Craig Addison

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Craig Addison

Copy Editor, Technology

Craig Addison has covered Asia technology since 1992. He joined the Post in 2013.

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Opinion | How the national security law is hastening the demise of Hong Kong cinema

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.

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.

24 Sep 2021 - 8:56AM
Widening chip shortage forces global leaders to sit up and take notice

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.

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.

17 May 2021 - 2:00PM
Opinion | Are Taiwan’s job-hopping chip engineers traitors or patriots?

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.

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.

28 Apr 2021 - 6:00AM
Opinion | Why the semiconductor shortage hitting cars and smartphones won’t be the last

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.

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.

22 Mar 2021 - 6:00AM
Opinion | Is China a sucker for spending billions on foreign semiconductor equipment?

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.

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.

8 Feb 2021 - 10:44AM
Opinion | US sanctions killed the old Huawei. What will the reborn one look like?

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?

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?

30 Dec 2020 - 5:24AM
Opinion | China’s semiconductor quest is likely to fail, leaving rapprochement with US the only way out

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

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

13 Oct 2020 - 7:15AM
Opinion | Beijing, at one time a helping hand, is now hurting China’s tech chances

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.

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.

8 Sep 2020 - 6:15AM
Opinion | Why Hong Kong’s independent film industry will lose its identity under the national security law

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.

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.

27 Aug 2020 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Could Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei give up on 5G to keep the company alive?

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

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

25 Jul 2020 - 6:35AM
Opinion | Why Beijing’s new tech master plan will make it more dependent on the US, not less

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.

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.

23 May 2020 - 6:36AM
Opinion | The coronavirus pandemic may seed the next big thing in tech – and you’ll never guess what it is

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

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

27 Apr 2020 - 2:35PM
Opinion | How the US president could end Huawei’s global 5G shipments with the stroke of a pen

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

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

12 Mar 2020 - 6:30AM
Opinion | Why the coronavirus outbreak may hasten the demise of the smartphone as we know it

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

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

14 Feb 2020 - 5:36PM
The View | Why Taiwan’s role will be crucial in next phase of the US-China tech war

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.

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.

7 Nov 2019 - 4:50AM
Opinion | The trade war could leave Huawei smartphones frozen in time without core technology from the US

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.

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.

12 Jun 2019 - 9:30AM
The View | Why the Made in China 2025 road map to hi-tech supremacy will miss its deadline

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.

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.

2 Oct 2018 - 10:45PM
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Opinion | Why US sanctions on ZTE might turn out to be the best thing for China’s microchip ambitions

Case study from 18 years ago may provide lessons for Chinese telecoms company that has been denied access to US technology.

Case study from 18 years ago may provide lessons for Chinese telecoms company that has been denied access to US technology.

20 Apr 2018 - 10:14AM
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5 Jun 2017 - 7:59AM
Why Donald Trump’s wall will be around China, not Mexico

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.

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.

10 Nov 2016 - 10:29AM
Letters to the Editor, October 20, 2013

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 refer to the report ("Kindergartens prepare for huge mainland influx", October 11) about parents flocking to kindergartens, especially in North District, for application forms.

20 Oct 2013 - 6:31AM
HKU can improve its world ranking by luring elite students

I am disappointed that the University of Hong Kong has dropped more than 20 places in the world top 200 university rankings.

I am disappointed that the University of Hong Kong has dropped more than 20 places in the world top 200 university rankings.

20 Oct 2013 - 6:31AM
Letters to the Editor, October 18, 2013

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.

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.

18 Oct 2013 - 12:37PM
Negative public view of research leaves our scientists undervalued

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.

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.

18 Oct 2013 - 3:09AM