Zen Soo

Zen Soo joined the Post in 2015. She covers China technology, in particular e-commerce, online to offline and mobile payments. She also writes about Southeast Asian tech companies.
Zen Soo
Zen Soo joined the Post in 2015. She covers China technology, in particular e-commerce, online to offline and mobile payments. She also writes about Southeast Asian tech companies.

Latest from Zen Soo

Tech cold war: how Trump’s assault on Huawei is forcing the world to contemplate a digital iron curtain

Many now think the real issue between the US and China is not just a trade imbalance, it is whether China has the right to develop its own, home-grown hi-tech industry.

26 May 2019 - 7:43AM

Many now think the real issue between the US and China is not just a trade imbalance, it is whether China has the right to develop its own, home-grown hi-tech industry.

Tech cold war: how Trump’s assault on Huawei is forcing the world to contemplate a digital iron curtain
US-China tech war: Tumultuous times for Huawei - can it survive?

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to ban US tech companies from doing business with 'foreign adversaries' - will this cripple the largest telecommunications-equipment manufacturer in the world?

24 May 2019 - 7:16PM

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to ban US tech companies from doing business with 'foreign adversaries' - will this cripple the largest telecommunications-equipment manufacturer in the world?

US-China tech war: Tumultuous times for Huawei - can it survive?
Inside China Tech: Here's how the US-China tech war is affecting small electronics companies

How much does the trade war affect small suppliers and distributors, and does China depend more on the US for its technology industry, or vice versa?

24 May 2019 - 7:06PM

How much does the trade war affect small suppliers and distributors, and does China depend more on the US for its technology industry, or vice versa?

Inside China Tech: Here's how the US-China tech war is affecting small electronics companies
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
Rival phone brands Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo to benefit from Google’s suspension of services to Huawei

Chinese smartphone players who have been making a bigger overseas push, such as Xiaomi and Oppo, are also likely to benefit from any dip in demand for Huawei phones.

22 May 2019 - 5:30PM

Chinese smartphone players who have been making a bigger overseas push, such as Xiaomi and Oppo, are also likely to benefit from any dip in demand for Huawei phones.

Rival phone brands Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo to benefit from Google’s suspension of services to Huawei
Singapore’s Carousell aims to cash in on growing desire for sustainability with online classified ads app

The idea behind a “snap, list, sell” app came to Quek and his co-founders after they grew frustrated with trying to sell their own second-hand electronics online.

21 May 2019 - 5:23PM

The idea behind a “snap, list, sell” app came to Quek and his co-founders after they grew frustrated with trying to sell their own second-hand electronics online.

Singapore’s Carousell aims to cash in on growing desire for sustainability with online classified ads app
Explainer | Here’s what you need to know about US restrictions on Huawei and the ‘Entity List’

US companies who wish to export products and software to entities on the list must apply for a licence from the US Bureau of Industry and Security.

21 May 2019 - 12:27PM

US companies who wish to export products and software to entities on the list must apply for a licence from the US Bureau of Industry and Security.

Here’s what you need to know about US restrictions on Huawei and the ‘Entity List’
Huawei set to find out if consumers will still buy its phones without Google services under US trade ban

Google’s compliance with the US order could mean that future Huawei devices will lose access to popular Google services, including the Google Play app store

21 May 2019 - 4:53AM

Google’s compliance with the US order could mean that future Huawei devices will lose access to popular Google services, including the Google Play app store

Huawei set to find out if consumers will still buy its phones without Google services under US trade ban
Google confirms that its app store will continue to function for existing Huawei device users

Huawei now finds itself in a similar situation to that of rival ZTE last year, which faced a nearly 3-month ban from doing business with US companies.

20 May 2019 - 5:51PM

Huawei now finds itself in a similar situation to that of rival ZTE last year, which faced a nearly 3-month ban from doing business with US companies.

Google confirms that its app store will continue to function for existing Huawei device users
Singapore start-up chips away at Facebook and Google’s online ad dominance, one click at a time

In the digital advertising industry, Google and Facebook reign supreme, but this tiny Singapore company wants to offer an alternative using the affiliate marketing model.

20 May 2019 - 5:09PM

In the digital advertising industry, Google and Facebook reign supreme, but this tiny Singapore company wants to offer an alternative using the affiliate marketing model.

Singapore start-up chips away at Facebook and Google’s online ad dominance, one click at a time
Western governments pass tipping point on online censorship

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern and French president Emmanuel Macron are leading the charge to curb the dissemination of online extremism

18 May 2019 - 5:44PM

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern and French president Emmanuel Macron are leading the charge to curb the dissemination of online extremism

Western governments pass tipping point on online censorship
China declaring AI ambitions wasn’t ‘wisest decision’ as it alarmed the US, former secretary of state John Kerry says

China would probably have been smarter to try to lead in artificial intelligence without trumpeting its intent, former US secretary of state John Kerry said.

23 May 2019 - 9:05AM

China would probably have been smarter to try to lead in artificial intelligence without trumpeting its intent, former US secretary of state John Kerry said.

China declaring AI ambitions wasn’t ‘wisest decision’ as it alarmed the US, former secretary of state John Kerry says
Ericsson chief executive dismisses Huawei challenge to disclose source code, saying it creates ‘false sense of security’

Ericsson’s CEO says the security of telecommunications networks are a shared responsibility with the equipment maker and network operator, a position that Huawei has maintained

18 May 2019 - 2:39PM

Ericsson’s CEO says the security of telecommunications networks are a shared responsibility with the equipment maker and network operator, a position that Huawei has maintained

Ericsson chief executive dismisses Huawei challenge to disclose source code, saying it creates ‘false sense of security’
Alibaba’s Jack Ma says he is ‘worried’ Europe will stifle innovation with too much tech regulation

Alibaba Group co-founder urges Europe to stop worrying about technology, as tighter regulation could hamper its ability to innovate

17 May 2019 - 10:39PM

Alibaba Group co-founder urges Europe to stop worrying about technology, as tighter regulation could hamper its ability to innovate

Alibaba’s Jack Ma says he is ‘worried’ Europe will stifle innovation with too much tech regulation
New Zealand, France lead the West in censoring online extremism while US sits out

The “Christchurch Call” plan comes two months after a mass shooting at mosques in New Zealand that left more than 50 dead

16 May 2019 - 8:00PM

The “Christchurch Call” plan comes two months after a mass shooting at mosques in New Zealand that left more than 50 dead

New Zealand, France lead the West in censoring online extremism while US sits out
Inside China Tech: Explaining the blockchain revolution in China and how it's changing global banking

Venture capitalist and China tech expert Edith Yeung looks at how Beijing is embracing blockchain and its different approach to the West

10 May 2019 - 5:07PM

Venture capitalist and China tech expert Edith Yeung looks at how Beijing is embracing blockchain and its different approach to the West

Inside China Tech: Explaining the blockchain revolution in China and how it's changing global banking
US bets on different mobile airwaves from rest of the world – and that might cost it the 5G race

The stakes are high for the US to put its mobile infrastructure expansion in order as it competes against China for 5G leadership.

23 May 2019 - 9:03AM

The stakes are high for the US to put its mobile infrastructure expansion in order as it competes against China for 5G leadership.

US bets on different mobile airwaves from rest of the world – and that might cost it the 5G race
Inside China Tech: Doors to America are closing for Chinese graduates in hi-tech fields

The growing number of Chinese students in hi-tech fields face tightening US visa controls.

3 May 2019 - 8:53PM

The growing number of Chinese students in hi-tech fields face tightening US visa controls.

Inside China Tech: Doors to America are closing for Chinese graduates in hi-tech fields
Alibaba in US$250 million settlement of lawsuit over regulatory meeting ahead of its 2014 IPO

The proposed settlement has come ahead of Alibaba’s scheduled quarterly earnings report on May 15.

30 Apr 2019 - 10:16PM

The proposed settlement has come ahead of Alibaba’s scheduled quarterly earnings report on May 15.

Alibaba in US$250 million settlement of lawsuit over regulatory meeting ahead of its 2014 IPO
Southeast Asia’s Grab cuts a familiar path with partnerships in logistics and travel

The move is part of Grab’s mission to become a super app, a model first pioneered in China by Tencent’s WeChat.

26 Apr 2019 - 8:30PM

The move is part of Grab’s mission to become a super app, a model first pioneered in China by Tencent’s WeChat.

Southeast Asia’s Grab cuts a familiar path with partnerships in logistics and travel
Inside China Tech: Exploring China’s rapidly evolving e-commerce landscape

We dive into the world of influencer marketing and Pinduoduo’s business model.

26 Apr 2019 - 3:21PM

We dive into the world of influencer marketing and Pinduoduo’s business model.

Inside China Tech: Exploring China’s rapidly evolving e-commerce landscape
Founder Ren Zhengfei says Huawei should learn from Apple – and set higher prices

Ren Zhengfei says Huawei will sell its products at high prices ‘to maintain good order’ in the global telecoms network equipment market.

26 Apr 2019 - 8:45AM

Ren Zhengfei says Huawei will sell its products at high prices ‘to maintain good order’ in the global telecoms network equipment market.

Founder Ren Zhengfei says Huawei should learn from Apple – and set higher prices
Pinduoduo founder calls for openness in e-commerce as battle with Alibaba and JD.com escalates

Forced exclusivity where merchants and customers have to pick sides will hurt industry in the long run, says Pinduoduo founder.

25 Apr 2019 - 10:57PM

Forced exclusivity where merchants and customers have to pick sides will hurt industry in the long run, says Pinduoduo founder.

Pinduoduo founder calls for openness in e-commerce as battle with Alibaba and JD.com escalates
Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad’s visit to Huawei in Beijing seen as sign of ‘endorsement’

Trip comes at a time when the Chinese telecoms equipment maker has been vilified by the West over national security concerns.

25 Apr 2019 - 11:19PM

Trip comes at a time when the Chinese telecoms equipment maker has been vilified by the West over national security concerns.

Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad’s visit to Huawei in Beijing seen as sign of ‘endorsement’
Amazon’s cloud business to launch in Hong Kong as competition with Chinese rivals heats up

The launch of AWS in Hong Kong comes as competition heats up in the region, with rivals Alibaba Cloud and Tencent Cloud opening operations in the city in 2014 and 2017 respectively.

25 Apr 2019 - 10:57PM

The launch of AWS in Hong Kong comes as competition heats up in the region, with rivals Alibaba Cloud and Tencent Cloud opening operations in the city in 2014 and 2017 respectively.

Amazon’s cloud business to launch in Hong Kong as competition with Chinese rivals heats up
How China censors the internet

There's much debate in the West about the free-flow of information online. But in China, the government uses a complex internet filtering system to decide what people can and can’t see.

6 May 2019 - 4:09PM

There's much debate in the West about the free-flow of information online. But in China, the government uses a complex internet filtering system to decide what people can and can’t see.

How China censors the internet
Who’s afraid of Huawei? Where Asia stands on China’s 5G tech giant

A whole host of Asian nations have embraced the Chinese tech giant, but there are still a few outliers that have looked to hedge their bets.

20 Apr 2019 - 2:36PM

A whole host of Asian nations have embraced the Chinese tech giant, but there are still a few outliers that have looked to hedge their bets.

Who’s afraid of Huawei? Where Asia stands on China’s 5G tech giant
How Huawei beat America’s anti-China 5G propaganda war in Southeast Asia, years before it even began

Huawei’s 5G technology is under fire in the West, but there is a region of the world where Washington’s anti-China propaganda war was lost long ago: Southeast Asia.

22 Apr 2019 - 10:29AM

Huawei’s 5G technology is under fire in the West, but there is a region of the world where Washington’s anti-China propaganda war was lost long ago: Southeast Asia.

How Huawei beat America’s anti-China 5G propaganda war in Southeast Asia, years before it even began
Inside China Tech: Analysing what’s behind the 996 GitHub protest in China

Millennial workers protesting against the grueling work schedules in China’s tech companies.

19 Apr 2019 - 11:08PM

Millennial workers protesting against the grueling work schedules in China’s tech companies.

Inside China Tech: Analysing what’s behind the 996 GitHub protest in China
With the power to change the world, here’s why the US and China are fighting over our 5G future

5G has sparked a tech war between the world’s two biggest economies, and it’s easy to understand why given the transformative power of the new wireless standard.

18 Apr 2019 - 12:17PM

5G has sparked a tech war between the world’s two biggest economies, and it’s easy to understand why given the transformative power of the new wireless standard.

With the power to change the world, here’s why the US and China are fighting over our 5G future