Ralph Jennings


Big-tech complains but complies as governments crack down 

Big-tech complains but complies as governments crack down 

A government committee led by President Xi Jinping said in mid-March that China would increase oversight of internet platforms to pace the digital economy’s quick development. The pledge follows fines, warnings and mandated service reductions aimed at major Chinese companies since November, when regulators mothballed fintech giant Ant Group’s $37 …

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Stuck in the EV chip traffic jam

Stuck in the EV chip traffic jam

(ATF) Designers of the world’s most cutting-edge cars, especially the kind that run on electricity and are stacked with autonomous driving perks, figured last year that to get semiconductors all they had to do was ask the producers. They make up a newish $42.1 billion market for chips, which run …

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Taiwan investors prefer home comforts but new lands tempt too 

Taiwan investors prefer home comforts but new lands tempt too

Taiwanese officials recorded another robust year for capital invested at home, including a chunk from overseas, but analysts say the trend is tapering off as traditional offshore investment patches become more attractive. A total of 790 Taiwanese investors had applied to spend about NT$1.18 trillion ($42.1 billion) on projects at …

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What happens when political rivals Taiwan, China drill for oil together 

What happens when political rivals Taiwan, China drill for oil together 

(ATF) Taipei: Taiwan and its long-time political rival mainland China have quit talking since 2016. China scaled back Taiwan-bound tourists, and Taiwan is pushing investors to stay home or consider sites in Southeast Asia rather than venture into the mainland. Chinese military aircraft enter Taiwan-claimed airspace almost every day. But …

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Taiwan expects boom in global orders for 5G smartphones 

Taiwan expects boom in global orders for 5G smartphones 

HTC, hobbled for years by financial losses, posted a rogue revenue gain in November as its 5G smartphones took off in its home market of Taiwan. The 23-year-old smartphone developer, that saw its global market share peak nearly a decade ago with some of the world’s first Android handsets, has …

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China buying Taiwanese phone and PC displays in latest shift from US

China buying Taiwanese phone, PC displays in latest shift away from US

(ATF) Taiwan, a global hub for high-tech hardware manufacturing, has already become a refuge from the Sino-US trade dispute and a new place for Chinese buyers to source semiconductors as Beijing and Washington spar over access to US technology.Now China is giving Taiwanese tech firms another boost as they shun …

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How Biden’s tech-savvy advisers will engage - and challenge - China

How Biden’s tech-savvy advisers will engage - and challenge - China

(ATF) US president-elect Joe Biden wrote in an online commentary this year that China, if left on its own, “will keep robbing the US of our technology and intellectual property”. He said in a mid-2019 speech that Beijing would keep “forcing American companies” to give their technology away as a …

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