AI expert Lee Kai-fu, chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures. (Photo provide by interviewee)

[Video] Future 365: Lee Kai-fu on AI — Painting humanity’s future

In the first of Lianhe Zaobao’s Future 365 interview series, Lianhe Zaobao executive editor Han Yong May speaks to chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures Lee Kai-fu, who gives his take on the future of AI and how he thinks it will impact our lives, given the improvements seen over the past decade.
BYD Co. E5 electric vehicles in taxi livery at a lot in Shenzhen, China, on 17 January 2024. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)

[Big read] Unseating China? The global race to make cheaper and better EVs

Car manufacturers from Europe, America, Japan, and South Korea not only have to contend with the intense competition from Chinese electric vehicles (EVs), but also with the fallout from the drop in global EV demand. We take a look at what various parties are doing to safeguard their market shares.
An Avatr 11 electric vehicle, powered by Huawei Inside intelligent solution, is displayed at the Auto Shanghai show, in Shanghai, China, 18 April 2023. (Aly Song/Reuters)

Huawei aims to pull ahead of Tesla in autonomous driving race

The prospect of driverless cars on the roads still seems futuristic, but the potential rewards are too enticing to ignore. The entry of Huawei into the field with its recently launched luxury electric SUV means that competition in the sector is going to get fierce.
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.
China's cloud providers are venturing into international markets, taking on more established global players. (Adobestock)

China’s cloud giants seek profits abroad as domestic margins dwindle

Chinese cloud providers such as Tencent and Huawei are stepping up their game and entering overseas markets, in competition with global players like Amazon. How will these Chinese cloud giants do in territories like Southeast Asia and the Middle East, especially given the rise of AI and large language models?
The logo of China's Tencent Music Entertainment Group is seen next to an earphone in this illustration picture taken 22 March 2021. (Florence Lo/Illustration/Reuters)

China’s internet content kings struggle to keep users paying

China’s internet content industry has finally cultivated its first group of paying customers following years of heavy spending and heated competition. Maintaining momentum, however, will be a tall order.
The Alibaba Group logo is seen during the company's 11.11 Singles' Day global shopping festival at their headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, on 11 November 2020. (Aly Song/Reuters)

Big tech is changing in China, and so are its hiring plans

China’s tech sector has been making mass layoffs, freezing hiring and cutting pay since 2022, and there is little sign of a bounce-back. Cost reductions, efficiency enhancement or talent structure optimisation are often the words these companies use. But what is really weighing on the job market are sluggish business growth, intensified market competition and the unprecedented challenges of the business landscape amid new technology.
A woman looks at a new iPhone 15 Pro and a Huawei Mate 60 Pro as Apple's new iPhone 15 officially goes on sale across China, at an Apple store in Shanghai, China, on 22 September 2023. (Aly Song/Reuters)

China-US smartphone tech war: Apple losing the Chinese market?

China’s smartphone giants have made great strides over the past decade or so, catching up with companies such as Apple in terms of sales as well as research and development. However, there is still a long way to go for China’s smartphone ecosystems to crack the global market.
Most self-driving cars still have a safety driver in the driver's seat, but they only intervene in the event of an emergency. (Photo: Zeng Shi)

[Big read] Guangzhou remains at the forefront of the nascent autonomous car industry

Guangzhou’s open policies towards the development of intelligent connected vehicles have created a favourable business environment to boost the industry. However, autonomous driving for robobuses and robotaxis is still largely in the research and development stage, with small steps in commercial trials. It will be difficult for companies to achieve economic balance in the short term. Lianhe Zaobao journalist Zeng Shi speaks with industry insiders to learn more about this nascent sector.