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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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.

10 Oct 2020 - 6:27AM

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
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.

12 Sep 2020 - 10:15AM

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?
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.

27 Aug 2020 - 4:07PM

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
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.

22 Aug 2020 - 7:52AM

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
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.

6 Aug 2020 - 10:27PM

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
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.

1 Aug 2020 - 7:00AM

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
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.

18 Jul 2020 - 5:58AM

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
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.

27 Jun 2020 - 7:47AM

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?
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.

26 Jun 2020 - 6:15AM

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
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.

19 Jun 2020 - 7:31PM

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
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.

17 Jun 2020 - 12:07AM

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
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.

13 Jun 2020 - 8:00AM

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
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.

11 Jun 2020 - 7:08PM

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
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.

23 May 2020 - 8:46AM

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
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.

25 Apr 2020 - 8:00AM

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
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.

9 Apr 2020 - 10:04PM

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
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.

29 Mar 2020 - 11:38PM

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
ZTE sets sights on 5G network expansion in Europe despite increased security restrictions

ZTE, the world’s fourth largest telecoms equipment supplier, expects its transparency in security audits to help the firm take part in more 5G network projects in the EU, where it competes against Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:07PM

ZTE, the world’s fourth largest telecoms equipment supplier, expects its transparency in security audits to help the firm take part in more 5G network projects in the EU, where it competes against Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia.

ZTE sets sights on 5G network expansion in Europe despite increased security restrictions
Britain approves Huawei’s limited use in 5G networks, prompting US senator to compare the Chinese company to KGB

The decision marks a reprieve for Huawei, which faced the prospect of a complete shutout in Europe had Washington got its way in blocking the company in the British 5G network gear market.

16 Feb 2020 - 4:13PM

The decision marks a reprieve for Huawei, which faced the prospect of a complete shutout in Europe had Washington got its way in blocking the company in the British 5G network gear market.

Britain approves Huawei’s limited use in 5G networks, prompting US senator to compare the Chinese company to KGB
China tops world in unicorns as Ant Financial, ByteDance, Didi Chuxing lead US$1.7 trillion market

Alipay operator Ant Financial Services, TikTok owner ByteDance and ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing topped the rankings of the inaugural Hurun Global Unicorn List, with a combined valuation of US$280 billion.

28 Oct 2019 - 1:36PM

Alipay operator Ant Financial Services, TikTok owner ByteDance and ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing topped the rankings of the inaugural Hurun Global Unicorn List, with a combined valuation of US$280 billion.

China tops world in unicorns as Ant Financial, ByteDance, Didi Chuxing lead US$1.7 trillion market
China ‘has decided not to fan the flames on supercomputing rivalry’ amid US tensions

China’s concession to play a low-key game on supercomputing rivalry did not stop the US from adding five Chinese top supercomputing developers to its trade blacklist

26 Jun 2019 - 8:08AM

China’s concession to play a low-key game on supercomputing rivalry did not stop the US from adding five Chinese top supercomputing developers to its trade blacklist

China ‘has decided not to fan the flames on supercomputing rivalry’ amid US tensions
China awards 5G licences to country’s major telecoms network operators, cable network giant

The move signals major new investments in the world’s largest mobile market amid a raging tech war with the United States.

7 Jun 2019 - 6:45AM

The move signals major new investments in the world’s largest mobile market amid a raging tech war with the United States.

China awards 5G licences to country’s major telecoms network operators, cable network giant
Huawei rivals Nokia, Ericsson no shoo-in for 5G contracts as China seen favouring local champions

Nokia and Ericsson stand to lose ground in China, the world’s largest market for 5G investments over the next few years.

31 May 2019 - 3:50PM

Nokia and Ericsson stand to lose ground in China, the world’s largest market for 5G investments over the next few years.

Huawei rivals Nokia, Ericsson no shoo-in for 5G contracts as China seen favouring local champions
ByteDance faces global learning curve as TikTok runs afoul of local regulators

The rapid overseas expansion of TikTok has been marred by regulatory problems in India, the United States and Indonesia.

1 May 2019 - 6:20AM

The rapid overseas expansion of TikTok has been marred by regulatory problems in India, the United States and Indonesia.

ByteDance faces global learning curve as TikTok runs afoul of local regulators
ZTE steps up 5G investments as it seeks comeback after near-death experience

The Shenzhen-based telecoms equipment giant posted a record annual loss of US$1 billion in 2018, when it was brought to the brink of collapse by a US export ban.

27 Mar 2019 - 9:54PM

The Shenzhen-based telecoms equipment giant posted a record annual loss of US$1 billion in 2018, when it was brought to the brink of collapse by a US export ban.

ZTE steps up 5G investments as it seeks comeback after near-death experience
US-China trade tensions fuel misconceptions about role of Chinese tech firms, says Alibaba Cloud executive

Chinese technology providers have the same commitment to innovation, efficiency and security as hi-tech firms from the West, according to Alibaba Cloud executive.

4 Mar 2019 - 3:19PM

Chinese technology providers have the same commitment to innovation, efficiency and security as hi-tech firms from the West, according to Alibaba Cloud executive.

US-China trade tensions fuel misconceptions about role of Chinese tech firms, says Alibaba Cloud executive
Under siege, Chinese telecoms gear champions Huawei and ZTE pitch 5G plans at MWC Barcelona

Huawei and ZTE, combined, have the biggest number of 5G standard essential patents in the world.

26 Feb 2019 - 10:48PM

Huawei and ZTE, combined, have the biggest number of 5G standard essential patents in the world.

Under siege, Chinese telecoms gear champions Huawei and ZTE pitch 5G plans at MWC Barcelona
Huawei defends its track record in data security, saying US has no evidence to back up Chinese spying allegations

Top Huawei executive called on telecoms industry and governments to work together to implement unified cybersecurity standards.

26 Feb 2019 - 11:25PM

Top Huawei executive called on telecoms industry and governments to work together to implement unified cybersecurity standards.

Huawei defends its track record in data security, saying US has no evidence to back up Chinese spying allegations
Huawei looks to show its lead in 5G technology at world’s biggest mobile industry exhibition

The Shenzhen-based telecoms equipment giant will feature its latest 5G mobile gear at MWC Barcelona amid US efforts to block use of its products around the world.

24 Feb 2019 - 8:04AM

The Shenzhen-based telecoms equipment giant will feature its latest 5G mobile gear at MWC Barcelona amid US efforts to block use of its products around the world.

Huawei looks to show its lead in 5G technology at world’s biggest mobile industry exhibition
‘Made in China 2025’: How 5G could put China in charge of the wireless backbone and ahead of the pack