Yesterday

Chip shortage and Covid weigh on China’s smartphone market even as it bounced back from pandemic lows

China domestic smartphone shipments jumped 15.9% in 2021, but remained below pre-pandemic levels as the chip shortage and Covid outbreaks held back growth. Read more on cnbc.com


GOP Lawmakers Say Dem Appointees Doing Chinese Spy Firm’s Bidding

Two Republican lawmakers are calling out Democrat-appointed congressional administrators for waging a stealth pressure campaign against a U.S. company on behalf of a Chinese surveillance firm, according to a letter sent Tuesday to the House clerk and Senate secretary. Read more on freebeacon.com


Hang Seng retains upside as China pledges policy support while Alibaba slips

Local stocks log early gains, shrugging off losses elsewhere in regional markets, as China’s central bank signals it’s ready to deploy more tools to support the economy Read more on scmp.com


Chinese Property Giant Said Its Employee of The Year Was Not a Human, But an AI Program

From news anchors to company employees, AI-powered virtual humans have quickly taken over human posts in China. In … Read more on theepochtimes.com



This week

The waning efficacy of China’s vaccines presents a ‘smart power’ opportunity for the West – British Foreign Policy Group

Research and Events Intern, Sam Brown analyses vaccine diplomacy, the impact of the COVAX scheme and the efficacy of the Sinovac vaccine. Read more on bfpg.co.uk


Congress Distributes ‘Made in China’ Masks

A Chinese spy and a British premier minister were seen together at whispering distance. Photos are now driving backlash over just how much the Chinese Communist Party’s influence is cozying up to the West. Read more on ntd.com


China stocks rally as policy easing bets spur energy, material producers

Mainland stocks are headed for the biggest rally in six weeks appear as China’s economic slowdown strengthens expectations for further policy and market-friendly measures. Equities in Hong Kong erase earlier gains. Read more on scmp.com


China car sector falling short of ‘net zero’ goals – Greenpeace

China’s massive car sector is on track to bring its climate-warming carbon dioxide emissions to a peak by 2027 but on current trends it is unlikely to meet the country’s 2060 “net zero” target Read more on reuters.com


Down but not out: China’s Alibaba looks towards challenging 2022

Chinese tech giant’s deep pockets and ability to adapt are seen as key to weathering the tough year ahead. Read more on aljazeera.com


After flying start, Stellantis must tackle Tesla and China

If playing catch up with Tesla is what everyone in the auto industry is about then Stellantis, the company formed from the merger of Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot, has had a good start – its shares have far outpaced its U.S. rival in its inaugural year. Read more on reuters.com


Sanctioned Chinese firms have pocketed thosuands in furlough cash

Controversial firms blacklisted by the US over fears they contributed to the repression of Uighur Muslims took money from the UK Government to pay their staff’s wages during the national lockdown. Read more on dailymail.co.uk


Alibaba, JD.com investors lead the shift to Hong Kong’s market

The development adds to the momentum of decoupling between the world’s two largest economies, reversing a trend that nurtured some of China’s most influential companies and enriched global banks and investors via New York-bound share floats in the last two decades. Read more on scmp.com


Tesla Inks Deal to Get Key Battery Component Outside China

LONDON—Tesla is turning to Mozambique for a key component in its electric car batteries in what analysts believe … Read more on ntd.com


Hang Seng slips as tech pullback on China GDP while Macau casinos soar

Stocks slip as Alibaba Group and Chinese tech peers drag the benchmark Hang Seng Index lower on China dta. Macau casino operators offer a bright spot following a regulatory boost on late Friday. Read more on scmp.com


China’s zero-Covid policy could deal another blow to global supply chains, Moody’s says

The challenges has been “with us for about a year now,” said Katrina Ell is a senior economist for Asia-Pacific at Moody’s Analytics. Read more on cnbc.com