Not just the Russians Jun 18, 2021 (WiC 545)
“China’s growing influence and international policies present challenges to alliance security”
A warning from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the organisation’s summit this week in Brussels. The message was mixed: Stoltenberg said Beijing was “not an adversary” but the NATO communiqué highlighted China’s “stated ambitions and assertive behaviour” as posing “systemic challenges to the rules-based international order”.
Piggy push Jun 11, 2021 (WiC 544)
“Personalised distribution of content is too powerful. If you like pig food, that’s all they’ll feed you”
Tencent’s vice-president Song Zhonghuai trashes short-video content at the China Internet Radio & Video Convention last Thursday. The remark was widely viewed as an attack on Bytedance’s popular service Douyin. The two tech rivals have feuded for some time, with Bytedance retorting that Sun’s comments were “arrogant” and “stigmatised the short-video industry”.
Good for the soul Jun 4, 2021 (WiC 543)
“For a good smart car the hardware is the body and the software is the soul”
Zhou Hongyi, founder and CEO of Qihoo 360, tells the China Daily why his firm, a leading player in antivirus software and internet security, has invested in electric vehicle start-up Nezha. “Smart cars are expected to become one of the largest players in the field of smart technology. So network security, as well as the cyber security of connected vehicles, will inevitably become an important aspect of Qihoo 360’s future strategy,” Zhou added.
A legacy to build on May 28, 2021 (WiC 542)
“I hope all of us could carry Mr Zuo’s belief of ‘doing the right thing even if it’s difficult’ and move forward on the long journey ahead of us in the housing transaction and services industry”
Peng Yongdeng, 41, this week took the reins at Beike (see WiC508), after the shock announcement last week of the death of its 50 year-old founder Zuo Hui from cancer. Co-founder Peng has been appointed the new chairman of the New York-listed online real estate brokerage which at one point was more valuable than leading property developer China Vanke.