Bytedance, the mother company of Douyin and TikTok, became the first to use artificial intelligence to hook their users in an unprecedented way, says China internet expert Matthew Brennan to Play Crazy Game. The TikTok algorithms turns its users into addicts, in the same way drugs do, says Brennan.
The number of self-made women billionaires has increased, especially in China, says Rupert Hoogewerf, chief researcher of the Hurun Report, who released earlier in March the 2022 Rich List, according to Money Control. “There are historical, political, social, and economic dynamics at play here,” he says.
China’s rich have become one of the major casualties at the 2022 Hurun Rich List, including Tencent’s CEO Ma Huateng, who lost 52 billion US dollars from last year’s listing, although China’s billionaires still top the list. Hurun chief researcher Rupert Hoogewerf gives an overview of the damage to the VOA.
China added last year 75 billionaires in US dollar terms, the 2022 Hurun rich list noted this week, according to the Global Times. “China now has more than 1,100 billion-dollar entrepreneurs, 60 percent more than the US, which also exceeds the combined number of the US, India and the UK,” Hoogewerf said.
The world has been utterly confused by China’s attitude to Russia and the war in Ukraine. One thing is sure, says China analyst Ian Johnson in an opinion piece for CNN, we should not expect China to solve the war in Ukraine. “Becoming involved in foreigners’ disputes makes no sense. Better to stay out of the fray, see who is likely to win, and then cut deals,” Ian Johnson says.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has raised multiple questions on China’s relationship with Russia, Taiwan, and the USA. CFR-scholar Ian Johnson looks at the CFR-blog at a wide range of the international fallout of recent affairs. And can and will China bail out Putin from the economic and financial sanctions?