversy over developer miHoYo’s hit game Genshin Impact and a possible path for Huawei to survive US sanctions.

This week’s round-up of leading stories include China’s bid to improve basic tech research work, the controversy over developer miHoYo’s hit game Genshin Impact and a possible path for Huawei to survive US sanctions.

Inside China Tech: Beijing to sharpen country’s R&D focus
10 Oct 2020 - 6:27AM
Inside China Tech: can Huawei make sweet Harmony in 2021?

This week’s round-up of leading stories includes Huawei’s plan to run its own mobile operating system from next year, the mad dash to sell TikTok’s US business and China’s fast-growing cloud services market.

This week’s round-up of leading stories includes Huawei’s plan to run its own mobile operating system from next year, the mad dash to sell TikTok’s US business and China’s fast-growing cloud services market.

Inside China Tech: can Huawei make sweet Harmony in 2021?
12 Sep 2020 - 10:15AM
Chinese smartphone giant Oppo to launch short video app amid TikTok’s struggles

The new online service from Oppo could drive stickiness within its 350 million active users globally, as TikTok finds itself in the crosshairs of Washington.

The new online service from Oppo could drive stickiness within its 350 million active users globally, as TikTok finds itself in the crosshairs of Washington.

Chinese smartphone giant Oppo to launch short video app amid TikTok’s struggles
27 Aug 2020 - 4:07PM
Inside China Tech: US sanctions leave Huawei all shook up

Our round-up of this week’s leading tech stories include how tighter US sanctions have put Huawei on shaky ground, Oracle circling a TikTok deal and China’s resilient online retail giants.

Our round-up of this week’s leading tech stories include how tighter US sanctions have put Huawei on shaky ground, Oracle circling a TikTok deal and China’s resilient online retail giants.

Inside China Tech: US sanctions leave Huawei all shook up
22 Aug 2020 - 7:52AM
US squeeze on China’s apps, digital infrastructure could upend global internet, analysts say

The US government’s ‘Clean Network’ programme threatens to further disrupt China’s technology industry, as it aims to restrict the international expansion of Chinese apps, cloud services and undersea cable networks.

The US government’s ‘Clean Network’ programme threatens to further disrupt China’s technology industry, as it aims to restrict the international expansion of Chinese apps, cloud services and undersea cable networks.

US squeeze on China’s apps, digital infrastructure could upend global internet, analysts say
6 Aug 2020 - 10:27PM
Inside China Tech: Tencent supercharges WeChat

This week’s round-up of leading stories includes how WeChat benefits from Tencent’s buyout deal for Sogou, Huawei’s turn as world’s biggest smartphone vendor and the harsh regulatory spotlight on TikTok.

This week’s round-up of leading stories includes how WeChat benefits from Tencent’s buyout deal for Sogou, Huawei’s turn as world’s biggest smartphone vendor and the harsh regulatory spotlight on TikTok.

Inside China Tech: Tencent supercharges WeChat
1 Aug 2020 - 7:00AM
Inside China Tech: Huawei faces shaky prospects in Europe after Britain’s 5G ban

This week’s wrap of leading stories include Huawei’s setback in Britain, TikTok’s latest run-in with a regulator and what WeChat users in America fear.

This week’s wrap of leading stories include Huawei’s setback in Britain, TikTok’s latest run-in with a regulator and what WeChat users in America fear.

Inside China Tech: Huawei faces shaky prospects in Europe after Britain’s 5G ban
18 Jul 2020 - 5:58AM
Inside China Tech: are the chips down for Huawei?

This week’s wrap of leading stories covers Huawei’s potential moves in the wake of tighter US sanctions, video app operator Kuaishou’s new headquarters and Hutchison Telecom’s 5G roll-out in Hong Kong.

This week’s wrap of leading stories covers Huawei’s potential moves in the wake of tighter US sanctions, video app operator Kuaishou’s new headquarters and Hutchison Telecom’s 5G roll-out in Hong Kong.

Inside China Tech: are the chips down for Huawei?
27 Jun 2020 - 7:47AM
Hutchison Telecom CEO sees subsidy scheme, new applications, next iPhone boosting Hong Kong’s 5G adoption

Hutchison Telecom, which runs Hong Kong’s second-largest mobile network, is in a race with local rivals to quickly expand the city’s 5G coverage and prove the benefits of the next-generation wireless technology.

Hutchison Telecom, which runs Hong Kong’s second-largest mobile network, is in a race with local rivals to quickly expand the city’s 5G coverage and prove the benefits of the next-generation wireless technology.

Hutchison Telecom CEO sees subsidy scheme, new applications, next iPhone boosting Hong Kong’s 5G adoption
26 Jun 2020 - 6:15AM
Hong Kong’s regional telecoms hub role, 5G mobile plans imperilled by US block of cable system link

That gloomy prospect looms larger for Hong Kong after a US government panel moved to stop the first high-capacity, direct fibre-optic cable link between the city and Los Angeles over national security concerns.

That gloomy prospect looms larger for Hong Kong after a US government panel moved to stop the first high-capacity, direct fibre-optic cable link between the city and Los Angeles over national security concerns.

Hong Kong’s regional telecoms hub role, 5G mobile plans imperilled by US block of cable system link
19 Jun 2020 - 7:31PM
US tech firms to remain involved with Huawei on 5G standards as Washington eases hard line

The Trump administration’s move reflects how US companies needed to stay engaged in global 5G standard development with Huawei, which is ahead in drawing up the specifications.

The Trump administration’s move reflects how US companies needed to stay engaged in global 5G standard development with Huawei, which is ahead in drawing up the specifications.

US tech firms to remain involved with Huawei on 5G standards as Washington eases hard line
17 Jun 2020 - 12:07AM
Inside China Tech: 5G revs up smart mobility initiatives

This week’s wrap of leading stories include Hong Kong’s bet on 5G to drive smart mobility programmes, CATL’s ‘million mile’ electric battery and Xiaomi’s foray into China’s online mutual aid industry.

This week’s wrap of leading stories include Hong Kong’s bet on 5G to drive smart mobility programmes, CATL’s ‘million mile’ electric battery and Xiaomi’s foray into China’s online mutual aid industry.

Inside China Tech: 5G revs up smart mobility initiatives
13 Jun 2020 - 8:00AM
How Hong Kong’s smart mobility ambitions will be boosted by 5G roll-out

Widespread 5G service coverage is expected to drive the roll-out of various smart mobility initiatives in Hong Kong, including cellular vehicle-to-everything systems that will help support the launch of autonomous driving.

Widespread 5G service coverage is expected to drive the roll-out of various smart mobility initiatives in Hong Kong, including cellular vehicle-to-everything systems that will help support the launch of autonomous driving.

How Hong Kong’s smart mobility ambitions will be boosted by 5G roll-out
11 Jun 2020 - 7:08PM
Inside China Tech: chipping away at Huawei

This week’s wrap of leading stories is focused on Huawei’s latest challenge, a proposal on computer programming by NetEase chief executive William Ding Lei and start-up Xpeng’s new electric car manufacturing operation.

This week’s wrap of leading stories is focused on Huawei’s latest challenge, a proposal on computer programming by NetEase chief executive William Ding Lei and start-up Xpeng’s new electric car manufacturing operation.

Inside China Tech: chipping away at Huawei
23 May 2020 - 8:46AM
Inside China Tech: Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei’s biggest wish

This week’s wrap of leading stories is focused on a modest ambition of Huawei’s chief executive, changes in China’s online delivery services amid the coronavirus pandemic, and Pinduoduo’s big new bet on rural e-commerce.

This week’s wrap of leading stories is focused on a modest ambition of Huawei’s chief executive, changes in China’s online delivery services amid the coronavirus pandemic, and Pinduoduo’s big new bet on rural e-commerce.

Inside China Tech: Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei’s biggest wish
25 Apr 2020 - 8:00AM
Sony invests US$400 million in Chinese streaming video platform Bilibili

Sony’s strategic investment and business cooperation with Bilibili are expected to help the streaming video services provider develop into a major entertainment industry player in China.

Sony’s strategic investment and business cooperation with Bilibili are expected to help the streaming video services provider develop into a major entertainment industry player in China.

Sony invests US$400 million in Chinese streaming video platform Bilibili
9 Apr 2020 - 10:04PM
Inside China Tech: Huawei CEO raises stakes on tech development amid coronavirus

Shenzhen-based Huawei was already on the front foot before the coronavirus outbreak gripped China amid pressure from Washington on its 5G business.

Shenzhen-based Huawei was already on the front foot before the coronavirus outbreak gripped China amid pressure from Washington on its 5G business.

Inside China Tech: Huawei CEO raises stakes on tech development amid coronavirus
29 Mar 2020 - 11:38PM