China’s Hollywood influence remains firm despite rejected changes in Top Gun: Maverick and Lightyear. Hollywood studios’ exposure to China and desire for access to its box office mean films will keep tiptoeing around Beijing’s sensitivities for years to come.
The industry’s long-term viability is being challenged amid new censorship guidelines, worries that expressions of local identity can be seen as unpatriotic, and a dearth of actors, who now face increased pressure to prove their patriotism.
In this edition of Global Impact, we take a look at the ever-widening global semiconductor shortage. Calls for “self-sufficiency” and “supply chain security” are not new, but the effect of recent developments on production and jobs has forced more politicians and policy makers to sit up and take notice.
TSMC founder’s call for Taiwan to hold onto its chip expertise highlights the extent of poaching by mainland rivals, and whether those crossing the strait are seen as traitors or patriots.
Redundancy is essential for safety in aircraft, but the chip industry abandoned a similar concept long ago because it was too costly. That means we all have to live with recurring shortages in semiconductors whenever there are supply chain shocks.
Last year, Chinese companies spent almost US$32 billion buying chip-making gear from foreign suppliers. Some of that money might have been better spent on R&D.
2020 will bid farewell to the Huawei we knew as it faces the reality of losing global leadership in smartphones and 5G due to US sanctions. What will the reborn Huawei look like?
Semiconductors are crucial in the race for tech supremacy but the national plans put forward by China and the US are both likely to fail – for different reasons
The Chinese have proven to be world class entrepreneurs but when it comes to innovation and the ability to go global, they are held back by their own government.
Since 1997, the fortunes of Hong Kong’s filmmakers have been tied to the lucrative mainland Chinese market. There was always a thin line separating the films that could be made on either side of the border. The security law erases that line.
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei faces a tough choice: fight the US to the bitter end, or withdraw from 5G and live to fight another day
The US can control China’s access to advanced chip design and manufacturing, but extending the ban beyond Huawei would come at great cost to American tech firms.
Global disruptions like the novel coronavirus are often the catalyst for new technologies but we won’t foresee them in advance if history is any guide
Washington’s strategy of diplomatic pressure to block Huawei from next generation wireless networks has had mixed results but with its stranglehold on silicon technology, the US does not need diplomacy to stop the Chinese company’s 5G rise
The double whammy of the US-China trade war and the coronavirus outbreak might provide the jolt needed to accelerate a shift to smartphones 2.0
Decades ago, Taiwan bet big on semiconductors to keep itself afloat, producing an industry powerhouse in the process. Now, as development focuses on AI and 5G – technologies at the heart of the current US-China tech war – chip manufacturers on the island may be forced to choose sides.
The crown jewel of Chinese tech will need more than its vaunted ‘wolf culture’ to stay innovative, given the US freeze on technologies that are key to reaching the top of the smartphone game.
China’s leadership has done well to play down the ambitious plan, not just because of the trade war but also because it has become harder to acquire foreign technology, making official targets more difficult to achieve.
Case study from 18 years ago may provide lessons for Chinese telecoms company that has been denied access to US technology.
If there was any doubt Donald Trump would build a wall if elected, it was put to rest at the start of the first US presidential debate this week. Not a Mexican border wall though, but a Chinese one.
I am disappointed that the University of Hong Kong has dropped more than 20 places in the world top 200 university rankings.
I refer to the report ("Kindergartens prepare for huge mainland influx", October 11) about parents flocking to kindergartens, especially in North District, for application forms.
I am furious at Mr Jake van der Kamp's suggestion ("Journalists out of line with Aquino", October 10) that Hong Kong people should leave behind us the cold-blooded killing of eight Hong Kong tourists in Manila and the gross mishandling by the Philippine government three years ago.
We have never had a scientist in Hong Kong receiving the Shaw Prize, yet the award originated in our city. So why is that? I think the issue is twofold. The first one is the public attitude towards scientific research. The second issue is the lack of government support.