Hi-tech manufacturing

People look at the new iPhone 15 Pro as Apple's new iPhone 15 officially goes on sale across China at an Apple store in Shanghai, China, 22 September 2023. (Aly Song/Reuters)

Apple's bid to pull off a rebound in the Chinese market

Chinese consumer interest in Apple iPhones is waning as competitors eat away at its market share. Analysts also believe that the lack of innovation in the new releases has led to declining sales. Meanwhile, Chinese manufacturers remain an important part of the production of Apple products, with no viable replacement in sight. Lianhe Zaobao journalist Daryl Lim speaks with experts and academics to find out more about Apple’s place in China.
Visitors check a Zeekr 001, a model from Geely's new premium electric vehicle (EV) brand Zeekr, at its factory in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, China, on 15 April 2021. (Yilei Sun/Reuters)

China’s overcapacity draws concern from global market

China’s production overcapacity is an issue that its officials are well aware of, and it has even drawn the criticism of the outside world, most recently US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Given the fact that high-end manufacturing is facing overcapacity pressures and risks just after it has taken off, how will China mitigate the impact of overcapacity on the geopolitical landscape and its external environment?
In this photo illustration, a video created by OpenAI's newly released text-to-video Sora tool plays on a monitor in Washington, DC, on 16 February 2024. (Drew Angerer/AFP)

OpenAI's Sora causing 'AI anxiety' in China

With the advent of AI text-to-video model Sora developed by OpenAI, it seems that China’s tech sector is getting nervous and looking at how to close the gap with the US, which is set to get bigger if China is unable to create its own similar technology.
A Volkswagen AG automobile charges at a Belib' public electric vehicle charging station in Paris, France, on 14 February 2024. (Benjamin Girette/Bloomberg)

How German automakers maintain their edge over Chinese EV brands

German academic Helena Wisbert analyses how strong European consumer appetites are for electric cars, in particular as new entrants from China and the US seek to get a slice of the pie. She asks: have competitors, who have equipped their vehicles with numerous digital features, AI-supported voice control and a variety of third-party applications, misunderstood the German market?
A motorcyclist passes an advertisement for electric vehicle at the Car Valley area in Wuhan, China, on 24 October 2023. (Bloomberg)

EV battery race: Has China won?

Lianhe Zaobao journalist Liu Sha notes that while China currently seems to be ahead of the competition in terms of electric vehicles and batteries, questions of cost, quality and sustainability have to be taken into account in considering how China can maintain its lead in the battery industry.
Pedestrians walk past an advertisement for Huawei's Mate 60 series smartphones outside a Huawei store in Shanghai, China, 8 September 2023. (Aly Song/Reuters)

Has China’s chip sector reached the end of the line?

While many are impressed by the release of Huawei’s Mate series smartphone equipped with 7-nanometre chips, some would believe that China has reached the pinnacle of its semiconductor development. Commentator Gu Erde takes a look at China’s chip sector thus far as it grapples with the US's tech blockade.
US President Joe Biden (second from left) makes a toast with Vietnam's President Vo Van Thuong (second from right) during a State luncheon at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on 11 September 2023. (Nhac Nguyen/AFP)

Stronger US-Vietnam economic ties could also trigger China

The historic upgrade in Vietnam-US relations has more to do with economics than defence and security. The recent visit by US President Joe Biden was an opportunity for both sides to strengthen cooperation in areas such as high-tech manufacturing, including semiconductor production. This is part of the US's "de-risking" strategy in dealing with China.
People walk past a Huawei store with advertisements for the Mate 60 series smartphones, at a shopping mall in Beijing, China, on 30 August 2023. (Yelin Mo/Reuters)

Is China emerging from the chip chokehold with Huawei's Mate 60 Pro smartphone?

Amid the China-US tech war, US sanctions dealt a great blow to Huawei's growth and development. However, the company's launch of a new, apparently 5G, phone was announced during US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo’s visit to China. Is it sending a message to the US that China’s technological development cannot be stopped? Lianhe Zaobao associate editor Han Yong Hong gives her take on the issue.
Dreame Technology’s second-generation bionic robot dog and general-purpose humanoid robot. (Photo: Chen Jing)

China’s humanoid robots catching up with US and Japan?

Humanoid robots have become the latest trend in the tech industry, with US and Chinese tech firms trying to beat each other to the punch in releasing their robots. While China is still lagging behind in software, the hardware gap between China and the US and Japan is expected to shrink.