Minghe Hu

Beijing

Minghe Hu

Reporter, Technology

Minghe Hu joined the Post in 2019 covering artificial intelligence and science in China. She graduated from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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China fines Meituan less-than-expected US$530 million for monopolistic behaviour, ending five-month antitrust probe

The fine concludes a five-month antitrust investigation into the on-demand services provider, as Beijing continues its campaign to rein in the activities of Big Tech companies.

The fine concludes a five-month antitrust investigation into the on-demand services provider, as Beijing continues its campaign to rein in the activities of Big Tech companies.

China fines Meituan less-than-expected US$530 million for monopolistic behaviour, ending five-month antitrust probe
8 Oct 2021 - 11:04PM
Meng Wanzhou has weathered the storm and returned home but have the clouds lifted for Huawei?

Meng’s release has lifted spirits at the company but analysts question whether it signals a real shift in Huawei’s fortunes amid simmering US-China tech tensions.

Meng’s release has lifted spirits at the company but analysts question whether it signals a real shift in Huawei’s fortunes amid simmering US-China tech tensions.

Meng Wanzhou has weathered the storm and returned home but have the clouds lifted for Huawei?
1 Oct 2021 - 8:00PM
Chinese tech moguls pledge support for Xi Jinping’s ‘common prosperity’ drive at the World Internet Conference

The CEOs of Alibaba and Xiaomi showed up at the World Internet Conference to pledge support for Xi Jinping’s ‘common prosperity’ drive by helping small and medium-sized businesses.

The CEOs of Alibaba and Xiaomi showed up at the World Internet Conference to pledge support for Xi Jinping’s ‘common prosperity’ drive by helping small and medium-sized businesses.

Chinese tech moguls pledge support for Xi Jinping’s ‘common prosperity’ drive at the World Internet Conference
26 Sep 2021 - 10:53PM
Didi Chuxing’s ride-hailing orders fall in August as Beijing’s data security investigation starts to bite

Ride-hailing orders for Didi fell 21.1 per cent in August from the previous month, a steeper decline than the industry’s overall 17.2 per cent decrease in the same period.

Ride-hailing orders for Didi fell 21.1 per cent in August from the previous month, a steeper decline than the industry’s overall 17.2 per cent decrease in the same period.

Didi Chuxing’s ride-hailing orders fall in August as Beijing’s data security investigation starts to bite
17 Sep 2021 - 10:18PM
China targets unlicensed ride-hailing drivers and vehicles amid Didi investigation

The Ministry of Transport orders local authorities to enforce driver and vehicle licensing requirements, as Didi rivals scramble for market share.

The Ministry of Transport orders local authorities to enforce driver and vehicle licensing requirements, as Didi rivals scramble for market share.

China targets unlicensed ride-hailing drivers and vehicles amid Didi investigation
9 Sep 2021 - 9:34PM
Chinese tech tycoons’ retreat spurs speculation about true motives amid controversies and Big Tech crackdown

JD.com’s Richard Liu recently joined the founders of ByteDance and Pinduoduo in stepping aside from day-to-day management, but some wonder whether they are really motivated by other interests.

JD.com’s Richard Liu recently joined the founders of ByteDance and Pinduoduo in stepping aside from day-to-day management, but some wonder whether they are really motivated by other interests.

Chinese tech tycoons’ retreat spurs speculation about true motives amid controversies and Big Tech crackdown
11 Oct 2021 - 5:17PM
JD.com CEO Richard Liu hands over reins of presidency for his e-commerce empire as crackdown on tech titans drags on

Richard Liu Qiangdong has become the latest tech entrepreneur to step down from a leadership position to focus on other efforts aligning with Beijing’s interests.

Richard Liu Qiangdong has become the latest tech entrepreneur to step down from a leadership position to focus on other efforts aligning with Beijing’s interests.

JD.com CEO Richard Liu hands over reins of presidency for his e-commerce empire as crackdown on tech titans drags on
21 Sep 2021 - 1:36PM
Why Meituan remains wedded to community group buying despite mounting losses and rising regulatory heat

Meituan’s CEO has repeatedly warned investors of more losses to come in the next quarter as the company continues to invest in the sector to seize market share.

Meituan’s CEO has repeatedly warned investors of more losses to come in the next quarter as the company continues to invest in the sector to seize market share.

Why Meituan remains wedded to community group buying despite mounting losses and rising regulatory heat
1 Sep 2021 - 7:30AM
No more fake Chanel as China tightens regulations even further on counterfeit e-commerce sales

Proposed updates to the country’s e-commerce law promise much harsher punishments for operators found selling fake products online.

Proposed updates to the country’s e-commerce law promise much harsher punishments for operators found selling fake products online.

No more fake Chanel as China tightens regulations even further on counterfeit e-commerce sales
31 Aug 2021 - 9:00PM
Meituan posts 77 per cent quarterly revenue growth despite concerns over antitrust investigation

China’s largest food delivery and on-demand local services provider posted second-quarter revenue of US$6.8 billion.

China’s largest food delivery and on-demand local services provider posted second-quarter revenue of US$6.8 billion.

Meituan posts 77 per cent quarterly revenue growth despite concerns over antitrust investigation
31 Aug 2021 - 8:01AM
Didi Chuxing pushes ahead with hiring for its own car unit despite cybersecurity probe, sources say

Beijing-based company has opened over 100 vacancies for the unit since the end of last month, including design, engineering and procurement.

Beijing-based company has opened over 100 vacancies for the unit since the end of last month, including design, engineering and procurement.

Didi Chuxing pushes ahead with hiring for its own car unit despite cybersecurity probe, sources say
25 Aug 2021 - 11:59PM
Didi’s ride-hailing dominance grows in China despite cybersecurity crackdown from Beijing

Ride-hailing orders on Didi rose 13.1 per cent in July, above total industry growth, showing Beijing’s crackdown has done little to shake the company’s dominance.

Ride-hailing orders on Didi rose 13.1 per cent in July, above total industry growth, showing Beijing’s crackdown has done little to shake the company’s dominance.

Didi’s ride-hailing dominance grows in China despite cybersecurity crackdown from Beijing
19 Aug 2021 - 10:42PM
Why Didi’s regulatory pain does not mean immediate gains for its smaller rivals in China’s ride-hailing market

Didi remains the most stable source of orders and the app also allows drivers to set their direction and distance preferences, giving it an advantage.

Didi remains the most stable source of orders and the app also allows drivers to set their direction and distance preferences, giving it an advantage.

Why Didi’s regulatory pain does not mean immediate gains for its smaller rivals in China’s ride-hailing market
19 Aug 2021 - 12:26PM
China’s carbon neutral goal: Beijing-led alliance aiming to commercialise hydrogen vehicles vies for state subsidies
17 Aug 2021 - 9:50PM
Didi’s business slows from break-neck pace as on-site probes by China’s cybersecurity regulators gum up operations

Employees of Didi Chuxing have been forced to make demands from regulators their top priority as the ride-hailing giant seeks to get its app back into Chinese app stores.

Employees of Didi Chuxing have been forced to make demands from regulators their top priority as the ride-hailing giant seeks to get its app back into Chinese app stores.

Didi’s business slows from break-neck pace as on-site probes by China’s cybersecurity regulators gum up operations
19 Aug 2021 - 11:02AM
Didi announces first, albeit delayed, update of its ride-hailing app since Beijing ban and cybersecurity probe

Didi introduces breakdown of drivers income after criticism over lack of transparency on pricing and fee sharing.

Didi introduces breakdown of drivers income after criticism over lack of transparency on pricing and fee sharing.

Didi announces first, albeit delayed, update of its ride-hailing app since Beijing ban and cybersecurity probe
16 Aug 2021 - 10:58PM
China should tighten its grip on video games that distort history, says the country’s top radio broadcaster

China’s regulators should tighten their grip on video games to avoid historical misrepresentations, according to the country's top radio broadcaster.

China’s regulators should tighten their grip on video games to avoid historical misrepresentations, according to the country's top radio broadcaster.

China should tighten its grip on video games that distort history, says the country’s top radio broadcaster
31 Aug 2021 - 7:58PM
Xiaomi removes antitheft feature from flagship phone just days after launch

The removal of the feature is the latest case to show the growing complexity and difficulty in navigating China’s data and privacy regulatory landscape, even for a local company.

The removal of the feature is the latest case to show the growing complexity and difficulty in navigating China’s data and privacy regulatory landscape, even for a local company.

Xiaomi removes antitheft feature from flagship phone just days after launch
14 Aug 2021 - 3:30PM
Richard Liu’s JD.com to become China’s first e-commerce company with its own airline

JD.com is forming an air cargo joint venture with Nantong Airport Group and will contribute 75 per cent of its starting capital.

JD.com is forming an air cargo joint venture with Nantong Airport Group and will contribute 75 per cent of its starting capital.

Richard Liu’s JD.com to become China’s first e-commerce company with its own airline
5 Aug 2021 - 8:15AM
China’s Big Tech crackdown: Will Beijing’s efforts kill the country’s most vibrant economic sector?

Investors ranging from venture capitalists to secondary market investors are all trying to second-guess what is coming next from Chinese regulators.

Investors ranging from venture capitalists to secondary market investors are all trying to second-guess what is coming next from Chinese regulators.

China’s Big Tech crackdown: Will Beijing’s efforts kill the country’s most vibrant economic sector?
31 Jul 2021 - 10:00AM
China’s transport ministry puts more pressure on Didi with strong words on regulation and compliance

The statement did not name Didi directly but the tone was tough compared with comments in the wake of a March meeting.

The statement did not name Didi directly but the tone was tough compared with comments in the wake of a March meeting.

China’s transport ministry puts more pressure on Didi with strong words on regulation and compliance
31 Jul 2021 - 3:01AM
China’s ban on private tutoring may create a black market as demand for education services remains high

China’s ban of private tutoring for children has put an abrupt end to a once-bustling industry but may actually create a black market that could significantly push up prices as demand will remain stable.

China’s ban of private tutoring for children has put an abrupt end to a once-bustling industry but may actually create a black market that could significantly push up prices as demand will remain stable.

China’s ban on private tutoring may create a black market as demand for education services remains high
5 Aug 2021 - 12:15PM
China bans off-campus tutoring in education overhaul that sets off market rout among dozens of listed edtech platforms

The booming industry has added to the costs of young households, contributing to a financial burden that has dissuaded families from having more children, even as the government abandoned its one-child policy population control.

The booming industry has added to the costs of young households, contributing to a financial burden that has dissuaded families from having more children, even as the government abandoned its one-child policy population control.

China bans off-campus tutoring in education overhaul that sets off market rout among dozens of listed edtech platforms
24 Jul 2021 - 8:13PM
Forbes China names Alibaba founder Jack Ma country’s most generous entrepreneur in 2020, as tech giants top charity list

Jack Ma and fellow tech titans were among China’s most charitable entrepreneurs for 2020, a year that ended with Big Tech companies facing increased scrutiny from Beijing regulators.

Jack Ma and fellow tech titans were among China’s most charitable entrepreneurs for 2020, a year that ended with Big Tech companies facing increased scrutiny from Beijing regulators.

Forbes China names Alibaba founder Jack Ma country’s most generous entrepreneur in 2020, as tech giants top charity list
21 Jul 2021 - 10:18PM
Beijing’s crackdown spells tough times for Tencent-backed Yuanfudao, other off-campus tutoring providers

Beijing’s scrutiny of the US$112 billion off-campus tutoring market has prompted some firms to realign their operations, while others explore prospects in overseas markets.

Beijing’s scrutiny of the US$112 billion off-campus tutoring market has prompted some firms to realign their operations, while others explore prospects in overseas markets.

Beijing’s crackdown spells tough times for Tencent-backed Yuanfudao, other off-campus tutoring providers
17 Jul 2021 - 10:00AM
Chongqing’s outspoken ex-mayor speaks his mind about China’s Big Tech companies, offering peek into Beijing’s thinking

Former Chongqing mayor Huang Qifan warned that business models relying on harvesting data and taking advantage of human weakness will not work under tighter Beijing regulations in the future.

Former Chongqing mayor Huang Qifan warned that business models relying on harvesting data and taking advantage of human weakness will not work under tighter Beijing regulations in the future.

Chongqing’s outspoken ex-mayor speaks his mind about China’s Big Tech companies, offering peek into Beijing’s thinking
19 Jul 2021 - 3:30PM
Beijing has started on-site cybersecurity inspection of Didi Chuxing after the company ‘forced its way’ to a New York listing

Seven Chinese central government departments have begun an on-site cybersecurity inspection of ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing.

Seven Chinese central government departments have begun an on-site cybersecurity inspection of ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing.

Beijing has started on-site cybersecurity inspection of Didi Chuxing after the company ‘forced its way’ to a New York listing
16 Jul 2021 - 11:27PM
Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com to increase employee pay by 14 per cent over next two years

Online retail giant JD.com plans to give all its 370,000 employees a 14 per cent pay rise over the next two years in a show of financial strength as rivals face regulatory scrutiny.

Online retail giant JD.com plans to give all its 370,000 employees a 14 per cent pay rise over the next two years in a show of financial strength as rivals face regulatory scrutiny.

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com to increase employee pay by 14 per cent over next two years
13 Jul 2021 - 9:28PM
Meituan quietly revives its stand-alone ride-hailing app as Didi Chuxing faces regulatory storm

Meituan looks to take advantage of Didi’s regulatory woes by also including other small players in China’s ride-hailing market on its app.

Meituan looks to take advantage of Didi’s regulatory woes by also including other small players in China’s ride-hailing market on its app.

Meituan quietly revives its stand-alone ride-hailing app as Didi Chuxing faces regulatory storm
15 Jul 2021 - 5:43PM
China’s regulators suspect Didi’s US listing was ‘deliberate act of deceit’, a portrayal that shows severity of mistrust, sources say

The crux of the controversy, which has wiped off about US$23 billion off Didi’s capitalisation from its July 1 high, was a misinterpretation over the clarity and forcefulness of the CAC’s instruction for Didi to postpone its New York listing.

The crux of the controversy, which has wiped off about US$23 billion off Didi’s capitalisation from its July 1 high, was a misinterpretation over the clarity and forcefulness of the CAC’s instruction for Didi to postpone its New York listing.

China’s regulators suspect Didi’s US listing was ‘deliberate act of deceit’, a portrayal that shows severity of mistrust, sources say
3 Aug 2021 - 7:00PM