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13 Southeast Asian tech firms to watch

From AI programmes that polish your English language skills to a firm launching backpack-sized satellites from a barge in the South China Sea, here are some of Southeast Asia’s brightest deep tech start-ups.

2 Jul 2018 - 2:12PM

From AI programmes that polish your English language skills to a firm launching backpack-sized satellites from a barge in the South China Sea, here are some of Southeast Asia’s brightest deep tech start-ups.

13 Southeast Asian tech firms to watch
Fighting cancer in Singapore, eating plastic in Indonesia: is Southeast Asia the next Silicon Valley?

Filing taxes using blockchain in Indonesia. Growing better crops in Vietnam with artificial intelligence. Sending rockets into space in Singapore. Southeast Asia is quietly emerging as a breeding ground for new technology.

30 Jun 2018 - 8:15AM

Filing taxes using blockchain in Indonesia. Growing better crops in Vietnam with artificial intelligence. Sending rockets into space in Singapore. Southeast Asia is quietly emerging as a breeding ground for new technology.

Fighting cancer in Singapore, eating plastic in Indonesia: is Southeast Asia the next Silicon Valley?
How bitcoin and cryptocurrencies went from Wall Street to the high streets of Southeast Asia

Cryptocurrencies are no longer the sole domain of hedge fund managers and high-stakes traders – in Southeast Asia they are being used to solve the financial problems of working men and women.

11 Jan 2019 - 8:21PM

Cryptocurrencies are no longer the sole domain of hedge fund managers and high-stakes traders – in Southeast Asia they are being used to solve the financial problems of working men and women.

How bitcoin and cryptocurrencies went from Wall Street to the high streets of Southeast Asia
China expects ‘next level’ relations with Malaysia as Mahathir enlists Robert Kuok in diplomatic push

Mahathir meets Chinese ambassador Bai Tian in Kuala Lumpur following a memo telling top diplomats to stay the course on friendly relations with Beijing.

25 May 2018 - 1:57PM

Mahathir meets Chinese ambassador Bai Tian in Kuala Lumpur following a memo telling top diplomats to stay the course on friendly relations with Beijing.

China expects ‘next level’ relations with Malaysia as Mahathir enlists Robert Kuok in diplomatic push
Malaysia’s Mahathir: good news for China, not so much for the US

Economic plan, check; action plan on Najib Razak, check; making nice with coalition parties, check. Foreign policy ... hmm

20 May 2018 - 8:03AM

Economic plan, check; action plan on Najib Razak, check; making nice with coalition parties, check. Foreign policy ... hmm

Malaysia’s Mahathir: good news for China, not so much for the US
US trade war: when the (micro) chips are down, Chinese cash flows to Israel

With fears mounting that Donald Trump’s trade war will lock out Chinese firms from US markets, companies seeking to invest in next-generation microchips have found a new source. 

19 May 2018 - 12:48AM

With fears mounting that Donald Trump’s trade war will lock out Chinese firms from US markets, companies seeking to invest in next-generation microchips have found a new source. 

US trade war: when the (micro) chips are down, Chinese cash flows to Israel
134 billion reasons for Mahathir not to rethink Chinese investment

Fears that multibillion-dollar deals between China and Malaysia may no longer have a friend at the top may be premature – after all, the new prime minister has 134 billion reasons to maintain the status quo.

16 May 2018 - 12:36PM

Fears that multibillion-dollar deals between China and Malaysia may no longer have a friend at the top may be premature – after all, the new prime minister has 134 billion reasons to maintain the status quo.

134 billion reasons for Mahathir not to rethink Chinese investment
Why is China suddenly seeking Filipino English teachers?

In a lesson to Manila that it pays to have close ties with China, Beijing shifts its attitude towards workers from the Philippines

14 May 2018 - 7:00AM

In a lesson to Manila that it pays to have close ties with China, Beijing shifts its attitude towards workers from the Philippines

Why is China suddenly seeking Filipino English teachers?
Is Chinese money an issue? In Malaysia, only at election time

There’s nothing new about foreign investment in Malaysia, as opposition chief Mahathir Mohamad knows well. So why is Chinese money a campaign issue when voters are more concerned about the cost of living?

6 May 2018 - 9:58AM

There’s nothing new about foreign investment in Malaysia, as opposition chief Mahathir Mohamad knows well. So why is Chinese money a campaign issue when voters are more concerned about the cost of living?

Is Chinese money an issue? In Malaysia, only at election time
In Hainan, China’s Hawaii, a hot property market proves hard to cool

Runaway property prices have caused the island province to introduce China’s strictest ever restrictions on non-local buyers. Will this curb the excesses of speculators adept at bending the rules? Sceptics just aren’t buying it.

12 Mar 2019 - 2:44PM

Runaway property prices have caused the island province to introduce China’s strictest ever restrictions on non-local buyers. Will this curb the excesses of speculators adept at bending the rules? Sceptics just aren’t buying it.

In Hainan, China’s Hawaii, a hot property market proves hard to cool
Forget China: Hong Kong, Singapore are new kids on the blockchain

Beijing’s crackdown on digital currencies is sending investors into the arms of the perennial competitors.

11 Jan 2019 - 8:20PM

Beijing’s crackdown on digital currencies is sending investors into the arms of the perennial competitors.

Forget China: Hong Kong, Singapore are new kids on the blockchain
Made for each other: Indian start-ups and Chinese investors

Western funding still dominates India’s start-up scene, but entrepreneurs are turning East for cash and expertise that will keep them viable in the long term.

15 Apr 2018 - 1:55PM

Western funding still dominates India’s start-up scene, but entrepreneurs are turning East for cash and expertise that will keep them viable in the long term.

Made for each other: Indian start-ups and Chinese investors
For the UAE, are renewables the new oil?

The Emirates was home to nomads and date farmers until it tapped its oil potential in the 1960s, and now leaders of the Gulf nation are intent to adapt yet again with a transition to sustainable energy.

9 Apr 2018 - 1:02PM

The Emirates was home to nomads and date farmers until it tapped its oil potential in the 1960s, and now leaders of the Gulf nation are intent to adapt yet again with a transition to sustainable energy.

For the UAE, are renewables the new oil?
China’s Meituan buys bike-sharing firm Mobike for US$2.7 billion in mobility push 
Returning migrants: the Chinese economy’s next great hope?

The great migration of rural workers into China’s cities helped to create the world’s second largest economy. Now a new avenue of growth is opening up, as the rise of e-commerce fuels a reverse migration of entrepreneurs.

18 Mar 2018 - 7:01AM

The great migration of rural workers into China’s cities helped to create the world’s second largest economy. Now a new avenue of growth is opening up, as the rise of e-commerce fuels a reverse migration of entrepreneurs.

Returning migrants: the Chinese economy’s next great hope?
How tech firms are using China’s social media addiction to teach English

Phone apps that encourage students to practise language skills by sharing their progress on social media are proving a hit as companies seek a slice of the US$32 billion e-learning market.

12 Mar 2018 - 12:58PM

Phone apps that encourage students to practise language skills by sharing their progress on social media are proving a hit as companies seek a slice of the US$32 billion e-learning market.

How tech firms are using China’s social media addiction to teach English
Oil-rich Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City: green oasis or green ghost town?

Once billed as a one of a kind zero-carbon footprint city, the project finds itself sorely behind schedule and more or less empty. But some say it still has potential to change one of the world’s biggest consumers into conservationists.

22 Feb 2018 - 7:19PM

Once billed as a one of a kind zero-carbon footprint city, the project finds itself sorely behind schedule and more or less empty. But some say it still has potential to change one of the world’s biggest consumers into conservationists.

Oil-rich Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City: green oasis or green ghost town?
Meet the Secret Superstar of China, from India: Aamir Khan

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan is shattering box office records left, right and centre. But can he transform his place in the hearts of everyday Chinese into a bridge between nations?

28 Jan 2018 - 1:26PM

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan is shattering box office records left, right and centre. But can he transform his place in the hearts of everyday Chinese into a bridge between nations?

Meet the Secret Superstar of China, from India: Aamir Khan
The easiest way to lose your life savings in China

Only recently has the government started to crack down on the mostly unregulated online platforms but overly trusting elderly investors are still at risk.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Only recently has the government started to crack down on the mostly unregulated online platforms but overly trusting elderly investors are still at risk.

The easiest way to lose your life savings in China
China’s blind await the year of the guide dog
E-sports: How China’s video gamers went from couch to classroom to career
Why Israel is the new promised land for Chinese investors
Chinese maker of Star Wars robot close to raising US$400m in largest funding round
Films of everyday farm scenes in China may not be Blue Planet but they are taking screens by storm
Artificial intelligence is on the rise in Southeast Asia, helping everyone from fashion designers to rice growers
Are the Chinese falling out of love with McDonald’s?
What’s stopping the Chinese from saying ‘I do’ to a prenup?
Guess what Chinese travellers are bringing back home? VPNs, lots of them

The battle between China’s government censors and internet users is far from over, despite the fact that Beijing has successfully killed many domestic VPN apps and brought an American tech giant to its feet.

6 Oct 2017 - 10:12PM

The battle between China’s government censors and internet users is far from over, despite the fact that Beijing has successfully killed many domestic VPN apps and brought an American tech giant to its feet.

Guess what Chinese travellers are bringing back home? VPNs, lots of them
Artificial Intelligence: the doctors Chinese patients can’t beat up
E-commerce to bike shares: How Chinese firms went from copycat to copy that

Silicon Valley take note: in everything from mobile payment systems to news apps, businesses across Southeast Asia look to a new horizon for inspiration – China

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Silicon Valley take note: in everything from mobile payment systems to news apps, businesses across Southeast Asia look to a new horizon for inspiration – China

E-commerce to bike shares: How Chinese firms went from copycat to copy that