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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China’s internet giants fight for dominance in smart speakers as they target half a billion users not yet online

China’s internet giants are racing to secure dominance in the next gateway to online content and services: voice activated smart speakers.

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China’s internet giants are racing to secure dominance in the next gateway to online content and services: voice activated smart speakers.

China’s internet giants fight for dominance in smart speakers as they target half a billion users not yet online
China’s voice recognition champion iFlytek gets US$407 million funding boost from state investors

iFlytek’s focus on AI technology and its state support has put the company at the forefront of the tech war being waged between the US and China.

17 Jul 2019 - 12:00PM

iFlytek’s focus on AI technology and its state support has put the company at the forefront of the tech war being waged between the US and China.

China’s voice recognition champion iFlytek gets US$407 million funding boost from state investors
China’s tech investments continue to slide, dragging down global activity in venture capital sector

Investments targeting China’s ‘new economy’ continued to slide in the second quarter although the pace of decline slowed quarter over quarter

5 Jul 2019 - 10:16PM

Investments targeting China’s ‘new economy’ continued to slide in the second quarter although the pace of decline slowed quarter over quarter

China’s tech investments continue to slide, dragging down global activity in venture capital sector
Baidu founder Robin Li’s water attacker detained as stunt goes viral - and you can even buy a t-shirt

The sharp-dressing Li appears to have won over more admirers following the incident, with a number of social media posts praising his cool demeanour.

5 Jul 2019 - 12:55PM

The sharp-dressing Li appears to have won over more admirers following the incident, with a number of social media posts praising his cool demeanour.

Baidu founder Robin Li’s water attacker detained as stunt goes viral - and you can even buy a t-shirt
Baidu’s Robin Li has bottle of water tipped over his head by attendee at Beijing event as he gives presentation

Baidu founder looks shocked after water attack, but carries on with connected cars presentation.

5 Jul 2019 - 12:52PM

Baidu founder looks shocked after water attack, but carries on with connected cars presentation.

Baidu’s Robin Li has bottle of water tipped over his head by attendee at Beijing event as he gives presentation
Didi Chuxing ponders return of controversial car-pooling service a year after two passenger deaths

The Chinese ride-hailing giant plans to engage the public in talks on how to increase safety in its car-pooling service.

3 Jul 2019 - 4:30AM

The Chinese ride-hailing giant plans to engage the public in talks on how to increase safety in its car-pooling service.

Didi Chuxing ponders return of controversial car-pooling service a year after two passenger deaths
Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund appoints SenseTime founder to board as it seeks to expand tech investments

SenseTime founder Tang Xiao’ou will advise Khazanah on AI-related matters.

1 Jul 2019 - 7:01PM

SenseTime founder Tang Xiao’ou will advise Khazanah on AI-related matters.

Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund appoints SenseTime founder to board as it seeks to expand tech investments
Huawei sharpens focus on China after US ban leaves Chinese telecoms giant bewildered

Increased domestic sales push includes a range of smartphones, mobile network equipment and laptops, as well as surveillance systems and cloud services.

1 Jul 2019 - 5:56PM

Increased domestic sales push includes a range of smartphones, mobile network equipment and laptops, as well as surveillance systems and cloud services.

Huawei sharpens focus on China after US ban leaves Chinese telecoms giant bewildered
Founder of Nio, China’s Tesla challenger, apologises after battery fires lead to recall of nearly 5,000 EVs

The Shanghai-based start-up launched the ES8, which is an SUV, in 2017 as its first production model.

28 Jun 2019 - 1:34PM

The Shanghai-based start-up launched the ES8, which is an SUV, in 2017 as its first production model.

Founder of Nio, China’s Tesla challenger, apologises after battery fires lead to recall of nearly 5,000 EVs
Didi invests in Tencent-backed ride-hailing start-up amid efforts to expand strategic alliances

OnTime, which also counts GAC Group and Guangzhou Public Transport as investors, was set to launch its service later this month in Guangzhou.

27 Jun 2019 - 1:15AM

OnTime, which also counts GAC Group and Guangzhou Public Transport as investors, was set to launch its service later this month in Guangzhou.

Didi invests in Tencent-backed ride-hailing start-up amid efforts to expand strategic alliances
Alibaba ramps up global e-commerce expansion with launch of English Tmall portal

Tmall Global, China’s largest cross-border online shopping platform, also plans to introduce other foreign-language sites, including Spanish, Japanese and Korean.

26 Jun 2019 - 5:52PM

Tmall Global, China’s largest cross-border online shopping platform, also plans to introduce other foreign-language sites, including Spanish, Japanese and Korean.

Alibaba ramps up global e-commerce expansion with launch of English Tmall portal
Online used car dealer Renrenche said to cut 60 per cent of staff as China’s tech boom cools amid trade war

The latest job cuts come amid a major business shift by Renrenche after it unveiled a partnership scheme earlier this year.

24 Jun 2019 - 10:33PM

The latest job cuts come amid a major business shift by Renrenche after it unveiled a partnership scheme earlier this year.

Online used car dealer Renrenche said to cut 60 per cent of staff as China’s tech boom cools amid trade war
Tencent-backed ride hailing start-up OnTime to launch in Guangzhou before expansion into Greater Bay Area

An increasing number of carmakers have also been piling into China’s mobility market, the world’s biggest

20 Jun 2019 - 10:56PM

An increasing number of carmakers have also been piling into China’s mobility market, the world’s biggest

Tencent-backed ride hailing start-up OnTime to launch in Guangzhou before expansion into Greater Bay Area
Chinese self-driving start-ups AutoX and Pony.ai get green light to offer rides on California roads

AutoX and Pony.ai receive permits to operate self-driving ride services in California.

20 Jun 2019 - 10:28PM

AutoX and Pony.ai receive permits to operate self-driving ride services in California.

Chinese self-driving start-ups AutoX and Pony.ai get green light to offer rides on California roads
How China is counting on 5G to improve health care

With the government’s recent grant of commercial 5G licences, major telecoms industry players are expected to drive more initiatives in tele-diagnosis, remote surgeries and smart hospitals across China.

19 Jun 2019 - 9:05AM

With the government’s recent grant of commercial 5G licences, major telecoms industry players are expected to drive more initiatives in tele-diagnosis, remote surgeries and smart hospitals across China.

How China is counting on 5G to improve health care
Chinese app Manbang handled US$100 billion worth of goods a year by matching shippers with truckers

Booking apps like Manbang are increasing the transparency of pricing in the logistics industry by matching shippers and truck drivers.

18 Jun 2019 - 7:27AM

Booking apps like Manbang are increasing the transparency of pricing in the logistics industry by matching shippers and truck drivers.

Chinese app Manbang handled US$100 billion worth of goods a year by matching shippers with truckers
Didi opens the door to third party ride-hailing players as fight to build China’s best super mobility app hots up

Didi is battling new competition from the likes of Meituan Dianping and Autonavi.

17 Jun 2019 - 11:01PM

Didi is battling new competition from the likes of Meituan Dianping and Autonavi.

Didi opens the door to third party ride-hailing players as fight to build China’s best super mobility app hots up
‘Queen of internet’ Mary Meeker says short-form video apps now drive online usage in China

The daily time spent by users of short-form video apps in China reached an average of 600 million hours as of April.

13 Jun 2019 - 7:00AM

The daily time spent by users of short-form video apps in China reached an average of 600 million hours as of April.

‘Queen of internet’ Mary Meeker says short-form video apps now drive online usage in China
China healthcare platform Waterdrop raises 1 billion yuan in funds from investors including Boyu Capital

China is home to the world’s third largest insurance market and set to surpass the US as the global leader by 2032, according to Swiss Re

12 Jun 2019 - 10:28PM

China is home to the world’s third largest insurance market and set to surpass the US as the global leader by 2032, according to Swiss Re

China healthcare platform Waterdrop raises 1 billion yuan in funds from investors including Boyu Capital
Alibaba ties up with Audi, Renault and Honda to offer smart voice services in cars in China

New cars with smart and internet-enabled features from the companies in China will integrate Tmall Genie Auto into their systems.

11 Jun 2019 - 10:55PM

New cars with smart and internet-enabled features from the companies in China will integrate Tmall Genie Auto into their systems.

Alibaba ties up with Audi, Renault and Honda to offer smart voice services in cars in China
How technology is helping China’s fight against the encroaching deserts

China’s northern cities are often blighted by yellow sandstorms in spring, when winds would carry sand from the deserts and dump them as far as western Japan.

11 Jun 2019 - 7:00AM

China’s northern cities are often blighted by yellow sandstorms in spring, when winds would carry sand from the deserts and dump them as far as western Japan.

How technology is helping China’s fight against the encroaching deserts
Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing expands in Latin America amid renewed competition in home market

The Beijing-based start-up launched ride-hailing services in Chile and Colombia this week

6 Jun 2019 - 10:05PM

The Beijing-based start-up launched ride-hailing services in Chile and Colombia this week

Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing expands in Latin America amid renewed competition in home market
AI unicorn Megvii not behind app used for surveillance in Xinjiang, says human rights group

Human Rights Watch said Megvii’s Face++ code found in mobile app used by Xinjiang authorities was ‘inoperable’.

5 Jun 2019 - 11:28PM

Human Rights Watch said Megvii’s Face++ code found in mobile app used by Xinjiang authorities was ‘inoperable’.

AI unicorn Megvii not behind app used for surveillance in Xinjiang, says human rights group
One year after two deaths plunged Didi into a safety crisis, what’s changed at China’s ride-hailing giant?

Didi is not the only ride-hailing service to have faced safety issues in the past year, as technology takes personal transport into new territory.

5 Jun 2019 - 8:04PM

Didi is not the only ride-hailing service to have faced safety issues in the past year, as technology takes personal transport into new territory.

One year after two deaths plunged Didi into a safety crisis, what’s changed at China’s ride-hailing giant?
Rising Chinese AI star Megvii gets caught in the US-China tech war

Megvii is among dozens of Chinese AI companies that have mushroomed over the past years as China eyes global leadership in what has been called the fourth industrial revolution.

31 May 2019 - 4:05PM

Megvii is among dozens of Chinese AI companies that have mushroomed over the past years as China eyes global leadership in what has been called the fourth industrial revolution.

Rising Chinese AI star Megvii gets caught in the US-China tech war
In China, a growing disquiet about US efforts to contain its tech champions

Rising concern in China that the US’s campaign to contain Huawei and other Chinese tech champions risks ending the decentralised open-source development model that encourages collaboration.

27 May 2019 - 8:05AM

Rising concern in China that the US’s campaign to contain Huawei and other Chinese tech champions risks ending the decentralised open-source development model that encourages collaboration.

In China, a growing disquiet about US efforts to contain its tech champions
Chinese AI firms hunker down as reports indicate they are next on US export hit list

iFlytek responds to report that Washington is looking to add it and four other Chinese AI companies to export hit list.

24 May 2019 - 12:08PM

iFlytek responds to report that Washington is looking to add it and four other Chinese AI companies to export hit list.

Chinese AI firms hunker down as reports indicate they are next on US export hit list
US widens its campaign against Chinese tech companies with eye on surveillance firms

Chinese hi-tech champions, such as Huawei, are having their access to US components shut off because they are deemed to pose a threat to national security.

31 May 2019 - 8:24PM

Chinese hi-tech champions, such as Huawei, are having their access to US components shut off because they are deemed to pose a threat to national security.

US widens its campaign against Chinese tech companies with eye on surveillance firms
US said to be mulling restrictions on China surveillance group Hikvision’s ability to buy US technology

The US Commerce Department may require that American companies obtain government approval to supply components to Hikvision.

23 May 2019 - 8:59AM

The US Commerce Department may require that American companies obtain government approval to supply components to Hikvision.

US said to be mulling restrictions on China surveillance group Hikvision’s ability to buy US technology
Apple’s China woes may worsen as Huawei ban nudges die-hard iPhone fans to switch sides

Huawei winning more fans from Apple camp amid growing tensions between the US and China over technology and trade.

23 May 2019 - 9:18AM

Huawei winning more fans from Apple camp amid growing tensions between the US and China over technology and trade.

Apple’s China woes may worsen as Huawei ban nudges die-hard iPhone fans to switch sides