China

India bans 54 Chinese apps on ‘security concerns’ – report

The Indian government has issued fresh orders to ban over 54 Chinese apps, terming them as "a threat to privacy and security of Indians", local media The Economic Times reported…

What does China’s emissions trading scheme mean for businesses?

In 2020, China deepened its climate commitments by pledging its “dual carbon” goals: for carbon emissions to peak by 2030 and for the country to be carbon neutral by 2060. China…

ADDX, ICHAM ink $200M agreement linked to China government-granted quota for offshore investments

ADDX, the digital securities exchange formerly known as iSTOX, expects to enlarge its business in China significantly, after concluding a $200 million agreement tied to a…

Challenges and opportunities: How digital tools help increase customer retention rate and yield for traditional businesses like automotive service

When car owners rely on digital diagnostic reports, traditional stores can no longer retain them through the current customer retention methods. At present, the Xi'an automotive…

China’s Black Lake continues to digitize industrial China and APAC with $77M Series C

Chinese digital collaboration company  Black Lake Smart Manufacturing (HeiHu ZhiZao) has secured over $77 million (nearly CNY 500 million) in a Series C round of funding led by…

SWITCH 2020 recap: China’s shoppertainment craze – Is the social commerce livestream hitting its ceiling?

Livestream e-commerce has reached dizzying sales figures, and optimism is rife. However,  the sector may have hit its limit. The hype around livestreamed e-commerce is threatening…

SWITCH 2020 recap: Mobility insights in China – Is China’s EV industry thriving or diving?

Chinese carmakers have long sought to expand overseas amid Beijing’s ambition to build a world-class auto industry, and the baton has now been passed to young Electric Vehicle…

SWITCH Southeast Asia startups at a crossroad yay or nay to Chinese investments and partnerships

SWITCH 2020 recap: The Southeast Asia dynamic with Chinese investments and partnerships

For many China tech companies, Southeast Asia is both a second market and, increasingly, the most important global office—a home away from home. With the ongoing geopolitical…

Becoming Indonesia’s social commerce leader: Lessons from Pinduoduo

  When it comes to social commerce, Pinduoduo is easily one of the first names that come to mind with the pioneering work they did in China, now with 700 million annual…

Ant Financial, Ant Group, Jack Ma, Alibaba

Jack Ma’s fintech giant Ant: a brief history of its Southeast Asia empire building

Now we know that Ant Financial—or Ant Group, as we apparently must call it from now on—is ready for dual IPOs pretty soon, it’s a good time to remember that the Alibaba spinoff…