App wars between China and U.S. caught in tit-for-tat dynamic

Oct 1, 2020
Chinese officials seem to ignore the fact that they put up many obstacles for U.S. tech firms to operate in China.
Chinese smartphone users in Shanghai are largely blocked from accessing U.S. social media apps because of longstanding trade barriers.
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Will U.S. action against SMIC hurt China's tech sector?

Sep 28, 2020
The Trump administration has long harbored suspicions that the semiconductor company supplies Chinese military interests.
Workers build semiconductors at a factory in Beijing. The U.S. ban on doing business with SMIC is the latest in a long string of U.S.-China conflicts.
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COVID-19 tests the limits of online schooling tech in China

Apr 21, 2020
Among the challenges: How do you teach gym class to students stuck in tiny apartments?
Ada Lu chats with her classmates in online group discussions every day but she hasn't seen them in person for more than two months and misses playing with her friends.
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Shenzhen: birthplace to Huawei — plus several other Chinese tech behemoths

Jun 27, 2019
The city has made a name for itself as China's Silicon Valley with three factors: government support, speed and location.
The Shenzhen skyline, including the Shenzhen World Financial Center illuminated by green lights, in 2010.
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In AI race, it's sometimes hard to say who’s winning

Feb 11, 2019
President Donald Trump signed an executive order this afternoon to create a program to boost U.S. leadership in artificial intelligence. No new funding per se, that’s up to Congress. But the White House is directing federal agencies to prioritize AI…