Tencent, the owners of China’s largest social media platform WeChat, are employing 200 Chinese content reviewers to flag up low quality or harmful content on the site, including pornography, plagiarism, fake news and out of date news. Made up of 10 journalists, 70 writers and 120 users, they will be expected to make 300 reports each per month. As WeChat has become a primary source of news, particularly among younger generations, finding articles that are fake or contain out of date information is of great importance. China introduced new laws last June that tightened up on cyber security, and some Chinese Apple product users could be affected by the new rules.
In 2017 Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus only made second place for sales in the Chinese marketplace, being beaten by Oppo’s R9S. Apple was the only foreign brand in the top 10 phones being sold in China last year. Although Chinese smartphone maker, OnePlus did not make the top ten, they did pass a billion dollars in sales for the first time and made a profit. This is quite an achievement when huge companies such as Motorola are running at a loss. Meanwhile, a little known Chinese phone maker, Transsion Holdings, came third in the table of sales in India, a market almost as large as its home market in China. They succeeded because they noticed that the Indian habit of eating with their fingers made it difficult to use a smartphone and very cleverly developed an oil resistant finger recognition feature.
At the recent CES there were 4500 exhibitors, just over 1500 of them were from China. The only nation that had more was the US, and that was only by a few. Technology in China is advancing at an amazing pace, partly because the government backs new innovation and has highlighted technology as part of the plan for the country. A growing number of exhibitors have been looking at blockchain technology, among other things, and they are building a reputation for high quality output. China has also identified virtual reality as a growth area, and included it in its latest five-year development plan.
A new website, www.discoverychina.org.cn, was launched this week at the forum “Global Design: Inspired by China” The focus of the forum included opportunities and inspirations for promoting Chinese culture to global design industries. The Chinese Embassy in Kuwait, together with the Association of Chinese Companies in Kuwait hosted the New Years celebrations in Kuwait, a country that embraces Chinese culture. Traditions and culture are an important part of Chinese life, and each year nine awards are presented to recognise cultural achievements. China’s 2017 Cultural Industry Oscars included awards to the China Cultural Figure of the Year, Special Contributors to Chinese Culture and Charming Towns with the Highest Cultural Value.