Journals

Latest news and scientific research from China and Asia. 
South China Morning Post
  1. China’s leading search engine, Baidu, has entered the fray to take on Tesla and a clutch of domestic smart electric car makers through a new partnership with vehicle manufacturer Geely. Baidu, which already runs one of the world’s largest open autonomous-driving platforms, plans to use Geely’s production facilities and development capabilities to reinforce its foray into car manufacturing, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter. Shares of Geely Automobile shot up by a fifth in…
  2. China is planning to realign hundreds of “state key laboratories” with the country’s technology priorities and articulate a 10-year programme to boost spending on fundamental science research, as Beijing rolls up its sleeves in competing for tech dominance against the United States.At the national technology working conference on Tuesday, the Ministry of Science and Technology said China will carry out a systemic restructuring of the country’s national key labs and release a 10-year plan to…
  3. China’s health care sector can expect a brighter outlook as services resume their growth trajectory after the government tackled the Covid-19 pandemic to strengthen economic expansion, analysts said.While vaccine deployment is certain to hog the limelight, Citigroup said internet platform operators can profit from ongoing policy reforms to spur greater adoption of online services and reduce hospital trips. Pressure on drug prices is a key challenge to market players, China Renaissance…
  4. What is the C919?The C919 is a narrow-body jet being built by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac), a state-owned company based in Shanghai, to compete with Boeing’s 737 and Airbus’ A320.How is the C919 being developed?The Chinese government formed Comac in 2008 to design and build the single-aisle C919.However, most of the parts are imported from foreign manufacturers, including the engine, avionics, control systems, communications and landing gear.According to a report…
  5. Shenzhen, the southern boomtown hand-picked by Chinese President Xi Jinping as a model “socialist” city, has set lofty development and technology goals in a blueprint for 2025 and beyond, painting itself a bright future despite challenges from US sanctions and slowing economic growth at home.The mainland city, which spent the last couple of decades transforming from a sweatshop manufacturing base into China’s answer to Silicon Valley, has hopes to boost its economy to 4 trillion yuan (US$612.8…
  6. Hitachi Zosen, a Japanese sustainable energy engineering company, will build the world’s largest facility to produce methane from carbon dioxide and hydrogen generated at a coal-based industrial zone in Shaanxi province. The facility, a pilot project, is part of a Sino-Japanese collaboration on carbon reduction.Osaka-based Hitachi Zosen, a 139-year-old former shipbuilding giant that now focuses on energy from waste, desalination plants engineering and industrial equipment manufacturing, has…
  7. The Hong Kong researchers at the centre of China’s mission to collect lunar rock samples said they felt a “big relief” after the arrival of the samples back on Earth on Thursday, but they added that their space quest was far from over.The research team at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, led by Professor Yung Kai-leung, developed the sampling scoops and sealed container used by the Chang’e 5 mission to collect and bring back surface soil and rocks from the moon – the first collection of lunar…
  8. In a sign that China is making progress in brain-computer interface technology, a public hospital in Shanghai has begun neuromodulation treatment for depressed patients by using electrode chips implanted in their brains, according to Chinese media reports.Affiliated with the prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Ruijin Hospital in Shanghai briefed Chinese media on its brain-computer interface (BCI) therapy project when it unveiled a new BCI and neuromodulation centre last week…
  9. Two years before the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Chinese authorities revealed plans to use cloud-seeding to control the weather. The feat involved launching 1,104 rockets packed with silver iodide into the sky, which helped eliminate any threat of downpours in the nation’s capital during the event’s opening ceremony on August 8 that year.Fast-forward around 12 years since that Olympiad, and China now plans to aggressively expand its weather control programme. The country expects its…
  10. More than three decades after Hong Kong and Singapore separately embarked on growing biotechnology sectors at almost the same time, their outcomes have proven dramatically different.Observers say Hong Kong’s efforts have sputtered and lagged behind Singapore’s strides in setting up a range of research institutions, attracting top talent and manufacturers, creating jobs and providing a launch pad for start-ups.There is now a new urgency for Hong Kong to prove its prowess, given China’s five-year…