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.

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Race is on for tech companies like Grab, Ant Financial to gain an edge in SE Asia's financial services market

Technology companies are hoping to fill a market gap by offering financial services like loans and payments across the region

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Technology companies are hoping to fill a market gap by offering financial services like loans and payments across the region

Race is on for tech companies like Grab, Ant Financial to gain an edge in SE Asia's financial services market
Inside China Tech: Meituan Dianping vs Ele.me – what’s next in China’s food delivery battle?

China’s app-based business model has set the scene for intense rivalry between tech giants: Meituan and Ele.me compete for market dominance.

15 Mar 2019 - 5:56PM

China’s app-based business model has set the scene for intense rivalry between tech giants: Meituan and Ele.me compete for market dominance.

Inside China Tech: Meituan Dianping vs Ele.me – what’s next in China’s food delivery battle?
China’s e-commerce players look to smaller cities to help drive consumption, growth

Alibaba, JD.com, Pinduoduo and Vipshop pursue expansion outside China’s leading metropolises.

15 Mar 2019 - 6:15AM

Alibaba, JD.com, Pinduoduo and Vipshop pursue expansion outside China’s leading metropolises.

China’s e-commerce players look to smaller cities to help drive consumption, growth
Alibaba extends New Retail push with US$693 million investment in STO Express

Alibaba’s investment for an almost 15 per cent stake in STO Express comes as the logistics sector becomes a key area of development for China.

11 Mar 2019 - 7:41PM

Alibaba’s investment for an almost 15 per cent stake in STO Express comes as the logistics sector becomes a key area of development for China.

Alibaba extends New Retail push with US$693 million investment in STO Express
Inside China Tech: Analysing China’s Two Sessions and the influence of tech company chiefs

What was announced - and what was left unsaid - at China’s annual political summit and policy meetings in Beijing.

9 Mar 2019 - 11:01AM

What was announced - and what was left unsaid - at China’s annual political summit and policy meetings in Beijing.

Inside China Tech: Analysing China’s Two Sessions and the influence of tech company chiefs
Huawei accuses US agents of hacking into its servers as it launches lawsuit against federal ban on gear

The NSA penetrated Huawei’s HQ to monitor communications on Huawei’s networking equipment globally, according to a New York Times report in 2014.

7 Mar 2019 - 2:36PM

The NSA penetrated Huawei’s HQ to monitor communications on Huawei’s networking equipment globally, according to a New York Times report in 2014.

Huawei accuses US agents of hacking into its servers as it launches lawsuit against federal ban on gear
Huawei slaps US government with lawsuit in bid to overturn federal ban on its gear

Huawei’s lawsuit contends that the restrictions placed on its equipment, declared in the 2019 National Defense Authorisation Act, are unconstitutional.

7 Mar 2019 - 11:28PM

Huawei’s lawsuit contends that the restrictions placed on its equipment, declared in the 2019 National Defense Authorisation Act, are unconstitutional.

Huawei slaps US government with lawsuit in bid to overturn federal ban on its gear
Huawei’s planned lawsuit against the US government could help it gain friends in the West, experts say

Landmark case could boost confidence in the telecoms equipment supplier’s products, experts say.

7 Mar 2019 - 7:00AM

Landmark case could boost confidence in the telecoms equipment supplier’s products, experts say.

Huawei’s planned lawsuit against the US government could help it gain friends in the West, experts say
In conversation with MindFi: how to meditate with your eyes open and find calm with the help of an app

Founder believes adapting to today’s digital world is a natural path of evolution for the ancient practice of meditation.

6 Mar 2019 - 6:07AM

Founder believes adapting to today’s digital world is a natural path of evolution for the ancient practice of meditation.

In conversation with MindFi: how to meditate with your eyes open and find calm with the help of an app
Data leak exposes 364 million Chinese social media profiles tracked by police surveillance programme, security researcher says

Leaked data originated from six Chinese social media services including WeChat and QQ.

5 Mar 2019 - 10:22PM

Leaked data originated from six Chinese social media services including WeChat and QQ.

Data leak exposes 364 million Chinese social media profiles tracked by police surveillance programme, security researcher says
United States broke WTO rules in tackling Huawei, top Chinese official says

Spokesman for China’s legislature accuses Washington of disrupting market competition with political interference in the telecom giant’s economic activity.

5 Mar 2019 - 2:52AM

Spokesman for China’s legislature accuses Washington of disrupting market competition with political interference in the telecom giant’s economic activity.

United States broke WTO rules in tackling Huawei, top Chinese official says
Trump’s Huawei ban will hit rural US carriers the hardest as replacing equipment will cost ‘millions’

The consequences of US wariness of China and equipment manufactured by the Chinese could rack up huge costs for small carriers, many of which have fewer than 100,000 customers.

4 Mar 2019 - 4:19PM

The consequences of US wariness of China and equipment manufactured by the Chinese could rack up huge costs for small carriers, many of which have fewer than 100,000 customers.

Trump’s Huawei ban will hit rural US carriers the hardest as replacing equipment will cost ‘millions’
From blockbuster bonuses to pink slips: China’s tech industry nurses a hangover

NetEase, China’s second-biggest online games publisher, is one of a wave of technology companies that are laying off employees amid a slowdown in China’s economy.

4 Mar 2019 - 9:25AM

NetEase, China’s second-biggest online games publisher, is one of a wave of technology companies that are laying off employees amid a slowdown in China’s economy.

From blockbuster bonuses to pink slips: China’s tech industry nurses a hangover
Inside China Tech: Mobile World Congress 2019 and what next for foldable phones

On the scene at the 2019 MWC in Barcelona and debating the state of the foldable phone revolution: are they fad, farce or foundational change for smartphones?

1 Mar 2019 - 2:38PM

On the scene at the 2019 MWC in Barcelona and debating the state of the foldable phone revolution: are they fad, farce or foundational change for smartphones?

Inside China Tech: Mobile World Congress 2019 and what next for foldable phones
The Canadian minister who could decide whether Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou goes free

Canada’s new minister of justice is in the hot seat as he alone must decide whether to agree to US extradition request for the Huawei CFO.

27 Feb 2019 - 11:11PM

Canada’s new minister of justice is in the hot seat as he alone must decide whether to agree to US extradition request for the Huawei CFO.

The Canadian minister who could decide whether Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou goes free
Ciaran Martin, UK’s cybersecurity chief, rebuffs US on Huawei risk

The head of Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre went on stage in Brussels this week and told the world the UK can handle the risks from using Huawei equipment

7 Mar 2019 - 1:10PM

The head of Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre went on stage in Brussels this week and told the world the UK can handle the risks from using Huawei equipment

Ciaran Martin, UK’s cybersecurity chief, rebuffs US on Huawei risk
Inside China Tech: 2019 Mobile World Congress preview - is it the Year of the Foldables?

Senior analyst Bryan Ma from IDC Asia Pacific tells us why he thinks foldable phones will dominate at Barcelona this year, and takes a deeper look at why and how China’s smartphone giants Xiaomei, Opo and Huawei achieved world dominance.

22 Feb 2019 - 7:05PM

Senior analyst Bryan Ma from IDC Asia Pacific tells us why he thinks foldable phones will dominate at Barcelona this year, and takes a deeper look at why and how China’s smartphone giants Xiaomei, Opo and Huawei achieved world dominance.

Inside China Tech: 2019 Mobile World Congress preview - is it the Year of the Foldables?
Alibaba reportedly behind popular Chinese Communist Party app
Alibaba acquires 4.84 per cent stake in mainland China bank CICC to become third-largest shareholder after Tencent

Alibaba, China’s biggest e-commerce platform, has acquired a 4.84 per cent stake in investment bank China International Capital Corporation to become its third-largest shareholder, according to a Hong Kong stock exchange filing.

19 Feb 2019 - 9:05PM

Alibaba, China’s biggest e-commerce platform, has acquired a 4.84 per cent stake in investment bank China International Capital Corporation to become its third-largest shareholder, according to a Hong Kong stock exchange filing.

Alibaba acquires 4.84 per cent stake in mainland China bank CICC to become third-largest shareholder after Tencent
UK approval of Huawei equipment could sway more European states against US, analysts say

Huawei invested more than 2 billion pounds in the British economy between 2013 and 2017.

19 Feb 2019 - 4:29AM

Huawei invested more than 2 billion pounds in the British economy between 2013 and 2017.

UK approval of Huawei equipment could sway more European states against US, analysts say
How Huawei went from small-time trader in Shenzhen to world’s biggest telecoms equipment supplier

A US-led campaign to block the deployment of 5G equipment from Huawei is threatening the Chinese company’s business in Europe, its biggest overseas market.

7 Mar 2019 - 12:27PM

A US-led campaign to block the deployment of 5G equipment from Huawei is threatening the Chinese company’s business in Europe, its biggest overseas market.

How Huawei went from small-time trader in Shenzhen to world’s biggest telecoms equipment supplier
Inside China Tech: Analysing China’s race with the US for AI dominance

In the race to develop AI, how does China compare with the US? And how is this affected by the Huawei and ZTE bans – and the US-China trade war?

15 Feb 2019 - 6:45PM

In the race to develop AI, how does China compare with the US? And how is this affected by the Huawei and ZTE bans – and the US-China trade war?

Inside China Tech: Analysing China’s race with the US for AI dominance
European wireless carriers raise concerns over reduced 5G competition amid possible Huawei ban

Wireless industry group highlights widespread effects of possible Western ban on Huawei

15 Feb 2019 - 3:03PM

Wireless industry group highlights widespread effects of possible Western ban on Huawei

European wireless carriers raise concerns over reduced 5G competition amid possible Huawei ban
Ant Financial acquires UK payments firm WorldFirst to advance its global expansion

The acquisition comes mores than a year after the US blocked Ant Financial’s US$1.2 billion MoneyGram deal.

14 Feb 2019 - 10:57PM

The acquisition comes mores than a year after the US blocked Ant Financial’s US$1.2 billion MoneyGram deal.

Ant Financial acquires UK payments firm WorldFirst to advance its global expansion
Alipay accepted at over 3,000 Walgreens drugstores in the US amid overseas push by China payments firm
Middle-aged Chinese tourists lead use of mobile payments abroad during Lunar New Year holiday

Outbound travellers from China’s lower-tier cities also made more purchases during the Lunar New Year holiday than those from top-tier cities, according to an Alipay study.

12 Feb 2019 - 5:34PM

Outbound travellers from China’s lower-tier cities also made more purchases during the Lunar New Year holiday than those from top-tier cities, according to an Alipay study.

Middle-aged Chinese tourists lead use of mobile payments abroad during Lunar New Year holiday
US tech supremacy and millions of jobs at stake if China gains 5G lead, congressional hearing told

While concerns over China’s technological ambitions have simmered over the years, the rhetoric against Chinese firms has been ramped up under the Trump administration.

8 Feb 2019 - 10:38PM

While concerns over China’s technological ambitions have simmered over the years, the rhetoric against Chinese firms has been ramped up under the Trump administration.

US tech supremacy and millions of jobs at stake if China gains 5G lead, congressional hearing told
Inside China Tech: How technology is changing Lunar New Year

Zen Soo and Chua Kong Ho look at how technology has changed the Lunar New Year celebrations in China: from digital red envelopes to online market stalls and facial recognition for train tickets.

25 Feb 2019 - 1:57PM

Zen Soo and Chua Kong Ho look at how technology has changed the Lunar New Year celebrations in China: from digital red envelopes to online market stalls and facial recognition for train tickets.

Inside China Tech: How technology is changing Lunar New Year
Analysing the Huawei case with Christopher Balding

Zen Soo speaks with economist, author and academic Christopher Balding about the Huawei case, its impact on the company and its broader implications for China’s other tech companies.

5 Feb 2019 - 8:24AM

Zen Soo speaks with economist, author and academic Christopher Balding about the Huawei case, its impact on the company and its broader implications for China’s other tech companies.

Analysing the Huawei case with Christopher Balding
How the US indictments may play out for Huawei

Huawei faces almost two dozen charges by the US, which contends that the firm stole trade secrets, violated Iran sanctions.

31 Jan 2019 - 11:29PM

Huawei faces almost two dozen charges by the US, which contends that the firm stole trade secrets, violated Iran sanctions.

How the US indictments may play out for Huawei