CX Daily: Chinese Carmakers Jostle For An Edge In Autonomous Driving
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In Depth: Chinese carmakers jostle for an edge in autonomous driving
As Chinese cities pave the way for more self-driving cars to whizz around their streets, the country’s carmakers are jockeying for position in what they predict will soon be a huge market.
Earlier this month, Shenzhen published a new set of rules that will allow autonomous commercial driving services to be offered in the tech hub starting next month. That includes fully autonomous cars, if such technology ever comes to fruition and meets safety requirements.
President Xi wishes Biden a quick recovery from Covid-19
President Xi Jinping conveyed his sympathy to U.S. President Joe Biden, wishing him a speedy recovery from Covid-19 on Friday, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Both leaders are expected to hold more talks by the end of the month over a range of disputes, including trade tariffs and geopolitical issues. The two presidents last spoke in March.
Chinese envoy accuses U.S. of ‘hollowing out’ one-China principle
Nearly 9,000 people died in work safety incidents this year, ministry says
A total of 8,870 people died in safety-related incidents at work across China in the first half of 2022, some due to illegal construction and mining activities, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.
The alarming death toll underscores the country’s ongoing struggle to eliminate safety risks in these sectors. An ongoing rise in the rate of incidents in coal mines and on building sites has prompted authorities to ramp up safety checks and intensify crackdowns on unsafe practices and corruption as a whole.
One dead, 25 injured as coastal tornado strikes eastern China
FINANCE & ECONOMY
As of the end of the second quarter, overall outstanding nonperforming loans in China’s commercial banking sector stood at 2.95 trillion yuan
China banking regulator pushes smaller banks to dispose of bad loans
China’s banking regulator said it’s continuing to assess the risks of small and medium-sized banks and is vigorously promoting the disposal of nonperforming assets.
China’s small and medium-sized lenders disposed of 594.5 billion yuan ($87.9 billion) of bad loans in the first six months, an increase of 118.4 billion yuan from a year earlier, China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) spokesperson Qi Xiang told a news conference Thursday.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo to visit China next week
Indonesian President Joko Widodo will visit China from July 25 to 26 at the invitation of President Xi Jinping, according to China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
During the visit, Widodo will hold talks with Xi and Premier Li Keqiang to have an in-depth exchange on bilateral relations and major regional and international issues, Wang Wenbin, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, said Thursday during a regular news briefing.
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Hong Kong allows home quarantine for patients with latest Covid versions
Overseas funds dump China sovereign bonds for record fifth month
BUSINESS & TECH
|Marina Bay in Singapore. Photo: VCG|
Investment into Asia-Pacific tech startups accelerated last year, report shows
Asia-Pacific tech unicorns and startups have been attracting investment at a faster pace, with the Chinese mainland retaining the top spot even as Southeast Asia catches up, a recent report shows.
Private investment in tech surged by two-thirds to $193 billion in 2021 in the Asia-Pacific, the highest on record, according to a report issued by accounting firm KPMG and banking giant HSBC Holdings PLC. The number of tech unicorns — startups valued at over $1 billion — in the region rose 25% year-on-year to over 450 in 2021.
China steps up approval of coal mining projects to secure supply
China cleared projects to add 125 million tons of annual coal production capacity during the first half this year as the country ramps up efforts to ensure sufficient supply amid shrinking coal imports and soaring energy prices.
The Ministry of Ecology and Environment approved 20 new coal mining projects so far this year, the final step in regulatory reviews before construction can start.
China to start pilot program to speed up online game approvals
Shares in mainland-traded gaming companies surged Thursday after the government announced a pilot program to improve the approval process for new online games.
Three months ago regulators lifted an eight-month freeze on new licenses that hit the industry’s earnings and contributed to the sector’s first half-yearly revenue contraction since 2015.
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China’s BYD to start selling electric cars in Japan
Baowu joins rivals in warning of crisis conditions
China’s top chipmaker achieves breakthrough despite U.S. curbs
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Didi cops $1.2 billion fine, videogame sector slumps
Local tourism enjoys revival
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