The son of Hong Kong immigrants, Andy Mok left New York to find China on the cusp of a tech boom. To help fill the entrepreneurship knowledge gap, he started Beijing Tech Hive, the first weekend startup bootcamp in China.
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Links to interviews USCI has conducted and documents it has collected relating to the Justice Department's push to "curb Chinese economic espionage."
Following his experience being falsely accused as a spy by the FBI, Xiaoxing Xi spoke to us on defending Chinese colleagues against injustice, safeguarding open fundamental research on university campuses, and protecting American leadership in science and technology.
The U.S. Department of Justice launched its China Initiative in 2018. It issued this progress report in late 2020.
U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, Overseas Chinese Students and Scholars in China’s Drive for Innovation, October 7, 2020
Commission statement: This report surveys an array of programs and policies the Chinese government has established over decades to exploit the scientific expertise of Chinese students and scholars studying in the United States for the purpose of accelerating China’s economic and military modernization. While the report examines the elaborate system of incentives the Chinese government employs to induce Chinese students and scholars to contribute scientific expertise to China’s national modernization goals, it does not intend to “profile” students from China, or to evaluate the degree of agency Chinese students and scholars have when faced with the opportunity to participate in these government-sponsored programs. This report assumes these programs target a minority of the overall Chinese student body, and that the majority of Chinese students contribute positively to U.S. research and society.
As the dance over control of TikTok gets more complicated, last week it came out that the U.S. government has asked American-based video gaming companies where China’s Tencent is an owner or investor to detail how they handle the data of American players.
Sara Hsu and Wanli Min explore the transformative potential of China’s financial-technology industry, describing the risks and rewards for participants as well as the impact on consumers.
Although WeChat is the most popular part of the Tencent empire and is deeply embedded in the everyday lives of Chinese, it doesn’t generate most of the company’s revenues. This week we look at Tencent and how it generated US$54 billion in revenue last year.