The most complete chronicle of China's meteoric rise in the past decade."
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A U.S. Ban on Selling to Chinese AI Startups Hits Hard but China Is In It for the Long Haul
In the "what could go wrong" list of deterrents that could slow China's tech boom, the blacklisting of three leading Chinese startups in artificial intelligence certainly stands out now. The Trump Administration has put these three AI companies--
iFlyTek--on its entity list, requiring American companies to get approval before selling to them.
It's a major blow for China's ambition to lead this foundational technology worldwide by 2030 and create a $150 billion domestic industry.
Megvii have issued statements noting that the block will have minimal impact on their business and that they are in it for the long haul.
Read more at Forbes.
Read related article in Wired, Trump's Latest Salvo Against China Targets AI Firms, quoting the author of Tech Titans of China, on this latest evidence of a U.S.-China tech cold war.
Corporations Bracing for China's
Social Credit System and Scores
China's social credit system of scoring Chinese citizens on a code of personal conduct is moving to foreign corporations.
Beginning next year, compliance will be enforced by China's Ministry of Public Security over access to corporate data housed on Chinese servers.
Foreign companies are being advised to reevaluate their data collection processes in light of this new action. The impact could be a further decoupling of US-China tech and trade activities.
"Foreign companies will have to decide whether it is worth the risk to sell or manufacture in China. This new lead could lead to diversification of supply chains or decoupling," said
David Jacobson, a global business strategy teacher and executive director of online education
at the SMU Cox School of Business as well as a
visiting professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
The new cybersecurity laws give the Chinese government access to files, contracts, copyrights, business strategies and phone records with no permission asked, according to
The rules first went into effect in 2018 but compliance was not enforced.
Starting in 2020, China is requiring that businesses collect and feed internal information into a centralized data system. The data will be used to quantify the moral codes of corporations, and the individuals that run them, and reward or punish accordingly.
Social credit for business
Several Chinese companies and visionaries broke through on KPMG's annual ranking of top disruptors globally. Among those in leading positions were China's e-commerce leader
Alibaba, search company
Baidu, drone maker
DJI and the CEOs of Chinese telecom giant
Huawei and smart phone maker
Xiaomi. The ratings by
KPMG's yearly survey of tech execs globally were surprisingly skewed to China - and the U.S -- but left out some key technologies of the future.
led a $100 million, Series D investment in Chinese e-commerce cross-border company
. Other investors were
Chinese biotech firm
Insilico inks $200 million drug discovery and AI deal. Qiming recently led a $37 million infusion in the company.
Alibaba is acquiring Beijing-based cybersecurity startup
Chatin Tech for its cloud computing business.
Chinese real estate transaction platform
Fangdd has filed for a $150 million IPO on Nasdaq. This comes at a time when there's been talk the
U.S. could ban Chinese IPOs.
CDH, Lightspeed China and Vision Knight Capital are backers.
In DC, word comes that China's
should be investigated by U.S. national security officials over its 2017 acquisition of social media startup
that's behind the company's popular video app TikTok. Republican Senator
accused the company of censoring content on behalf of the Chinese government and the Communist Party. My article at Harvard Business Review points out that ByteDance has a global strategy and has created two versions of the app -- one for China, and one for the rest of the world.
NBA grovels to China over 'insult" over tweet about Hong Kong freedoms. Opinion columnist and former global advisory exec George Koo writes in
Asia Times: "The sooner America can accept China for what it is and not what the US would like it to be, the sooner both parties can begin to focus on where mutual ground and common interests exist and find ways to maximize benefits for both sides.
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China experts advise political leaders to tone down disputes.
, based on my talk and related panel at
Talk & Commentary: Brookings Institution, DC
Keynote: Rebecca A. Fannin / Commentary:
Craig Allen, David Dollar and Cheng Li
October 10, 2019