China, and especially its youngsters, are paving the way into the metaverse, says innovation expert Arnold Ma, founder of Qumin, in Techround. For example, when it comes to funding of charities, he adds. “China’s younger generations are highly receptive to emerging technologies, so a metaverse version of an initiative like 99 Giving Day, powered by WeChat or a future platform, would be a powerful way to attract more funding.”
The number of screens you look at haven increased over the years, but that number is at a tipping point as AR takes over, said Alvin Wang Graylin, China president of smartphone maker HTC, earlier this week at the Augmented World Expo (AWE) Asia 2023 event in Singapore, according to the Register.
The China Speakers Bureau is happy to announce Alvin Wang Graylin is joining its line-up of speakers. Graylin is a thought leader on AI and the metaverse and is currently the China President at HTC. Graylin has over 28 years of business leadership experience in the tech industry, including 20 years in Greater China. He travels from Beijing.
China’s rules are building a divide with the rest of the world, similar to the Berlin wall Russia started to build last century, says China veteran Ian Johnson in news.com.au. “Speech is more restricted than ever. Community activities and social groups are strictly regulated and monitored by the authorities,” he explained.
Former China correspondent and author Ian Johnson was forced to leave the country in 2020 and revisited China earlier in 2023 for Foreign Affairs. He found a country in stagnation, that was used to double-digit growth, but lost its economic glamor, the former power base of the Communist Party. Strict government regulations changed China he knew. Also, information on his latest book Sparks: China’s Underground Historians and their Battle for the Future.
Confidence among consumers and investors in China’s economy is at a low and even getting lower in the coming weeks, says business analyst Shaun Rein to CNBC. Even a firm financial stimulus from the government like in the past is not going to work, as shortage of liquidity is not the real problem.
While brands are rightfully intrigued by the power of streamers in e-commerce, they cannot replace traditional influencers, says branding expert Ashley Dudarenok in Campaign Asia. “While there was a time when brands favoured streamers over traditional influencers, as they thought streamers can sell, these days they know better,” says Ashley Dudarenok,
“When the Chinese get good at something, all of the sudden, the United States says, ‘This is a national security risk’”, says Shanghai-based business analyst Shaun Rein on the tech arms race between China and the US, where Huawei, TikTok, and others got into trouble in the US, in his interview with Ian Bremmer.
The Chinese state is extending its grip on previously private investments in different areas like housing, health care, and education, similar to its crackdown on tech sectors in the past, says leading economist Arthur Kroeber to Reuters. Investors now prefer to turn to those industries, as they have the state as a backup.
China’s economic growth might have been lackluster post-Covid, but social commerce is the exception, even compared to traditional e-commerce, says e-commerce experts Ashley Dudarenok in Dao Insights. “New sales channels are changing the way businesses approach e-commerce, and they’re adapting their strategies to stay competitive,” she writes.