Who do you think the Chinese government considers its biggest rival? The United States, right? Actually, the Chinese government considers its biggest rival to be its own technology companies.
It's China's tech companies who threaten its capacity to build a competitive China. That's why the Chinese government is cracking down on social media — for example, by limiting the number of hours youth can play video games, and banning cell phone use in schools. China's restrictions on social media use may be autocratic, but may also protect users more than what we see coming from the US government.
It’s a complicated picture.
This week on Your Undivided Attention, we're having a surprising conversation about technology in China. Here to give us a fresh take are two guests: investor, analyst, and co-host of the Tech Buzz China podcast Rui Ma, and China internet expert and author of Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built Duncan Clark.
Rui Ma has nearly two decades of experience in technology and finance, spanning seed stage to pre-IPO investing spread evenly between the US and China. She founded Tech Buzz China in 2018 to educate and consult investors, funds and entrepreneurs on Chinese tech companies’ products, strategies and trends. There she co-hosts Tech Buzz China, a biweekly podcast about China's tech innovations. Rui spent her childhood in China, and is now based in Silicon Valley.
Duncan Clark is a founder, investor and leading advisor on China’s dynamic technology and consumer sectors, and a recognized expert on the internet and entrepreneurship in China. He's the author of ‘Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built’, the definitive work on China's e-commerce and technology giant. He's the chairman of BDA China, an advisory firm serving investors in the technology and consumer sectors in China and other Asian markets. A UK citizen raised in the UK, US and France, Duncan has lived and worked in Beijing and Shanghai for more than 20 years.
Duncan Clark's book about how a Chinese teacher built one of the world's most valuable companies and reshaped the global economy
The biweekly podcast co-hosted by Rui Ma, which covers China tech news and innovations
NPR segment on China's crackdown on video games for youth