Yingzhi Yang

Yingzhi Yang is a Beijing-based technology reporter focusing on the rise and fall of tech firms in China and impact they exert in domestic and international society.
Yingzhi Yang
Yingzhi Yang is a Beijing-based technology reporter focusing on the rise and fall of tech firms in China and impact they exert in domestic and international society.

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Xiaomi rebounds with 13.5 billion yuan annual profit, targets greater international expansion

The Beijing-based company says it was one of the few companies in the smartphone industry to maintain high growth last year.

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Xiaomi rebounds with 13.5 billion yuan annual profit, targets greater international expansion

The Beijing-based company says it was one of the few companies in the smartphone industry to maintain high growth last year.

TikTok operator Bytedance buys gaming start-up in move likely to sharpen rivalry with Tencent

China’s internet giants are competing more aggressively as they seek to offer all-in-one apps to keep users within their ecosystems as much as possible

18 Mar 2019 - 10:45PM
TikTok operator Bytedance buys gaming start-up in move likely to sharpen rivalry with Tencent

China’s internet giants are competing more aggressively as they seek to offer all-in-one apps to keep users within their ecosystems as much as possible

How short video app TikTok became the first Chinese-made app to take the world by storm

TikTok’s rise to international stardom has not been an overnight success story and Bytedance has had to go through a trial and error process to crack overseas markets.

16 Mar 2019 - 7:22AM
How short video app TikTok became the first Chinese-made app to take the world by storm

TikTok’s rise to international stardom has not been an overnight success story and Bytedance has had to go through a trial and error process to crack overseas markets.

How China’s online opinion leaders – or KOLs – convert fans to sales, creating a nearly US$9 billion industry

Chinese key opinion leaders more easily generate direct sales from fans because the line between entertainment and commerce is more blurred in China.

14 Mar 2019 - 7:01AM
How China’s online opinion leaders – or KOLs – convert fans to sales, creating a nearly US$9 billion industry

Chinese key opinion leaders more easily generate direct sales from fans because the line between entertainment and commerce is more blurred in China.

China’s on-demand delivery providers to tighten merchant inspection, as regulator finds 35,000 illegal restaurants on their platforms

The Beijing Market Supervision Administration has initiated more than 2,100 cases against illegal food merchants listed with popular on-demand delivery platforms.

14 Mar 2019 - 4:25PM
China’s on-demand delivery providers to tighten merchant inspection, as regulator finds 35,000 illegal restaurants on their platforms

The Beijing Market Supervision Administration has initiated more than 2,100 cases against illegal food merchants listed with popular on-demand delivery platforms.

Tech culture: Chinese consumers are buying cars online using VR, without kicking the proverbial tyre

A younger demographic is driving growth in the online second-hand car market in China and they are using new technology to do it

8 Mar 2019 - 12:59PM
Tech culture: Chinese consumers are buying cars online using VR, without kicking the proverbial tyre

A younger demographic is driving growth in the online second-hand car market in China and they are using new technology to do it

Xiaomi sets up artificial intelligence and big data departments to sharpen focus in tech race

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says that technology is a “matter of life and death” and the latest reshuffle was to enhance the company’s “engineer culture”.

27 Feb 2019 - 11:00PM
Xiaomi sets up artificial intelligence and big data departments to sharpen focus in tech race

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says that technology is a “matter of life and death” and the latest reshuffle was to enhance the company’s “engineer culture”.

US ban on Huawei’s 5G technology could be a blessing in disguise for the Chinese brand, say PR experts

Charm offensive by Chinese telecoms firm comes amid US-led pushback against its 5G equipment over national security concerns.

26 Feb 2019 - 12:42PM
US ban on Huawei’s 5G technology could be a blessing in disguise for the Chinese brand, say PR experts

Charm offensive by Chinese telecoms firm comes amid US-led pushback against its 5G equipment over national security concerns.

Did Donald Trump just give Huawei a pass?

US President Donald Trump said he wants the US to ‘win through competition, not by blocking out currently more advanced technologies’.

23 Feb 2019 - 9:57AM
Did Donald Trump just give Huawei a pass?

US President Donald Trump said he wants the US to ‘win through competition, not by blocking out currently more advanced technologies’.

Bytedance said to be sounded out by authorities about listing on Shanghai’s new tech board

Bytedance said to be contacted by authorities about possible Shanghai tech board list but other funding options also available

22 Feb 2019 - 9:03AM
Bytedance said to be sounded out by authorities about listing on Shanghai’s new tech board

Bytedance said to be contacted by authorities about possible Shanghai tech board list but other funding options also available

Xiaomi unveils new flagship smartphone, naming Chinese singer as brand ambassador to pump up domestic sales
Baidu bucks the capital winter to play catch-up to Alibaba, Tencent in outside investments
Chinese smartphone brands strengthen their grip on India, with Xiaomi displacing Samsung from top spot

Xiaomi’s total smartphone shipments in India reached 41.1 million last year, representing 59 per cent year-on-year growth.

12 Feb 2019 - 3:59PM
Chinese smartphone brands strengthen their grip on India, with Xiaomi displacing Samsung from top spot

Xiaomi’s total smartphone shipments in India reached 41.1 million last year, representing 59 per cent year-on-year growth.

China’s ‘easy’ money days over as value of venture capital deals plunges 67.5 per cent in January

Investments for the month totalled US$4.3 billion, representing a 67.5 per cent year-on-year slide and 31.7 per cent month-on-month slump.

12 Feb 2019 - 4:58PM
China’s ‘easy’ money days over as value of venture capital deals plunges 67.5 per cent in January

Investments for the month totalled US$4.3 billion, representing a 67.5 per cent year-on-year slide and 31.7 per cent month-on-month slump.

Asian cities are competing to woo tech start-ups with incentives

These cities have strong economies, business-friendly policies and well-developed infrastructure.

6 Feb 2019 - 11:33AM
Asian cities are competing to woo tech start-ups with incentives

These cities have strong economies, business-friendly policies and well-developed infrastructure.

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said to plot China comeback with ‘shared kitchen’ business

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is partnering with Zhang Yanqi, former COO at bicycle-sharing firm Ofo, sources say.

1 Feb 2019 - 1:30PM
Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said to plot China comeback with ‘shared kitchen’ business

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is partnering with Zhang Yanqi, former COO at bicycle-sharing firm Ofo, sources say.

Can WeChat defend its social media predominance by blocking its competitors?

The Tencent-owned super app turned eight years old this month amid criticism about its monopolistic behaviour

29 Jan 2019 - 6:35AM
Can WeChat defend its social media predominance by blocking its competitors?

The Tencent-owned super app turned eight years old this month amid criticism about its monopolistic behaviour

US venture capital defies ‘cold winter’ to raise US$15.5 billion for Chinese investments

The surge in US venture capital investment in China is attributed to the large number of start-ups that listed publicly.

25 Jan 2019 - 6:07AM
US venture capital defies ‘cold winter’ to raise US$15.5 billion for Chinese investments

The surge in US venture capital investment in China is attributed to the large number of start-ups that listed publicly.

ByteDance, the company behind TikTok video app, looks beyond entertainment with a move into education
Hainan is the latest Chinese free-trade zone with tech hub ambitions

Hainan island was designated as China’s 12th free-trade zone by Chinese President Xi Jinping in April last year.

12 Mar 2019 - 2:37PM
Hainan is the latest Chinese free-trade zone with tech hub ambitions

Hainan island was designated as China’s 12th free-trade zone by Chinese President Xi Jinping in April last year.

Grab and ZhongAn team up for insurance joint venture in Southeast Asia
Chinese tech unicorn ByteDance launches new social app to rival WeChat

New video-based social messaging app Duoshan lets users send text messages and stickers, as well as share images and videos

15 Jan 2019 - 10:44PM
Chinese tech unicorn ByteDance launches new social app to rival WeChat

New video-based social messaging app Duoshan lets users send text messages and stickers, as well as share images and videos

Chinese food-delivery giant Meituan prepares gaming foray despite government concerns about youth addiction

Meituan co-founder Wang Huiwen said in a WeChat posting that he’s ‘just giving it a try, don’t overthink about it’.

16 Jan 2019 - 12:24PM
Chinese food-delivery giant Meituan prepares gaming foray despite government concerns about youth addiction

Meituan co-founder Wang Huiwen said in a WeChat posting that he’s ‘just giving it a try, don’t overthink about it’.

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun silent on US expansion plan amid trade war, focuses on European markets

Beijing-based Xiaomi aims to expand its European operations, and rank first or second in a number of markets there, according to founder and CEO Lei Jun.

11 Jan 2019 - 4:44PM
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun silent on US expansion plan amid trade war, focuses on European markets

Beijing-based Xiaomi aims to expand its European operations, and rank first or second in a number of markets there, according to founder and CEO Lei Jun.

Xiaomi stock suffers two-day plunge as chairman Lei Jun’s pledge not to sell fails to deter tech bears
2019 China tech look ahead: trade war likely to cast a shadow as AI, e-commerce, smartphone progress continues

China and the US remain on a collision course over global leadership in hi-tech innovation.

7 Jan 2019 - 3:45PM
2019 China tech look ahead: trade war likely to cast a shadow as AI, e-commerce, smartphone progress continues

China and the US remain on a collision course over global leadership in hi-tech innovation.

Mobike founder Hu Weiwei quits chief executive role at China’s leading bike-sharing firm

Self-made billionaire issues public letter denying any infighting, while company says she is leaving for personal reasons.

23 Dec 2018 - 11:14PM
Mobike founder Hu Weiwei quits chief executive role at China’s leading bike-sharing firm

Self-made billionaire issues public letter denying any infighting, while company says she is leaving for personal reasons.

Bike-sharer Ofo has nearly 12 million users waiting for deposit refunds – more than the population of Belgium
Hong Kong regulators say IPOs by cryptocurrency businesses are premature, putting Bitmain’s US$3 billion fundraising plan in peril
Meituan to team up with China Starbucks challenger Luckin Coffee on delivery services
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