Sarah Dai

Sarah Dai, based in Beijing, covers technology and capital flows in the world of start-ups in Greater China. Previously, she worked as financial correspondent for Caixin Media in Hong Kong for over two years and wrote for China Daily in Beijing and London.
Sarah Dai
Sarah Dai, based in Beijing, covers technology and capital flows in the world of start-ups in Greater China. Previously, she worked as financial correspondent for Caixin Media in Hong Kong for over two years and wrote for China Daily in Beijing and London.

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Lenovo denies rumour it has stopped supplying Huawei

Lenovo warned rumormongers it would consider legal action to defend its reputation after online posting sparked backlash

19 May 2019 - 5:04PM

Lenovo warned rumormongers it would consider legal action to defend its reputation after online posting sparked backlash

Lenovo denies rumour it has stopped supplying Huawei
Inside China Tech: How facial recognition technology facilitates China’s surveillance

State surveillance camera makers largely benefited from the rise in demand for the technology after 9/11 terror attacks.

19 May 2019 - 8:25PM

State surveillance camera makers largely benefited from the rise in demand for the technology after 9/11 terror attacks.

Inside China Tech: How facial recognition technology facilitates China’s surveillance
Robin Li issues call to arms as Baidu slumps to first loss since 2005

Baidu posts its first quarterly loss since 2005 IPO as the search giant transitions to new businesses such as autonomous driving

17 May 2019 - 10:39PM

Baidu posts its first quarterly loss since 2005 IPO as the search giant transitions to new businesses such as autonomous driving

Robin Li issues call to arms as Baidu slumps to first loss since 2005
Cities should regulate facial recognition instead of banning it, China’s AI champion SenseTime says

The CEO of the world’s most valuable AI start-up says standard guidelines would help manage how these advanced systems are deployed.

17 May 2019 - 7:00AM

The CEO of the world’s most valuable AI start-up says standard guidelines would help manage how these advanced systems are deployed.

Cities should regulate facial recognition instead of banning it, China’s AI champion SenseTime says
iQiyi, the ‘Netflix of China’, sees opportunities as Chinese audiences move increasingly away from Hollywood fare to embrace local content

China’s largest streaming platform to invest in theatre-quality films to differentiate itself from competitors

17 May 2019 - 5:41PM

China’s largest streaming platform to invest in theatre-quality films to differentiate itself from competitors

iQiyi, the ‘Netflix of China’, sees opportunities as Chinese audiences move increasingly away from Hollywood fare to embrace local content
How 9/11 and China’s plan for blanket surveillance created a wave that CCTV camera makers Hikvision and Dahua rode to huge success

Hangzhou’s Binjiang district is home to three of China’s biggest spy camera makers, which have benefited from the state’s plan to build a national surveillance network.

16 May 2019 - 10:37AM

Hangzhou’s Binjiang district is home to three of China’s biggest spy camera makers, which have benefited from the state’s plan to build a national surveillance network.

How 9/11 and China’s plan for blanket surveillance created a wave that CCTV camera makers Hikvision and Dahua rode to huge success
Chinese electric carmaker Xpeng the latest to jump into ride-hailing despite ongoing losses at market leader Didi

Xpeng received a ride-hailing licence from Guangzhou authorities on Monday and could start trial services as early as this month

15 May 2019 - 4:15PM

Xpeng received a ride-hailing licence from Guangzhou authorities on Monday and could start trial services as early as this month

Chinese electric carmaker Xpeng the latest to jump into ride-hailing despite ongoing losses at market leader Didi
Lazada extends e-commerce edge in Southeast Asia despite lull in overall visits to site

The region has often been named as the next big e-commerce market to crack after China, with a young and increasingly affluent population

13 May 2019 - 9:06AM

The region has often been named as the next big e-commerce market to crack after China, with a young and increasingly affluent population

Lazada extends e-commerce edge in Southeast Asia despite lull in overall visits to site
Chinese AI unicorn Megvii raises US$750 million ahead of planned IPO

Backers of the D round included Bank of China Group Investment, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Macquarie Group and ICBC Asset Management

10 May 2019 - 2:44PM

Backers of the D round included Bank of China Group Investment, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Macquarie Group and ICBC Asset Management

Chinese AI unicorn Megvii raises US$750 million ahead of planned IPO
Job disruption in AI era likely to catch Asian governments by surprise, says MIT report

Asia’s employment landscape becoming ‘increasingly polarised’ with a growing number of workers excluded from the value creation side of AI, says MIT report

8 May 2019 - 9:00AM

Asia’s employment landscape becoming ‘increasingly polarised’ with a growing number of workers excluded from the value creation side of AI, says MIT report

Job disruption in AI era likely to catch Asian governments by surprise, says MIT report
China’s latest tech export: an Arabic-speaking, AI-powered news anchor from Sogou

The Chinese online search operator’s deal with Abu Dhabi Media represents the first time its AI news anchor technology is being adopted by an international media organisation.

30 Apr 2019 - 7:00AM

The Chinese online search operator’s deal with Abu Dhabi Media represents the first time its AI news anchor technology is being adopted by an international media organisation.

China’s latest tech export: an Arabic-speaking, AI-powered news anchor from Sogou
Didi reveals it is still making losses on many fares charged in China as it discloses costs breakdown

The disclosure comes as privately-owned Didi moves to enhance transparency in the wake of two passenger deaths and greater regulatory scrutiny.

24 Apr 2019 - 12:53PM

The disclosure comes as privately-owned Didi moves to enhance transparency in the wake of two passenger deaths and greater regulatory scrutiny.

Didi reveals it is still making losses on many fares charged in China as it discloses costs breakdown
China’s satellite navigation system Beidou expected to generate $298 billion services market by 2020

The expected rapid expansion comes as China challenges the dominance of the US-led GPS amid wider efforts to become a global leader in space and related technologies

15 Apr 2019 - 10:14PM

The expected rapid expansion comes as China challenges the dominance of the US-led GPS amid wider efforts to become a global leader in space and related technologies

China’s satellite navigation system Beidou expected to generate $298 billion services market by 2020
Artificial intelligence cannot replace me yet, says Esquire magazine editor

The magazine world is characterised by larger-than-life editors who stamp their personalities onto the titles they lead. But what if machines can do some of that job?

11 Apr 2019 - 6:00AM

The magazine world is characterised by larger-than-life editors who stamp their personalities onto the titles they lead. But what if machines can do some of that job?

Artificial intelligence cannot replace me yet, says Esquire magazine editor
Hong Kong-listed hotelier Shangri-La to open sixth property in Beijing at 2022 Winter Olympics site

Hong Kong-listed luxury hotel and resort chain operator Shangri-La Group unveiled plans for a 300-room hotel next to venues for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

29 Mar 2019 - 1:27AM

Hong Kong-listed luxury hotel and resort chain operator Shangri-La Group unveiled plans for a 300-room hotel next to venues for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Hong Kong-listed hotelier Shangri-La to open sixth property in Beijing at 2022 Winter Olympics site
A look at China’s Kunlun, whose ownership of gay dating app Grindr is seen as a national security risk by the US

Intervention by US national security panel may now force Beijing Kunlun Tech to sell popular gay dating service Grindr.

28 Mar 2019 - 12:04PM

Intervention by US national security panel may now force Beijing Kunlun Tech to sell popular gay dating service Grindr.

A look at China’s Kunlun, whose ownership of gay dating app Grindr is seen as a national security risk by the US
Life as one of China’s 13 million ‘deadbeats’ means slow trains, special ring tones

‘Discredited individuals’ in China are barred from taking high-speed trains and flights as part of the country’s efforts to adopt a carrot-and-stick approach to building trustworthiness.

26 Mar 2019 - 11:44AM

‘Discredited individuals’ in China are barred from taking high-speed trains and flights as part of the country’s efforts to adopt a carrot-and-stick approach to building trustworthiness.

Life as one of China’s 13 million ‘deadbeats’ means slow trains, special ring tones
Alibaba to step up cloud computing expansion amid growing global demand

Subsidiary Alibaba Cloud, which turns 10 this year, has become the e-commerce giant’s main business development focus.

21 Mar 2019 - 10:51PM

Subsidiary Alibaba Cloud, which turns 10 this year, has become the e-commerce giant’s main business development focus.

Alibaba to step up cloud computing expansion amid growing global demand
Chinese AI start-up Megvii said to plan IPO in either Hong Kong or New York to raise up to US$800 million

The IPO could serve as a test for how well China's AI boom will be received by the world's capital markets, with several Chinese AI start-ups eyeing up possible listings

20 Mar 2019 - 10:58PM

The IPO could serve as a test for how well China's AI boom will be received by the world's capital markets, with several Chinese AI start-ups eyeing up possible listings

Chinese AI start-up Megvii said to plan IPO in either Hong Kong or New York to raise up to US$800 million
Chinese university uses AI to check class attendance rates and find the reasons behind absenteeism

Educational innovation comes amid efforts by the world’s second-largest economy to roll out AI into all walks of life.

18 Mar 2019 - 11:09PM

Educational innovation comes amid efforts by the world’s second-largest economy to roll out AI into all walks of life.

Chinese university uses AI to check class attendance rates and find the reasons behind absenteeism
Baidu to speed up promotion of younger talent as 53-year-old president Zhang Yaqin opts for retirement

Zhang Yaqin, president of new business at Baidu, becomes first executive at search engine giant to opt for retirement

15 Mar 2019 - 10:29PM

Zhang Yaqin, president of new business at Baidu, becomes first executive at search engine giant to opt for retirement

Baidu to speed up promotion of younger talent as 53-year-old president Zhang Yaqin opts for retirement
China’s AI research quickly catching up to US in this new metric: number of citations

Database of 2 million papers show that the US share of citations in the top 10 per cent of AI papers has declined to 29 per cent while China has reached 26 per cent

14 Mar 2019 - 10:42PM

Database of 2 million papers show that the US share of citations in the top 10 per cent of AI papers has declined to 29 per cent while China has reached 26 per cent

China’s AI research quickly catching up to US in this new metric: number of citations
Baidu chief shrugs off renewed competition in search in China, saying the technology requirements are huge

Robin Li’s remarks come after news aggregation app Jinri Toutiao became the latest to join the search fray.

13 Mar 2019 - 10:54PM

Robin Li’s remarks come after news aggregation app Jinri Toutiao became the latest to join the search fray.

Baidu chief shrugs off renewed competition in search in China, saying the technology requirements are huge
Are Chinese electric car start-ups doomed after Tesla’s big price cuts?

China sees connected EVs as an opportunity to reduce foreign oil imports and gain parity in car production with established powerhouses such as Germany, the US and Japan.

13 Mar 2019 - 9:05AM

China sees connected EVs as an opportunity to reduce foreign oil imports and gain parity in car production with established powerhouses such as Germany, the US and Japan.

Are Chinese electric car start-ups doomed after Tesla’s big price cuts?
Baidu, Chery launch electric car with face-scanning payment, AR navigation features

A new smart version of Chery’s Exeed TX electric sports utility vehicle will run Baidu’s AI platform, DuerOS.

12 Mar 2019 - 6:01AM

A new smart version of Chery’s Exeed TX electric sports utility vehicle will run Baidu’s AI platform, DuerOS.

Baidu, Chery launch electric car with face-scanning payment, AR navigation features
China’s gig economy attracting more women as they seek financial independence amid slowing economy

Study of women in the workplace found that China’s gig economy is attracting more female workers looking for a bigger pay cheque to cover personal and family costs

8 Mar 2019 - 9:49PM

Study of women in the workplace found that China’s gig economy is attracting more female workers looking for a bigger pay cheque to cover personal and family costs

China’s gig economy attracting more women as they seek financial independence amid slowing economy
Xpeng CEO He Xiaopeng finds lessons in ping pong challenge for his upcoming battle with Tesla

Post reporter challenged Xpeng Motors’ He Xiaopeng to a game of ping pong – and learned much about the Tesla challenger in the process.

7 Mar 2019 - 2:45PM

Post reporter challenged Xpeng Motors’ He Xiaopeng to a game of ping pong – and learned much about the Tesla challenger in the process.

Xpeng CEO He Xiaopeng finds lessons in ping pong challenge for his upcoming battle with Tesla
Chinese electric vehicle maker Nio scraps Shanghai factory plan after losses double to US$1.4 billion

Electric carmaker to focus on joint manufacturing business model over the long term, in line with the new government policy to raise passenger car output capacity.

6 Mar 2019 - 10:44PM

Electric carmaker to focus on joint manufacturing business model over the long term, in line with the new government policy to raise passenger car output capacity.

Chinese electric vehicle maker Nio scraps Shanghai factory plan after losses double to US$1.4 billion
Baidu’s Robin Li shrugs off impact of US-China trade war at ‘two sessions’ political gathering

Beijing has called for deeper integration between the real economy and advanced technologies, including the ‘internet of things’, big data and AI.

4 Mar 2019 - 4:54PM

Beijing has called for deeper integration between the real economy and advanced technologies, including the ‘internet of things’, big data and AI.

Baidu’s Robin Li shrugs off impact of US-China trade war at ‘two sessions’ political gathering
Ride hailing platforms under spotlight as China’s transport watchdog slams ‘one sided’ pursuit of traffic, subsidies to achieve growth

China’s transport regulator abandons hands-off approach after Didi passenger murders, blaming industry troubles on unsustainable business model

1 Mar 2019 - 6:04AM

China’s transport regulator abandons hands-off approach after Didi passenger murders, blaming industry troubles on unsustainable business model

Ride hailing platforms under spotlight as China’s transport watchdog slams ‘one sided’ pursuit of traffic, subsidies to achieve growth