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Tech reporter Zen Soo and editor Chua Kong Ho bring essential background, context and analysis to the most important tech trends out of China. Joining them are movers and shakers in China tech and SCMP's reporters in Hong Kong and the tech centres of mainland China.

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21 Jan 2020

To better understand how TikTok works in domestic and international markets, our producer Yang Yang went to visit TikTok stars with millions of followers - one is a 16-year-old who initially moved to Los Angeles to develop an acting career; the other, coming up in the next episode, is a family of toddler triplets living on the outskirt of Zhuhai, a city in Southern China.

To better understand how TikTok works in domestic and international markets, our producer Yang Yang went to visit TikTok stars with millions of followers - one is a 16-year-old who initially moved to Los Angeles to develop an acting career; the other, coming up in the next episode, is a family of toddler triplets living on the outskirt of Zhuhai, a city in Southern China.

19:59

31 Dec 2019

China is no stranger to vegetarian food. If anything, the Chinese have invented countless vegetarian dishes that imitate meat throughout their centuries-old history of Buddhism.

In this episode, we try Impossible Meat, we try its counterpart in China, we talk to people who sell it and who study the market, and we ask - how should companies introduce, or perhaps reintroduce, meatless meat to China?

China is no stranger to vegetarian food. If anything, the Chinese have invented countless vegetarian dishes that imitate meat throughout their centuries-old history of Buddhism.

In this episode, we try Impossible Meat, we try its counterpart in China, we talk to people who sell it and who study the market, and we ask - how should companies introduce, or perhaps reintroduce, meatless meat to China?

19:08

9 Dec 2019

E-commerce giant Alibaba started trading on the Hong Kong stock exchange on November 26, 2019. The company raised a whopping US$13 billion, making it the largest share launch of the year, beating out Uber and Lyft. On the back of its listing, we got a chance to speak to Daniel Zhang, executive chairman and chief executive of Alibaba, while he was in Hong Kong.

 

Zhang spoke about how technology is transforming companies and reshaping consumer buying habits, with increased consumption now coming from low-tier cities. Alibaba is the owner of the Post.

E-commerce giant Alibaba started trading on the Hong Kong stock exchange on November 26, 2019. The company raised a whopping US$13 billion, making it the largest share launch of the year, beating out Uber and Lyft. On the back of its listing, we got a chance to speak to Daniel Zhang, executive chairman and chief executive of Alibaba, while he was in Hong Kong.

 

Zhang spoke about how technology is transforming companies and reshaping consumer buying habits, with increased consumption now coming from low-tier cities. Alibaba is the owner of the Post.

18:21

25 Nov 2019

On November 11, also known as Singles’ Day, more than US$38 billion was spent in 24 hours on Alibaba’s e-commerce platforms alone — that’s more than Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Prime Day combined. 

But what really sets Singles’ Day apart from other shopping fests? Why are people shopping on a day that’s not even a holiday? And … is that Taylor Swift at Alibaba’s Singles’ Day gala?

Senior tech reporter Zen Soo and podcast producer Yang Yang spent the day where it all began: at Alibaba’s global headquarters in Hangzhou. 

On November 11, also known as Singles’ Day, more than US$38 billion was spent in 24 hours on Alibaba’s e-commerce platforms alone — that’s more than Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Prime Day combined. 

But what really sets Singles’ Day apart from other shopping fests? Why are people shopping on a day that’s not even a holiday? And … is that Taylor Swift at Alibaba’s Singles’ Day gala?

Senior tech reporter Zen Soo and podcast producer Yang Yang spent the day where it all began: at Alibaba’s global headquarters in Hangzhou. 

15:13

16 Oct 2019

What are China’s DNA testing companies doing differently? What do your DNA test results really mean? We speak to 23Mofang’s CEO, and a geneticist from the University of Hong Kong, to find out.

What are China’s DNA testing companies doing differently? What do your DNA test results really mean? We speak to 23Mofang’s CEO, and a geneticist from the University of Hong Kong, to find out.

25:48

2 Oct 2019

Alex Zhou, chief executive of US-based e-commerce site Yamibuy, has built a business out of selling hard-to-find items for Asian immigrant communities

Alex Zhou, chief executive of US-based e-commerce site Yamibuy, has built a business out of selling hard-to-find items for Asian immigrant communities

18:18

16 Sep 2019

We talked to Jianxiong Xiao, the founder and CEO of AutoX, a high-tech company working on self-driving vehicles

We talked to Jianxiong Xiao, the founder and CEO of AutoX, a high-tech company working on self-driving vehicles

42:21

3 Sep 2019

Castbox CEO Renee Wang looked to China for inspiration and then sold her idea around the world.

Castbox CEO Renee Wang looked to China for inspiration and then sold her idea around the world.

20:11

20 Aug 2019

SCMP visits one of China’s treatment centres for internet addicts more than a decade after such a disorder was classified as an official disease.

SCMP visits one of China’s treatment centres for internet addicts more than a decade after such a disorder was classified as an official disease.

18:41

5 Aug 2019

AI concluded that 265,000 people joined the protest on July 1, while organisers said 550,000 people marched and the police estimated it was 190,000.

AI concluded that 265,000 people joined the protest on July 1, while organisers said 550,000 people marched and the police estimated it was 190,000.

18:46

21 Jul 2019

How Steve Zhao staked his life savings for ten years to create a real-life holodeck.

How Steve Zhao staked his life savings for ten years to create a real-life holodeck.

20:57

15 Jul 2019

Next episode on ICT, we try Sandbox VR games and learn about how Steve Zhao, CEO of Sandbox VR, staked his life savings to create a real-life Holodeck.

Next episode on ICT, we try Sandbox VR games and learn about how Steve Zhao, CEO of Sandbox VR, staked his life savings to create a real-life Holodeck.

3:06

8 Jul 2019

What makes Silicon Valley the global hub of innovation and will China ever catch up?

What makes Silicon Valley the global hub of innovation and will China ever catch up?

27:28

19 Jun 2019

Silicon Valley was seeded with funding for military research at Stanford University.

Silicon Valley was seeded with funding for military research at Stanford University.

2:41

31 May 2019

China’s Silicon Valley caught in crossfire of tech war as country’s most advanced technologies, from AI to drones and robotics, being developed in the area.

China’s Silicon Valley caught in crossfire of tech war as country’s most advanced technologies, from AI to drones and robotics, being developed in the area.

14:17

24 May 2019

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?

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?

18:52

17 May 2019

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

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

23:41

10 May 2019

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

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

21:47

3 May 2019

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

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

21:18

26 Apr 2019

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

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

31:40

19 Apr 2019

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

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

27:11

12 Apr 2019

Analysing how one of China’s biggest live-streaming companies manages and censors the content from its 250 million monthly users, from cigarettes to cleavage, tattoos and protests.

Analysing how one of China’s biggest live-streaming companies manages and censors the content from its 250 million monthly users, from cigarettes to cleavage, tattoos and protests.

19:18

5 Apr 2019

We talk about how a love for gaming built the world's biggest gaming gear company, while its CEO continues to play games all night long.

We talk about how a love for gaming built the world's biggest gaming gear company, while its CEO continues to play games all night long.

23:53

29 Mar 2019

Talking e-commerce, livestreaming for vendors and last mile delivery logistics with the head of Lazada Group, and whether China’s methods of connecting consumers with vendors would work in South East Asia.

Talking e-commerce, livestreaming for vendors and last mile delivery logistics with the head of Lazada Group, and whether China’s methods of connecting consumers with vendors would work in South East Asia.

19:33

22 Mar 2019

Zen Soo speaks with Miro founder and CEO Taylor Hun about facial recognition technology at marathon running events and how companies are using the data

Zen Soo speaks with Miro founder and CEO Taylor Hun about facial recognition technology at marathon running events and how companies are using the data

26:20

15 Mar 2019

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

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

28:22

8 Mar 2019

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

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

12:23

1 Mar 2019

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?

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?

35:45

22 Feb 2019

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.

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.

36:49

15 Feb 2019

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?

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?

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