An AI-generated Coco Lee. (Screen grab from video)

The legal and ethical considerations of 'resurrecting' the dead with AI

Recent AI-generated videos of deceased celebrities have sparked heated debate on whether it is ethical or legal to use the likeness of famed personalities in such videos. Lianhe Zaobao’s China Desk looks into the recent trend of “resurrecting” the dead and the implications.
Representations of cryptocurrency Bitcoin are seen in this illustration picture taken in Paris, France, on 9 March 2024. (Benoit Tessier/Reuters)

Rising cryptocurrency appeal in China despite ban and escalating restrictions

In times of economic uncertainty, the allure of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is stronger, despite China’s ban on cryptocurrency trading and mining since 2021. In some cases, it might even be a means for wealth transfer. NUS academic Ben Charoenwong discusses the issue.
The mastermind of the fraud Qian Zhimin (left, also known as “Hua Hua”) is still at large. Wen Jian (right) is charged with money laundering and will be sentenced on 10 May 2024. (The UK’s Crown Prosecution Service)

How billions in Bitcoin laundered from China ended up in British hands

A high roller from the UK has been found to have participated in what the British Metropolitan police described as the largest Bitcoin money laundering case in UK history, resulting in the seizure of 61,000 bitcoins, now worth approximately 31 billion RMB.
Ultra-short dramas are usually no longer than three minutes per episode, with about 100 episodes for each series. (Photo: Daryl Lim)

[Big read] Are ultra-short dramas in China just a fad?

Even as ultra-short dramas are all the rage in China right now, Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Daryl Lim takes a closer look at whether this currently popular trend will last, or fade away as quickly as it rose.
TikTok app logo is seen in this illustration taken on 22 August 2022. (Dado Ruvic/Reuters)

Will TikTok survive the latest attack from the US?

Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan notes that the US’s latest moves against TikTok are getting a response from TikTok as well as its users. Will TikTok survive the latest onslaught and will the Chinese government back the company?
People visit a shopping mall in Beijing, China, on 18 February 2024. (Pedro Pardo/AFP)

China’s capital market faces challenge of shrinking population

Chinese academic Han Heyuan notes that amid longstanding challenges, an emerging issue could sink China’s capital market further in dire straits: a declining population.
The logo of Tencent is seen at a Tencent office in Shanghai, China, on 13 December 2021. (Aly Song/Reuters)

China’s gaming industry takes a hit amid challenging outlook

The proposal of new gaming regulations in China have sent shockwaves through the industry, with the top gaming company Tencent seeing its market value drop dramatically. Lianhe Zaobao senior correspondent Chew Boon Leong takes a look at the challenges facing the industry.
The Alipay logo is seen at the Asian Games 2023, Hangzhou, China. (SPH Media)

Has Alipay become a state-owned enterprise?

With Alibaba founder Jack Ma ceding control of Alipay in January 2023, and the People's Bank of China granting the application for no controlling shareholder at Alipay a year later, no single individual is in control of the company's decisions, and no shareholder holds more than 30% of its shares. This is seen as a critical step before Ant Group's IPO. But, has Alipay become a "state-owned enterprise"?
Job seekers attend a job fair in Beijing, China, on 16 February 2023. (Florence Lo/Reuters)

China’s dismal job market for disabled deepens employment woes

The growing problem facing disabled workers in the Chinese job market has prompted regulators to tighten their grip on the booming affiliation business, but they are also encountering difficulties.