Che Pan

Beijing

Che Pan

Reporter, Technology

Che Pan joined the Post as a technology reporter in 2020, based in Beijing. Before this, he worked as a China economy reporter at Caixin Global, with a particular focus on the macro-economy, trade and real estate. He has a master degree in Financial Regulation and Risk Management.

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China’s first private 5G mobile network for mining deployed in Shandong province

State-owned Shandong Energy Group has independently built and deployed a dedicated 5G mobile network for one of its coal mining operations.

20 Oct 2020 - 7:25AM

State-owned Shandong Energy Group has independently built and deployed a dedicated 5G mobile network for one of its coal mining operations.

China’s first private 5G mobile network for mining deployed in Shandong province
TSMC keeps mum over Huawei licence amid rising demand for chips on 5G smartphones, mobile networks

TSMC declined to comment on speculation that it was granted a licence by the US government to continue supplying chips to Huawei.

15 Oct 2020 - 10:49PM

TSMC declined to comment on speculation that it was granted a licence by the US government to continue supplying chips to Huawei.

TSMC keeps mum over Huawei licence amid rising demand for chips on 5G smartphones, mobile networks
China ministry backs pilot 5G-based smart transport system in Changsha

Initial goal will be to deploy a cellular-based vehicle-to-everything network (C-V2X) along highways and public roads in the capital city of Hunan province

14 Oct 2020 - 4:15PM

Initial goal will be to deploy a cellular-based vehicle-to-everything network (C-V2X) along highways and public roads in the capital city of Hunan province

China ministry backs pilot 5G-based smart transport system in Changsha
Nvidia, Arm CEOs confident of regulatory approval for US$40 billion deal despite potential Chinese concerns

The CEOs of Nvidia and Arm are confident of getting regulatory approvals for their US$40 billion merger even though some experts doubt Beijing will sign off amid US tensions

7 Oct 2020 - 10:42PM

The CEOs of Nvidia and Arm are confident of getting regulatory approvals for their US$40 billion merger even though some experts doubt Beijing will sign off amid US tensions

Nvidia, Arm CEOs confident of regulatory approval for US$40 billion deal despite potential Chinese concerns
SMIC supplier agrees to buy used ASML lithography system amid China’s national chip drive

Agreement to buy lithography machine will help Suzhou-based Chinese materials firm develop high end resists that currently have to be imported

9 Oct 2020 - 12:41PM

Agreement to buy lithography machine will help Suzhou-based Chinese materials firm develop high end resists that currently have to be imported

SMIC supplier agrees to buy used ASML lithography system amid China’s national chip drive
Beijing likely to reject Arm-Nvidia deal over US fears, says former Lenovo chief engineer

Lenovo’s former chief engineer says Beijing may block Nvidia’s deal to buy chip architecture company Arm over fears the technology would be subject to US export controls

30 Sep 2020 - 10:03AM

Lenovo’s former chief engineer says Beijing may block Nvidia’s deal to buy chip architecture company Arm over fears the technology would be subject to US export controls

Beijing likely to reject Arm-Nvidia deal over US fears, says former Lenovo chief engineer
US restrictions could hamper China’s plans for a self-reliant semiconductor sector

Export curbs on SMIC could deal a heavy blow to China’s pursuit of an independent semiconductor sector.

27 Sep 2020 - 10:39PM

Export curbs on SMIC could deal a heavy blow to China’s pursuit of an independent semiconductor sector.

US restrictions could hamper China’s plans for a self-reliant semiconductor sector
Huawei building near its research lab in Dongguan hit by fire

The fire was extinguished more than hour after it broke out in the middle of the afternoon on Friday.

26 Sep 2020 - 11:38AM

The fire was extinguished more than hour after it broke out in the middle of the afternoon on Friday.

Huawei building near its research lab in Dongguan hit by fire
China’s Xiaomi launches a Mi Store on Wheels to reach consumers in rural India

Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi has launched a mobile retail store, dubbed ‘Mi Store on wheels’, to expand sales to consumers in rural India

23 Sep 2020 - 3:30PM

Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi has launched a mobile retail store, dubbed ‘Mi Store on wheels’, to expand sales to consumers in rural India

China’s Xiaomi launches a Mi Store on Wheels to reach consumers in rural India
Huawei says it has enough chips for equipment businesses but not for its smartphones

Huawei, which recently became the world’s biggest smartphone maker, has been a major casualty of rising US-China tensions.

23 Sep 2020 - 8:48PM

Huawei, which recently became the world’s biggest smartphone maker, has been a major casualty of rising US-China tensions.

Huawei says it has enough chips for equipment businesses but not for its smartphones
Trump steps back from the brink as he approves TikTok’s sale, while WeChat wins an 11th hour reprieve from outright curbs

Oracle and Walmart to each purchase a stake in the new global TikTok company in a deal approved ‘in concept’ by US President Donald Trump

15 Oct 2020 - 2:55PM

Oracle and Walmart to each purchase a stake in the new global TikTok company in a deal approved ‘in concept’ by US President Donald Trump

Trump steps back from the brink as he approves TikTok’s sale, while WeChat wins an 11th hour reprieve from outright curbs
China-US relations: Beijing condemns Trump ban as WeChat’s US users brace for a life of ‘inconvenience’

US ban on ubiquitous Chinese messaging app WeChat is angering overseas Chinese, forcing many to consider possible alternatives

19 Sep 2020 - 11:09PM

US ban on ubiquitous Chinese messaging app WeChat is angering overseas Chinese, forcing many to consider possible alternatives

China-US relations: Beijing condemns Trump ban as WeChat’s US users brace for a life of ‘inconvenience’
China has more reason to block Nvidia’s Arm deal than approve it, say analysts

Despite confidence on the part of Nvidia and Arm, the deal is far from certain as Beijing would be concerned about the technology coming under US export controls

18 Sep 2020 - 11:01PM

Despite confidence on the part of Nvidia and Arm, the deal is far from certain as Beijing would be concerned about the technology coming under US export controls

China has more reason to block Nvidia’s Arm deal than approve it, say analysts
Baidu Apollo head says technical issues and high costs likely to delay full roll-out of robotaxis until 2025

Robotaxis are seen as one of best ways to make money from autonomous driving technologies in the near future.

16 Sep 2020 - 10:21PM

Robotaxis are seen as one of best ways to make money from autonomous driving technologies in the near future.

Baidu Apollo head says technical issues and high costs likely to delay full roll-out of robotaxis until 2025
US threat to target China’s biggest chip maker SMIC risks undermining drive to boost domestic tech sector

White House considers adding manufacturer to blacklist that would force US suppliers to apply for an export licence.

5 Sep 2020 - 11:07PM

White House considers adding manufacturer to blacklist that would force US suppliers to apply for an export licence.

US threat to target China’s biggest chip maker SMIC risks undermining drive to boost domestic tech sector
Huawei has had to make constant tweaks to products to cope with US bans, founder Ren Zhengfei says

Ren, a former an military engineer, acknowledged that Huawei has no room for retreat as it continues to weather an extremely difficult period.

4 Sep 2020 - 9:30PM

Ren, a former an military engineer, acknowledged that Huawei has no room for retreat as it continues to weather an extremely difficult period.

Huawei has had to make constant tweaks to products to cope with US bans, founder Ren Zhengfei says
Didi Chuxing valuation could rise amid international expansion, analysts say

The Chinese ride-hailing giant, which recorded more than 1 billion trips in its international markets last year, has set up new operations in Russia.

3 Sep 2020 - 10:18PM

The Chinese ride-hailing giant, which recorded more than 1 billion trips in its international markets last year, has set up new operations in Russia.

Didi Chuxing valuation could rise amid international expansion, analysts say
Taiwanese chip designer MediaTek seeks licence to supply Huawei amid US sanctions

MediaTek’s move echoes that of US semiconductor company Qualcomm, which has been lobbying the US government for permission to sell its chips to Huawei.

28 Aug 2020 - 6:27PM

MediaTek’s move echoes that of US semiconductor company Qualcomm, which has been lobbying the US government for permission to sell its chips to Huawei.

Taiwanese chip designer MediaTek seeks licence to supply Huawei amid US sanctions
Xiaomi seeks further growth in overseas markets despite rising geopolitical tensions

China’s Xiaomi, the world’s fourth largest smartphone vendor, saw its overseas business bounce back to pre-pandemic levels in the second quarter.

27 Aug 2020 - 4:22PM

China’s Xiaomi, the world’s fourth largest smartphone vendor, saw its overseas business bounce back to pre-pandemic levels in the second quarter.

Xiaomi seeks further growth in overseas markets despite rising geopolitical tensions
As Huawei struggles to find alternatives to US chip tech, it finds itself a pawn in a much bigger power game

As the target of US sanctions that have cut off its chip supply, Huawei can’t expect the kind of help Beijing gave rival ZTE in a similar situation two years ago. But if the Shenzhen-based telecoms gear maker does survive, it will look very different.

28 Aug 2020 - 10:34AM

As the target of US sanctions that have cut off its chip supply, Huawei can’t expect the kind of help Beijing gave rival ZTE in a similar situation two years ago. But if the Shenzhen-based telecoms gear maker does survive, it will look very different.

As Huawei struggles to find alternatives to US chip tech, it finds itself a pawn in a much bigger power game
Baidu creates ‘world’s largest’ Chinese natural language processing database

Baidu launched Qian Yan, which it says is the largest Chinese database for natural language processing, among other AI-related products on Tuesday.

25 Aug 2020 - 6:10PM

Baidu launched Qian Yan, which it says is the largest Chinese database for natural language processing, among other AI-related products on Tuesday.

Baidu creates ‘world’s largest’ Chinese natural language processing database
Huawei faces ‘impossible’ challenge after latest US tech sanctions, say analysts

New US rules that prohibit Huawei from bypassing earlier sanctions to source products via third party buyers will essentially choke off the company’s chip supply.

19 Aug 2020 - 3:16PM

New US rules that prohibit Huawei from bypassing earlier sanctions to source products via third party buyers will essentially choke off the company’s chip supply.

Huawei faces ‘impossible’ challenge after latest US tech sanctions, say analysts
Xiaomi CEO’s live-streaming debut gets more than 50 million viewers, US$30 million in sales

Lei Jun, Xiaomi’s founder and chief executive, joins the ranks of Chinese tech industry leaders who have become live-streaming stars.

17 Aug 2020 - 10:59PM

Lei Jun, Xiaomi’s founder and chief executive, joins the ranks of Chinese tech industry leaders who have become live-streaming stars.

Xiaomi CEO’s live-streaming debut gets more than 50 million viewers, US$30 million in sales
Baidu narrows revenue drop in second quarter, CEO optimistic on second half despite headwinds

Baidu reported total revenue of US$3.75 billion in the June quarter, down 1 per cent year on year, narrowing a 7 per cent drop in revenue in the first quarter

14 Aug 2020 - 1:40PM

Baidu reported total revenue of US$3.75 billion in the June quarter, down 1 per cent year on year, narrowing a 7 per cent drop in revenue in the first quarter

Baidu narrows revenue drop in second quarter, CEO optimistic on second half despite headwinds
Huawei aims to develop low cost lidar systems to boost autonomous driving deployment in China

Huawei establishes a team to develop low-cost lidar sensors to help accelerate China’s roll out of autonomous vehicles

13 Aug 2020 - 9:18PM

Huawei establishes a team to develop low-cost lidar sensors to help accelerate China’s roll out of autonomous vehicles

Huawei aims to develop low cost lidar systems to boost autonomous driving deployment in China
China’s Xiaomi still leads India smartphone market despite escalating tensions, but for how long?

Beijing-based Xiaomi continues to be the top smartphone vendor in India despite lingering border tensions between China and India, according to market research firm IDC.

12 Aug 2020 - 10:59PM

Beijing-based Xiaomi continues to be the top smartphone vendor in India despite lingering border tensions between China and India, according to market research firm IDC.

China’s Xiaomi still leads India smartphone market despite escalating tensions, but for how long?
Microsoft says commitment to Chinese users remains unchanged after updating terms of service

Microsoft has proved to be one of the few US tech giants to maintain a lasting presence in China and its operating software is used widely.

12 Aug 2020 - 10:44AM

Microsoft has proved to be one of the few US tech giants to maintain a lasting presence in China and its operating software is used widely.

Microsoft says commitment to Chinese users remains unchanged after updating terms of service
Explainer | These Chinese autonomous vehicle start-ups are keeping their eye on the driverless road

Five Chinese start-ups – Auto X, Baidu Apollo, Didi Chuxing, Pony.ai and WeRide – are focused on bringing autonomous vehicle technology to the consumer passenger market

8 Aug 2020 - 7:05AM

Five Chinese start-ups – Auto X, Baidu Apollo, Didi Chuxing, Pony.ai and WeRide – are focused on bringing autonomous vehicle technology to the consumer passenger market

These Chinese autonomous vehicle start-ups are keeping their eye on the driverless road
China unveils major tax incentive policy to encourage innovation in domestic semiconductor industry

Beijing rolls out tax incentives for domestic chip makers producing devices at 28 nanometre or less in the latest effort to boost a sector critical for the tech economy

5 Aug 2020 - 10:43PM

Beijing rolls out tax incentives for domestic chip makers producing devices at 28 nanometre or less in the latest effort to boost a sector critical for the tech economy

China unveils major tax incentive policy to encourage innovation in domestic semiconductor industry
Chinese AR start-up Rokid eyes industrial applications after success with temperature-reading smart glasses

Hangzhou-based Rokid expands end-use applications for second generation product after its temperature-detecting smart glasses helped limit the spread of Covid-19

31 Jul 2020 - 7:31AM

Hangzhou-based Rokid expands end-use applications for second generation product after its temperature-detecting smart glasses helped limit the spread of Covid-19

Chinese AR start-up Rokid eyes industrial applications after success with temperature-reading smart glasses