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Some of the more noteworthy news tidbits that happened in China last week.

Baidu wins lawsuit over MP3’s

A bit more than a week ago Chinese search engine Baidu won a MP3 copyright infringement case lawsuit, brought to court by 7 of the world’s largest music companies, among them Warner and Sony.

Baidu ‘helps’ its users to find mp3 files by a specialized mp3 search engine. It’s one of the reasons why Baidu is very popular. They help you even to find the top 100 [links to translated version of the page]. Before you can download they show a pro forma screen telling you that Baidu attaches great importance to the protection of intellectual property rights.

From Interfax

The Beijing No.1 Intermediate People’s Court overseeing the case ruled that the accusations brought against the Chinese search giant do not have adequate legal support.

“This is good news for us and it will foster the cooperation between Internet companies and the music industry,” Lesley Zhang, an official with Baidu, said.

The music companies don’t see the verdict as good news and will appeal. The thing is that, unless the central government really wants intellectual property rights to be respected, it will take some time before the mp3 search will be disabled. For Baidu it’s great way to force the music labels to negotiate a deal.

Baidu Bookmarks Social

Baidu enters the Social Bookmarking frenzy.

China Web 2.0 Review writes

The Summer of …

Porn is still a sensitive issue in China, on and offline. A daring entrepreneur stepped in the Chinese online porn wasteland but has to pay for it dearly.

From P2Pnet

He started the Qingseliuyuetian (pornographic summer) website in 2004 and opened a further three porn websites, attracting more than 600,000 users.

He was tracked down after, “a hospital website had changed to become the homepage of a porn website”.

He has been jailed for life.

Google Zeitgeist China September

Google Zeitgeist China has been updated with the September data. Most of the popular searches are, as before, related to entertainment. The seasonal search is for Teacher’s Day.

Blogger unblocked again

Lastly but not least, blogspot blogs can be read again in China. Recently they unblocked Wikipedia and once the world had written about it, they made it unavailable. It’s an ongoing saga, block, unblock and it won’t stop I’m afraid.

Gemme van Hasselt is an Internet Marketing Consultant, living in Shanghai, China. His musings on life can be found on China Snippets

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Where Do China And India Stand In Terms Of Blockchain?

China is growing its investments in Blockchain tech and India needs to catch up

Last year China launched the Blockchain Service Networks (BSN) in more than 100 cities. This was a step towards enhanced use of blockchain technology and is anticipated to reduce the cost of doing

China and Blockchain Where Does India Stand?

Last year China launched the Blockchain Service Networks (BSN) in more than 100 cities. This was a step towards enhanced use of blockchain technology and is anticipated to reduce the cost of doing blockchain-based business . Blockchain technology has gained a lot of attention in recent years. It was initially exclusively associated with cryptocurrencies and their trade. Later, blockchain showed capabilities that could be used by many industries. According to the Markets and Markets report , the global blockchain market size is estimated to reach USD39.7 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 67.3% between 2023 and 2025. This humongous growth can be a result of blockchain being successfully implemented in enhancing business processes, security, and streamlining supply chains by many industries. Blockchain uses distributed ledger technology for digital transactions , in peer-to-peer networks and connected nodes. This disruptive tech is highly accepted for its secure immutable transactional platform. Reports revealed that China has the most number of blockchain patents in the world and there are a lot of giant tech companies and cryptocurrency forms in China that are betting on blockchain technology. The country is successfully leading the race by taking blockchain technology beyond the crypto world and using it to enhance the economy. Although China has effectively banned privately held cryptocurrencies , it widely promotes digital payments, and hence the recent introduction of digital Yuan, a state-owned digital currency. The Blockchain-based Service Network is initiated by the State Information Center, UnionPay, China Mobile, and Red Date. According to a white paper released by the BSN base, it is a cross-cloud, cross-portal, cross-framework, global infrastructure network used to deploy and operate all types of blockchain applications. China has established several policies and national standards for blockchain technology. The country identifies blockchain as a significantly disruptive technology that can efficiently drive innovation and industrial transformation. Chinese financial institutions are one of the primary adopters of blockchain by leveraging its capabilities in cross-border payments, asset management, financial supply chain management, etc. Ant Group, the parent company of Alipay, launched a blockchain-powered platform for cross-border trade settlements and has been thriving in blockchain patents in recent years. China has been using blockchain to make its security networks more efficient and many companies are leveraging it for logistics management . Using blockchain in supply chain and logistics improves traceability and reduces transaction costs.Speaking to Gadgets Now , Ashok Kumar Das, Associate Professor in the Centre for Security, Theory and Algorithmic Research, IITH, Hyderabad, said that considering the tech giants betting on blockchain and the Government’s interest in driving innovation, blockchain offers great opportunities for young researchers in India. He further mentions that the research in the blockchain is largely limited to IITs and IIITs in India but might soon reach other institutes considering the wide and potential applications of blockchain. India recently released a revised bill for the regulation of crypto trade in the country. However, the Finance Minister revealed that the country is not looking forward to completely banning cryptocurrency and the technology associated with it. The government made it clear that blockchain is here to stay considering its wide use cases and capabilities. The Business Standard report quotes Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s remarks on the blockchain, which goes, “A lot of fintech companies have made a lot of progress on it. We have got several presentations. Much work at the state level is happening. And, we want to take it in a big way in IFSC or Gift City in Gandhinagar.” India has been dealing with a surge in cyberattacks and security breaches in recent years, especially with the ongoing digital transformation. Blockchain can be efficiently utilized to secure networks and transactions in financial institutions. In fact, this cutting-edge technology has even proved effective in curbing the circulation of fake news. The distributed technology and transparency guaranteed by blockchain makes it an ideal tool to secure data in various industries like finance, healthcare, the insurance industry, and more. India needs to focus on research and enable innovations to keep up with other countries.

China And Russia Join Forces To Build New Jumbo Jet

China and Russia are taking their high tech relationship to the next level, as the preliminary design for their jumbo jet will be completed by July. The C929 will be China’s ever largest civilian aircraft, and Russia’s largest post-Cold War jetliner.

C919 Assembly

In January 2023, the C919 prototype has its wings attached to the fuselage. The C919 is China’s largest civilian aircraft, with its first flight planned in 2023. COMAC hopes that experience from developing the C919 will help in developing the larger “C929” with Russia.

The United Aircraft Corporation (UAV) and China’s COMAC civilian aviation firm have been collaborating since early 2014 to build a wide body jetliner capable of seating 250 to 280 passengers in a 3-class configuration, with a range of 12,000km. While this aircraft has not yet been named, its Chinese designation is likely to be C929 (COMAC’s 190 passenger C919 is currently China’s largest civil aircraft project).

Irkut MC-21

The MS-21, like the Airbus 320, Boeing 737 and Comac C919, is a medium sized narrow-body jetliner capable of carrying up to 190 passengers. The MS-21 is expected to enter service around 2023 or 2023.

Chartered Air Force One

Currently, Chinese presidents charter Air China (China’s flag carrier) Boeing 747s to take them aboard, such as this visit by then President Hu Jintao to Mexico in 2005. In the future, the C929 is likely to be the first aircraft to serve as a permanent airliner for China’s future leaders.

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Apple Most Profitable Company In China, Thanks To Us Sanctions And Cook’s Diplomacy

Apple is now the most profitable company in China, thanks to a combination of US sanctions against Huawei, and CEO Tim Cook’s corporate diplomacy with the government, says a new report today.

The iPhone maker has escaped the Chinese government crackdown on other tech companies in the country, thanks to a symbiotic relationship between the two …

A Financial Times analysis indicates that Apple now makes more profit than local tech giants Alibaba and Tencent combined. It says this is in part because Apple has enjoyed a double win.

Impact of US sanctions on Huawei

Huawei was once almost the default choice for Chinese consumers when it came to buying a premium smartphone.

“It was like a ‘national factory’ – Chinese citizens wanted to show how much they loved the country and they went out to buy Huawei smartphones,” said Counterpoint analyst Archie Zhang.

This changed dramatically when the US government imposed sanctions on Huawei, banning US companies from selling key technology to the Chinese telecoms giant. The action followed allegations of the company fitting spyware to mobile infrastructure products sold to US carriers, and claimed financial support to Iran.

The sanctions proved devastating to Huawei by making it difficult for the company to buy key technology like 5G chips, but most dramatically by the smartphone company losing its Android license. Without this, it could no longer sell new phones running Android.

Apple escaping tech crackdown

The Chinese government has been imposing tough restrictions on most tech companies – both domestic and foreign – over concerns that they were becoming too powerful, and a threat to the government.

However, Apple has been almost unique in escaping these restrictions. The FT suggests that this is a mix of corporate diplomacy by CEO Tim Cook, and a symbiotic relationship between Apple and the Chinese regime.

Cook, whose regular visits to Beijing in pre-pandemic times, including meetings with Xi along with other tech executives, have helped avoid the fate of other Western tech companies.

That has included Apple’s compliance with a range of draconian laws, from banning VPNs, multiple news apps, and more – to requiring user data to be stored on servers run by government-owned companies. The Cupertino company says it has no choice but to comply with local laws in each of the countries in which it operates, but many have criticized it for putting itself in a position where it needs to act in direct conflict with its claimed values.

The mutually beneficial relationship between the two companies also means that neither wants to put it at risk. Apple is of course hugely dependent on China as a production hub, as well as its second-largest market. The Chinese government benefits from hundreds of thousands of comparatively well-paid jobs that benefit the economy as a whole.

“It is clear to Beijing that this is a two-way street. They get a great return – a lot of it employment, and prestige,” said Brian Merchant, author of The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone, “Salaries, standards are better for companies that contract with Apple. This has helped raise salaries for the middle class.”

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China Launched Two More Massive Type 055 Warships

The Type 055’s vast combat capability and formidable physical presence makes an obvious choice to fly the Chinese flag around the seven seas. There’s a smaller Type 052D destroyer behind it (and just over half the size of the Type 055). by78


Each Type 055 destroyer (called a cruiser by the US Navy) displaces over 13,000 tons, and has the heaviest missile load of any post Cold War warship.

On July 3rd, China launched two gigantic “Renhai” Type 055 guided missile destroyers (DDG). Along with one 25,000 ton Type 071 landing platform dock, another 13,000-14,000 ton Type 055 DDG launched this April, and one 7,500 ton Type 052D, China has launched nearly 80,000 tons of major surface combatant warships. With more destroyers and frigates under construction, it’s not impossible that China’s total launched warship displacement for 2023 could hit 100,000 tons.

Universal VLS

This fanmade CGI shows a variety of weapons that can launch from the Type 055’s VLS, 2.1 feet wide and 29.5 feet long, with nearly 60% more volume than the 2.3 feet wide and 25.9 feet long Mk 57 VLS, the largest US VLS system. This VLS can fire large Chinese surface to air, anti-ship and land-attack missiles like the HHQ-9, YJ-18 and CJ-10.

The ships were launched at the sprawling Dalian shipyard (also were the CV-17 aircraft carrier was built). Each Type 055 destroyer (classified as a cruiser by the US Navy due to its large size and arsenal) is 590 feet long and 65 feet wide; it is the world’s second largest Post-Cold War surface combatant, after the Zumwalt stealth destroyer. The ships’ primary combat systems are giant Type 342X radars and 112 vertical launch system (VLS) cells. The Chinese ‘universal’ VLS are 2.1 feet wide and 29.5 feet long, making them much larger than the 2.3 feet wide and 25.9 feet long Mk 57 VLS, the largest US VLS system. While the Ticonderoga cruisers and South Korean KDX-III destroyers have more VLS cells than the Type 055; the Type 055 can carry more ammunition mass in its larger VLS.

Type 055A

This fan made CGI of the Type 055A destroyer shows it with a railgun in place of the 130mm cannon found on the Type 055 (though the Type 055A may use a stealthier railgun turret).

Currently, each Type 055 has a 5 inch H/PJ-130 cannon. However, reported American analysis claims that China is working to have operational railguns, which use electromagnetic forces to launch Mach 7 shells, by 2025 (this date is prospective and highly dependent the success of the research program). Of China’s current warships, only the Type 055 has the necessary space for the electrical generators needed for power hungry railguns. That would likely be the next Renhai variant, the projected Type 055A destroyer, which would have surplus electrical generation through its Integrated Electric Propulsion System (IEPS).

Multiple Launches

With these two warships launched on July 3rd, China now has four Type 055s in the water, and the last to be commissioned by 2023. Another four Type 055s may be built, before construction begins on the Type 055A.

A Warship fit for a Superpower

The Type 055’s vast combat capability and formidable physical presence makes an obvious choice to fly the Chinese flag around the seven seas. There’s a smaller Type 052D destroyer behind it (and just over half the size of the Type 055).

The first Type 055 launched last year is likely to be commissioned late this year once the Jiangnan shipyard finishes installing electronics and completes basic crew training. Its three sister ships will probably enter service next year. The Type 055 provides China with a first-rate heavy warship that can deploy globally, whether to show the flag in foreign waters, participate in peacekeeping and joint military exercises, or project power well beyond China’s waters.

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The Find N Is Oppo’s First Foldable, Launches Exclusively In China

Oppo has been developing the handset for four years and has gone through six generations of prototypes to get to this final device. 

Here’s the pricing for the Oppo Find N:

8GB model with 256GB storage – CNY¥7,699

12GB model with 512GB storage – CNY¥8,999

This works out to around £911/$1,209 for the 8GB model and £1,065/$1,413 for the 12GB model – significantly undercutting rival foldable phones from Samsung, Huawei and even Xiaomi’s Mi Mix Fold. The phone is available to pre-order from today, and hits shelves on 23 December 2023. 

However, it will currently only release in mainland China. The company has not confirmed whether the Find N will hit global markets at a later date.

Unveiled at the company’s annual Inno Day event, the Find N opens into a landscape display, with an unusual 8.4:9 aspect ratio – perfect for reading, gaming and watching videos on the go. It comes in a choice of three colours: purple, white and black, with a 3D-curved, compact design when folded.

The phone features a 7.1in inner display and a 5.49in outer display. The foldable screen is supported by what Oppo calls a ‘Flexion Hinge’, meaning that users can tilt the phone at any angle between 50 and 120 degrees, to suit their preference or need.

The TUV-approved screen features a 0.03mm layer of ‘Flexion UTG’ (ultra-thin glass), which has been tested to withstand being folded and unfolded up to 200,000 times, with minimal visible creasing, according to Oppo. The inner display features a dynamic refresh rate of 1Hz up to 120Hz and a touch sampling rate of up to 180Hz on the main screen. and 240Hz on the secondary screen.

Oppo is making the most of the larger display, with the ability to use split-screen or floating windows for certain apps. However, the company has not confirmed if this ability will work on popular third-party apps, such as iQIYI (China’s answer to Netflix).

In addition, users can continue to use the same software on the more compact, outer display as they were on the inner one by swiping upwards when the phone is folded.

The foldable factor isn’t the only thing that makes this phone a flagship. The Oppo Find N also comes with a triple-camera set-up – led by a 50Mp Sony IMX766 main sensor. This is joined by a 16Mp ultrawide angle lens and a 13Mp telephoto lens, as well as selfie cameras on both displays.

The phone runs on a Snapdragon 888 chip, as also used by the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. This is paired with 8GB/12GB of LPDDR5 RAM, 256GB/512GB of storage and Android 11 running on ColorOS. Under the hood, there’s a 4500mAh battery, which is complemented by 33W fast charging, 15W wireless charging and 10W reverse wireless charging.

If this phone does eventually release globally, it could be a huge opportunity for Oppo to challenge the leading brand in the foldable space, Samsung.

The Oppo Find N wasn’t the only thing announced at the Inno Day event. The MariSilicon X NPU image processing chip was also unveiled – a piece of tech that will feature in the Find X4 series, due to release globally in Q1, 2023.

Oppo’s new foldable could be joined by other flagships in the next year or so, with rumours circulating about the Google Pixel Fold and even a foldable iPhone. 

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