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    What's wrong with China's national champions?

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 05/03/2019

    » A year ago, Didi Chuxing Inc, China's largest ride-sharing company, looked like a quintessential "national champion". It had driven Uber Technologies Inc from the local market, attracted investment from Apple Inc and was contemplating a Hong Kong IPO worth as much as US$80 billion (2.5 trillion baht). State media coverage was fawning, government support was all but assured and the company's near-monopoly looked unassailable.

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    The wrong way to deal with doping

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 04/02/2019

    » At odds over trade, technology and geopolitics, the US and China do share one thing: They both "hate" doping, in the words of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China reportedly plans to make the practice a crime. And last week in Washington, DC, a bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers also introduced legislation to criminalise the use of performance-enhancing drugs at international sporting competitions such as the Olympics. Athletes caught doping could be subject to five years in prison, a US$250,000 (7.8 million baht) fine and a civil lawsuit from competitors bested in the final standings. They wouldn't have to be US citizens, either. The legislation is specifically designed to hold accountable foreign cheats who beat American athletes in international competition.

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    Old phones may pose a 'security risk'

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 12/11/2018

    » That obsolete smartphone stashed away in a drawer or closet may not look like a national security risk, but the Trump administration is contemplating treating it as one.

  • OPINION

    Future lies with electric two-wheelers

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 15/10/2018

    » Given recent market turmoil, it would easy to overlook the upcoming IPO of Niu Technologies, a Chinese manufacturer of electric mopeds. The US$95 million the company plans to raise is a pittance compared to the billions burnt by Tesla Inc. But the technologies developed by Niu and other pioneers of electric two-wheel vehicles will transform transportation as much as anything dreamed up by the likes of Elon Musk.

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    How India could help in the transformation of Africa

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 09/10/2018

    » Over the last two decades, China has invested more than US$125 billion in Africa to build ports, highways, airports, railways and other infrastructure. Chinese President Xi Jinping says funds, to the tune of $60 billion, will continue to flow because "inadequate infrastructure is believed to be the biggest bottleneck to Africa's development".

  • OPINION

    Interpol saga won't just hurt China

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 11/10/2018

    » The last message that now former Interpol president Meng Hongwei sent to his wife was an emoji depicting a knife. Soon after, he disappeared into China's feared and opaque Ministry of Public Security, the subject of a corruption investigation about which no details have been revealed.

  • OPINION

    Big Brother is now creating two Chinas

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 27/09/2018

    » Even for Chinese authorities, who have long tried to limit the influence of foreign media and ideas, last week marked an escalation. In the span of a few days, authorities blocked access to Twitch, the video-game live-streaming platform owned by Amazon.com Inc; ordered a purge of foreign content from school textbooks; and proposed restricting foreign programming -- especially current-events shows -- from television and online streaming sites.

  • OPINION

    Marriage in China breaks the bank

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 01/10/2018

    » Getting married isn't cheap in China. In Da'anliu, a small farming village outside Beijing, the local "bride price" -- the fee that a groom's family pays to a bride's in advance of their nuptials -- recently breached the US$30,000 mark (972,000 baht). That's extreme for a village where incomes average $2,900 per year. So, this summer, local officials decreed that bride prices and associated wedding expenses shouldn't exceed $2,900. Violators will be treated as human traffickers.

  • OPINION

    Grindr holds a mirror to China's subtle evolution

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 11/09/2018

    » Grindr, the world's largest gay social-networking site, told the Shenzhen stock exchange recently that it plans to IPO overseas. Its owner, Beijing Kunlun Technology Co, a games developer, didn't give a date or location. But the announcement revived concern in the gay community locally and worldwide about the app's Chinese ownership.

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    Solution to chronic marine plastic crisis starts in Asia

    News, Adam Minter, Published on 27/06/2018

    » Since Jan 1, when China stopped accepting the rich world's recyclable plastic waste, it's gotten a load of criticism for worsening the already deep crisis of ocean plastic pollution. But China isn't the only culprit here. This is a crisis made -- and growing worse -- throughout developing Asia.

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