Chips were the largest single commodity item imported in 2018, before crude oil. The absence of an advanced chip industry is casting a shadow over downstream sectors like artificial intelligence, big data and cloud computing on the mainland. Although favorable government policies are in place, it takes time to catch up.
Pockets of resurgence at Xinfadi in Beijing ring the alarm that COVID-19 will stay with us for a while. No comprehensive lockdowns perhaps but austerity measures will be rolled out to prevent rebound. Fears need to be managed as economic resilience comes from confidence in coping with the second wave. China cannot afford to lose the battle in a war of attribution given its initial campaign success.
According to Jack Ma, internet finance is impossible without a powerful credit system and a reliable risk-management system, both of which function on a strong database. "From its first days, P2P lending was just illegal fundraising platforms running on web pages. It is unreasonable to blame the whole of internet finance for each problem we meet."
Singapore has long been the No. 1 choice as the Asian headquarter for many tech companies, such as Facebook, Google and Netflix, which slowly builds up its brand as an ideal launchpad for business entering Asia.
Xiaomi and Transsion Holdings will be the two major players in the African market in 2019. How both businesses play out on the African continent will emerge as a striking case study with which to interpret this emerging market.
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