Innovation

Keep track of the latest China technological innovations. 
South China Morning Post
  1. The city of Beijing will develop new “trillion yuan” hi-tech manufacturing clusters and strengthen its capabilities in areas such as artificial intelligence and quantum communication research, according to its new five-year action plan to be a global science and technology hub.The Chinese capital wants to attract more global talent by offering better work conditions, and opening up its research facilities to international scientists to boost China’s influence in global science and technology…
  2. China’s electric car assemblers and battery producers are setting a new goalpost in their battle for supremacy in the world’s largest vehicle market: a driving range of up to 1,000 kilometres (621 miles) on a single charge.Their new weapon is the solid-state battery, deemed a better option because the electricity from solid electrodes and a solid electrolyte is safer, more reliable and more efficient than the liquid or polymer gel electrolytes found in existing lithium-ion or lithium polymer…
  3. China’s production of integrated circuits and industrial robots surged in 2020, as the country boosted its output of hi-tech products amid tighter US restrictions, according to official industrial statistics. A similar growth rate in imported chips, however, suggests China remains far from its goal of self-sufficiency in the critical technology.The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released new data on Monday that showed the US blacklisting of Chinese tech champions like Semiconductor…
  4. Hong Kong could play a leading role in easing China’s financial integration with the rest of the world amid Beijing and Washington’s technology and trade war, according to the city’s securities regulator.Attempts by the Trump administration to decouple the world’s two largest economies had also cemented Beijing’s resolve to further expedite its financial integration with other economies of the world. This presented a “breakthrough” opportunity for Hong Kong, said Julia Leung Fung-yee, the…
  5. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), the world’s biggest contract chip maker, is gearing up to roll out its newest chip production process, enabling the development of integrated circuits that speed up the performance of consumer electronics devices without sacrificing battery life. The company will begin “risk production” of its 3-nanometre chipmaking process this year, an advance over the 5-nanometre process that was rolled out for mass production in 2020. The technology advance…
  6. When the Chinese government effectively banned cryptocurrencies in 2017, the future of blockchain technology in the world’s second-largest economy did not look bright. But an endorsement from President Xi Jinping in late 2019 completely turned things around.More than a year later, China has launched its own “internet for blockchain” called the Blockchain Service Network. A number of both private and public organisations have also implemented blockchain in a variety of use cases, including…
  7. Beijing-based Kuaishou Technology, the world’s second-largest video-sharing app, has won the green light from Hong Kong to raise roughly US$5 billion to US$6 billion, potentially the city’s largest IPO in over a year, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.The company, in which Tencent Holdings, China’s largest games publisher, owns a 21.6 per cent stake, was cleared by the listing committee of the Hong Kong stock exchange on Thursday night. The nine-year-old company can now launch…
  8. The European Union should create a united front with the US to tighten control of the transfer of semiconductor technologies to China that could be used to advance weapons developed by the Chinese military, according to the recommendation from a French think tank.“The military end-use of semiconductor technology is a serious issue from the perspective of peace in East Asia,” Institut Montaigne, a Paris-based public policy think tank, said in the report issued on Thursday.“There should be a…
  9. China has drafted new rules that legalise autonomous driving (AD) tests on highways, putting it in line with the US, Germany and the UK, as the country’s new vehicle makers and autonomous driving companies speed on towards a driverless future.The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s (MIIT) new draft regulations allow for “road testing and example application of smart connected vehicles”, and highways are permitted as one of the scenarios to test driverless cars.The draft, published…
  10. The Covid-19 pandemic has rapidly accelerated the adoption of digital technology, which in turn has touched seemingly every aspect of our lives: socialising, shopping, working from home and more.Extended reality (XR) – an umbrella term for immersive technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) – has perhaps benefited most from the pandemic’s early lockdown days, by enabling consumers to explore and meet within distinct virtual environments from home.Video game news site…