Sarah Dai

Beijing

Sarah Dai

Senior Reporter, Technology

Sarah Dai is a senior technology reporter with the Post. Based in Beijing, she has been following China’s AI champions since 2017, with industry focuses on security, autonomous driving, healthcare and data analytics. Previously, she worked as financial correspondent for Caixin Media in Hong Kong for more than two years and wrote for China Daily in Beijing and London.

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Can China’s fledgling semiconductor industry rescue Huawei from tighter US tech sanctions?

With Washington shutting the door on foreign chip suppliers who use US technology to produce semiconductors for Huawei, can domestic Chinese firms meet its needs?

25 Jun 2020 - 10:05PM

With Washington shutting the door on foreign chip suppliers who use US technology to produce semiconductors for Huawei, can domestic Chinese firms meet its needs?

Can China’s fledgling semiconductor industry rescue Huawei from tighter US tech sanctions?
UK chip firm Arm wrestles for control of Chinese joint venture amid public boardroom spat

The power tussle has emerged at a delicate time for Arm amid rising tech tensions between the US and China and Washington’s campaign against Huawei.

12 Jun 2020 - 9:14PM

The power tussle has emerged at a delicate time for Arm amid rising tech tensions between the US and China and Washington’s campaign against Huawei.

UK chip firm Arm wrestles for control of Chinese joint venture amid public boardroom spat
Why 5G is considered an essential element in China’s autonomous driving road map

While 5G is not essential for achieving fully autonomous driving, in China it is seen as playing an important role in handling noncore computing tasks and enhancing safety

11 Jun 2020 - 10:29PM

While 5G is not essential for achieving fully autonomous driving, in China it is seen as playing an important role in handling noncore computing tasks and enhancing safety

Why 5G is considered an essential element in China’s autonomous driving road map
China’s ride hailing giant Didi Chuxing hiring truck drivers for push into on-demand freight market

Didi’s foray into logistics is set to further intensify competition in an already crowded market dominated by established industry leaders like Manbang, Huolala and Kuaigou

3 Jun 2020 - 12:29PM

Didi’s foray into logistics is set to further intensify competition in an already crowded market dominated by established industry leaders like Manbang, Huolala and Kuaigou

China’s ride hailing giant Didi Chuxing hiring truck drivers for push into on-demand freight market
Sequoia Capital China’s Neil Shen and Softbank Vision Fund partner quit board roles at Qihoo 360

Last month Qihoo was put on a US trade blacklist along with 32 Chinese companies and government organisations, upping the stakes in an escalating US-China tech stand-off.

2 Jun 2020 - 6:12PM

Last month Qihoo was put on a US trade blacklist along with 32 Chinese companies and government organisations, upping the stakes in an escalating US-China tech stand-off.

Sequoia Capital China’s Neil Shen and Softbank Vision Fund partner quit board roles at Qihoo 360
China’s Tesla challenger Xpeng said to be preparing for US listing as country’s EV industry fights slowdown

While some domestic EV makers are struggling, Xpeng managed to raise US$400 million in new financing last year, according to the company.

2 Jun 2020 - 1:22PM

While some domestic EV makers are struggling, Xpeng managed to raise US$400 million in new financing last year, according to the company.

China’s Tesla challenger Xpeng said to be preparing for US listing as country’s EV industry fights slowdown
Didi Chuxing raises US$500 million for self-driving unit in funding round led by SoftBank

Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp led the funding round, which marks the single largest investment in China’s autonomous driving sector.

29 May 2020 - 9:00PM

Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp led the funding round, which marks the single largest investment in China’s autonomous driving sector.

Didi Chuxing raises US$500 million for self-driving unit in funding round led by SoftBank
Chinese tech leader says AI can play a role in Beijing’s goal of eliminating poverty

Liu Qingfeng, chairman of Chinese AI champion iFlyTek, says AI technology can play a vital role in lifting China out of poverty by leveling the uneven distribution of resources

29 May 2020 - 4:30PM

Liu Qingfeng, chairman of Chinese AI champion iFlyTek, says AI technology can play a vital role in lifting China out of poverty by leveling the uneven distribution of resources

Chinese tech leader says AI can play a role in Beijing’s goal of eliminating poverty
China’s voice recognition king iFlyTek goes against the grain with forecast that offline sales will grow more

iFlyTek’s sales approach goes against the grain of the current move by many merchants to take their business and sales online amid Covid-19

28 May 2020 - 10:54PM

iFlyTek’s sales approach goes against the grain of the current move by many merchants to take their business and sales online amid Covid-19

China’s voice recognition king iFlyTek goes against the grain with forecast that offline sales will grow more
Coding should be part of basic education for Chinese kids, NetEase CEO Ding Lei says

China should include computer programming in its basic education curriculum to support its ambitions of becoming a tech powerhouse in areas such as artificial intelligence, NetEase founder and chief executive Ding Lei proposes.

21 May 2020 - 9:46PM

China should include computer programming in its basic education curriculum to support its ambitions of becoming a tech powerhouse in areas such as artificial intelligence, NetEase founder and chief executive Ding Lei proposes.

Coding should be part of basic education for Chinese kids, NetEase CEO Ding Lei says
Baidu chief calls for coordinated Chinese government approach for personal data collected during pandemic

To reduce the risks of data leakage and abuse, Baidu chief executive Robin Li proposes that Chinese government bodies work together on a coordinated approach to manage personal data collected during the pandemic.

21 May 2020 - 6:45AM

To reduce the risks of data leakage and abuse, Baidu chief executive Robin Li proposes that Chinese government bodies work together on a coordinated approach to manage personal data collected during the pandemic.

Baidu chief calls for coordinated Chinese government approach for personal data collected during pandemic
Alibaba-backed Xpeng gets go-ahead to assemble its own electric cars, heating up Tesla challenge

Tesla challenger Xpeng has opened a highly automated plant in southern Guangdong province that will assemble its new P7 electric sports car, the first Level 3 autonomous driving-ready production vehicle to be released in China.

19 May 2020 - 10:56PM

Tesla challenger Xpeng has opened a highly automated plant in southern Guangdong province that will assemble its new P7 electric sports car, the first Level 3 autonomous driving-ready production vehicle to be released in China.

Alibaba-backed Xpeng gets go-ahead to assemble its own electric cars, heating up Tesla challenge
Couples in Xian, China will soon be able to register their marriages with face scans

By end-September, all marriage registries in Xian will have automated terminals where couples can obtain their marriage certificates by scanning their faces, as part of the country’s overall push to digitalise services.

14 May 2020 - 10:25PM

By end-September, all marriage registries in Xian will have automated terminals where couples can obtain their marriage certificates by scanning their faces, as part of the country’s overall push to digitalise services.

Couples in Xian, China will soon be able to register their marriages with face scans
Chinese internet giant Baidu invests US$70.5 million in live streaming amid coronavirus-led boom

Baidu says it will promote live-streaming services more actively – competing with established players like Douyin and Kuaishou – and hopes to cultivate 1,000 live-streaming stars.

14 May 2020 - 7:01AM

Baidu says it will promote live-streaming services more actively – competing with established players like Douyin and Kuaishou – and hopes to cultivate 1,000 live-streaming stars.

Chinese internet giant Baidu invests US$70.5 million in live streaming amid coronavirus-led boom
Beijing adopts smart wristbands for real-time fever detection of students as schools reopen after coronavirus lockdown

Final-year students returning to class wear the smart wristband during school hours for real-time fever detection as part of effort to minimise further outbreaks of coronavirus

11 May 2020 - 5:55PM

Final-year students returning to class wear the smart wristband during school hours for real-time fever detection as part of effort to minimise further outbreaks of coronavirus

Beijing adopts smart wristbands for real-time fever detection of students as schools reopen after coronavirus lockdown
E-commerce, live-streaming help drive recovery in China’s retail scene amid coronavirus slump

Online sales on e-commerce platforms surged, with live-streamed sales events doing especially well, despite dampened consumer sentiment due to the coronavirus pandemic, China’s Ministry of Commerce said.

9 May 2020 - 6:44AM

Online sales on e-commerce platforms surged, with live-streamed sales events doing especially well, despite dampened consumer sentiment due to the coronavirus pandemic, China’s Ministry of Commerce said.

E-commerce, live-streaming help drive recovery in China’s retail scene amid coronavirus slump
Didi boss Jean Liu says core business profitable, as China’s ride-hailing market recovers from Covid-19

Didi’s ride volume in China has reached 60 to 70 per cent of pre-coronavirus levels and is five times its February low, president Jean Liu Qing says.

7 May 2020 - 12:42PM

Didi’s ride volume in China has reached 60 to 70 per cent of pre-coronavirus levels and is five times its February low, president Jean Liu Qing says.

Didi boss Jean Liu says core business profitable, as China’s ride-hailing market recovers from Covid-19
Didi Chuxing resumes all services in Wuhan as China’s ride-hailing sector hits restart button

China’s largest ride-hailing operator has restored its taxi-hailing, on-demand private car, Hitch carpooling and designated driving services in Wuhan amid government efforts to revive the country’s economy after the outbreak.

30 Apr 2020 - 10:29PM

China’s largest ride-hailing operator has restored its taxi-hailing, on-demand private car, Hitch carpooling and designated driving services in Wuhan amid government efforts to revive the country’s economy after the outbreak.

Didi Chuxing resumes all services in Wuhan as China’s ride-hailing sector hits restart button
What next for China’s Huawei with Trump upping the ante and the Covid-19 crisis gripping the world?

The urgent challenge for Huawei is how it continues to navigate the US decision to add it to a trade blacklist last year – which has meant re-engineering its supply chains.

12 May 2020 - 11:57AM

The urgent challenge for Huawei is how it continues to navigate the US decision to add it to a trade blacklist last year – which has meant re-engineering its supply chains.

What next for China’s Huawei with Trump upping the ante and the Covid-19 crisis gripping the world?
Cash-strapped electric carmaker NIO obtains US$1 billion lifeline from strategic investors

The deal calls for NIO, hailed as one of China’s main Tesla challengers, to transfer its core businesses and assets into a new company that will be headquartered in Hefei, capital of eastern Anhui province.

29 Apr 2020 - 8:49PM

The deal calls for NIO, hailed as one of China’s main Tesla challengers, to transfer its core businesses and assets into a new company that will be headquartered in Hefei, capital of eastern Anhui province.

Cash-strapped electric carmaker NIO obtains US$1 billion lifeline from strategic investors
Xpeng bets big on P7 sports car to help drive turnaround in China’s EV market, challenge Tesla

Chinese EV maker Xpeng’s second production model, after the G3 launched in 2018, is expected to intensify the company’s rivalry with Tesla in the world’s largest car market.

29 Apr 2020 - 3:18PM

Chinese EV maker Xpeng’s second production model, after the G3 launched in 2018, is expected to intensify the company’s rivalry with Tesla in the world’s largest car market.

Xpeng bets big on P7 sports car to help drive turnaround in China’s EV market, challenge Tesla
National AI champion SenseTime enters pact with China’s central bank amid digital currency trials

The Digital Currency Research Institute, a unit of the People’s Bank of China that is overseeing development of a new sovereign digital currency, is collaborating with SenseTime to deploy the latest advances in artificial intelligence technology in the country’s financial industry.

27 Apr 2020 - 9:48PM

The Digital Currency Research Institute, a unit of the People’s Bank of China that is overseeing development of a new sovereign digital currency, is collaborating with SenseTime to deploy the latest advances in artificial intelligence technology in the country’s financial industry.

National AI champion SenseTime enters pact with China’s central bank amid digital currency trials
US telcos resigned to Huawei rip-and-replace law but want clarity on Washington’s reimbursement programme

The rural carrier market was one of Huawei’s few successes in the US but a new law, driven by Washington’s national security concerns, means telcos will have to rip out Huawei gear or lose government subsidies.

12 May 2020 - 11:56AM

The rural carrier market was one of Huawei’s few successes in the US but a new law, driven by Washington’s national security concerns, means telcos will have to rip out Huawei gear or lose government subsidies.

US telcos resigned to Huawei rip-and-replace law but want clarity on Washington’s reimbursement programme
AutoX, Alibaba’s AutoNavi roll out robotaxis in Shanghai’s ride-hailing services market

Autonomous driving start-up AutoX is now offering its fleet of robotaxis as part of ride-hailing options on Autonavi’s Amap app, which aggregates mobility services provided by more than 40 companies in China.

27 Apr 2020 - 8:00AM

Autonomous driving start-up AutoX is now offering its fleet of robotaxis as part of ride-hailing options on Autonavi’s Amap app, which aggregates mobility services provided by more than 40 companies in China.

AutoX, Alibaba’s AutoNavi roll out robotaxis in Shanghai’s ride-hailing services market
Chinese EV start-up Byton furloughs staff, cuts pay as pandemic casts doubt on first car delivery

Byton initiated a series of cost-reduction measures this week amid efforts to put on track its main operations in Nanjing, capital of eastern coastal Jiangsu province, where production of its M-Byte electric sport utility vehicle is based.

23 Apr 2020 - 9:47PM

Byton initiated a series of cost-reduction measures this week amid efforts to put on track its main operations in Nanjing, capital of eastern coastal Jiangsu province, where production of its M-Byte electric sport utility vehicle is based.

Chinese EV start-up Byton furloughs staff, cuts pay as pandemic casts doubt on first car delivery
Forgot to switch off the bedroom lights? You could do so while driving in China, with SAIC Volkswagen, JD.com tie-up

SAIC Volkswagen’s Passat cars and other models produced this year will come with JD.com’s smart home services built in, allowing users to control their home appliances while driving.

23 Apr 2020 - 6:48AM

SAIC Volkswagen’s Passat cars and other models produced this year will come with JD.com’s smart home services built in, allowing users to control their home appliances while driving.

Forgot to switch off the bedroom lights? You could do so while driving in China, with SAIC Volkswagen, JD.com tie-up
Shanghai’s free-trade zone will accelerate digital infrastructure push with 5G, IoT and AI tech

The move comes amid wider efforts by Beijing to roll out digital infrastructure backed by emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.

21 Apr 2020 - 3:10PM

The move comes amid wider efforts by Beijing to roll out digital infrastructure backed by emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.

Shanghai’s free-trade zone will accelerate digital infrastructure push with 5G, IoT and AI tech
Chinese internet giant Baidu offers free trial robotaxi rides through search and map apps in Changsha

Baidu is competing with other players like Google’s Waymo, ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing and self-driving start-ups AutoX and Pony.ai to make a driverless future a reality.

21 Apr 2020 - 6:00AM

Baidu is competing with other players like Google’s Waymo, ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing and self-driving start-ups AutoX and Pony.ai to make a driverless future a reality.

Chinese internet giant Baidu offers free trial robotaxi rides through search and map apps in Changsha
How China’s Didi Chuxing quietly grew into a Latin American ride-hailing giant

Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing, which gained a 30 per cent market share in Latin America over the past two years, is now expanding with new services like food deliveries

20 Apr 2020 - 11:31AM

Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing, which gained a 30 per cent market share in Latin America over the past two years, is now expanding with new services like food deliveries

How China’s Didi Chuxing quietly grew into a Latin American ride-hailing giant
China’s Pony.ai rolls out US self-driving delivery service for groceries amid coronavirus lockdown

Self-driving car start-up Pony.ai has launched an autonomous delivery service in California in partnership with e-commerce platform Yamibuy amid the coronavirus lockdown

17 Apr 2020 - 10:38PM

Self-driving car start-up Pony.ai has launched an autonomous delivery service in California in partnership with e-commerce platform Yamibuy amid the coronavirus lockdown

China’s Pony.ai rolls out US self-driving delivery service for groceries amid coronavirus lockdown