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Tencent has won a key approval to start selling the Nintendo Switch in China, paving the way for the console to enter the world’s largest video games market two years after it was first released worldwide.Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong gave the green light yesterday to Tencent Holdings to distribute the Nintendo Switch console with a test version of the “New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe” game, a statement on the government’s website showed.The need to navigate regulations and the search for a local partner have hampered Japanese gaming company Nintendo’s efforts to bring its hybrid home-portable Switch console to China, holding back the development of console gaming there.“Launching the Nintendo Switch in China is a massive opportunity for both Nintendo and Tencent,” said Gu Tianyi, market analyst with gaming industry analytics firm Newzoo, adding that other consoles, PlayStation and Xbox, have struggled to catch on in China.“What sets Nintendo apart, however, is that its intellectual property roster — including Mario, Zelda and Pokemon — is already extremely popular in the market. What’s more, the mobile aspect of the Switch is a great fit for China’s mobile-first culture.”Tencent has to apply for approvals from authorities in Guangdong, where the company is registered. Two people familiar with the matter said the approval by the Guangdong culture ministry would allow the Switch to be sold nationwide. Tencent did not immediately comment.It has teamed up with Nintendo in the past, with Tencent releasing its “Arena of Valor” game overseas on the Switch. A spokesman for Nintendo — which has sold more than 32 million Switch units globally since its launch just over two years ago — said Tencent had applied to Guangdong authorities for approval to sell the Switch console.The statement on the website of the Guangdong Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism listed over 100 game devices, including arcade machines, that it was approving for sale.The approval also comes as industry leader Tencent tries to recover from a lengthy video game approval freeze in China last year, which has put pressure on shares of the company and other gaming-related stocks.
Leading auto chipmaker NXP Semiconductors yesterday announced a strategic partnership with Chinese radar firm Hawkeye Technology to work on radar applications for smart driving. The announcement of the deal came at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, which is highlighting how our cars are becoming smarter, safer and better-connected with the help of new chips, software codes, advanced radar, 5G and artificial intelligence algorithms.China’s automotive radar sensor market is growing twice the global rate. By 2020, radar technology will be used in half of all cars, especially those with smart driving features, analysts said.Radar is now widely used in applications covering blind-spot detection, automatic emergency braking, front and rear cross-traffic detection and precise environmental mapping. It’s widely seen as a key factor in building more intelligent cars and self-driving models in the future. Compared with traditional cameras and sensors, radar can detect precise distances and other factors for smart driving and safety.But radar is expensive, although volume production could reduce costs, said Suteng Innovation, a Shenzhen-based radar vendor.In a separate move, Harman, a subsidiary of Samsung, said it would offer digital services for Chinese carmakers such as Great Wall Motor and Beijing Electric Vehicle, covering connected technologies, cyber security and high-speed information services.With Samsung’s mobile and 5G communications services, audio technology and device provider Harman now offers various services for automakers. Its car audio sales in China are growing 15 percent annually — triple the industry’s growth rate. Chinese AI startups SenseTime and Horizon Robotics also announced new platforms and partnerships during the show.Meanwhile, tech upgrades on chip and code are also necessary for smart driving. The show opens to the public from tomorrow until Thursday.
Trade services providers vowed to better serve exhibitors at the second China International Import Expo in Shanghai in November.A comprehensive trade service alliance, led by Oriental International Holding Co, Donghao Lansheng Group and several professional trade services firms, will use their skills to ensure the recruitment of exhibitors and logistics firms, as well as smooth customs clearance procedures. Nearly 60 members of the alliance have vowed to offer one-stop information services to help traders better prepare for the expo.Two hundred days before the start of the second CIIE, traders and logistics, financial, insurance and law firms and consultancies said they will remain dedicated to servicing the CIIE and relevant events and will also contribute to Shanghai’s development as a global economic, finance, trade, shipping and innovation center.Construction of what will be Asia’s largest import marketplace is well under way near the CIIE venue. In about three years, a 600,000-square-meter exhibition and trade center for imports, along with bonded warehouses, will be completed in southern Hongqiao, about 3 kilometers from the main venue of the CIIE.According to a senior manager of Oriental International, a major participant of the mammoth project, the first phase will become operational in September or October.Last year, Oriental International became one of Shanghai’s officially designated permanent platforms to demonstrate and trade commodities originally exhibited at the CIIE. This year, the southern Hongqiao marketplace will greatly expand Shanghai’s capacity as a leading hub for the demonstration and trade of imports.“It will be of special help to the world’s small and medium-sized companies which hope to debut their latest brands in China,” said Cai Jun, a top manager responsible for Oriental International’s CIIE promotion as well as for the operation of the southern Hongqiao project.Professional service providers such as China Pacific Property Insurance Co said they will also ensure better service for trading groups and offer all-round safeguards.More than 1,800 companies have signed up for this year’s CIIE, the Ministry of Commerce said. Over 900 companies from 77 countries and regions have confirmed participation as exhibitors, including 180 Fortune Global 500 firms and leading enterprises in various industries, according to Gao Feng, a spokesperson for the ministry.
China’s cross-border capital flows remained basically unchanged in March, official data showed yesterday. The country’s foreign exchange regulator has also announced a slew of measures to boost the local forex market.Last month, Chinese commercial banks bought 1.01 trillion yuan (US$151.3 billion) of foreign currencies and sold 1.05 trillion yuan, resulting in a net sale of 41.2 billion yuan, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange said.Volume narrowed from the 101.3-billion-yuan deficit in February.In the first quarter, lenders recorded an aggregate net forex sale of 60.7 billion yuan, down 50 percent from that in the same period last year, according to the regulator.“Cross-border capital flows have shown positive changes in 2019,” said Wang Chunying, spokesperson, chief economist and director of the Department of Balance of Payments at the administration, citing the strength of the yuan and balanced supply-demand dynamics in the market.In the first three months, the central parity rate of the yuan strengthened 1.9 percent against the US dollar. It also gained 1.9 percent against a basket of currencies monitored by the China Foreign Exchange Trade System.SAFE said it would work to further optimize foreign exchange management policies, improve the convenience of fund transfers for foreign-owned enterprises and support qualified and capable domestic companies to carry out “real and compliant” overseas investment, Wang said.To attract more foreign players into China’s capital markets, the authority said it plans to reform the system for qualified institutional investors, simplify their market access and expand their scope of investment.Reforming the system“We will reform the QFII and RQFII systems while pushing forward the opening of capital accounts in a steady and orderly way,” Wang added.China’s Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor scheme allows approved investors to invest in a limited scope of cross-border securities products, while an RMB Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor scheme permits use of yuan funds raised in Hong Kong by the subsidiaries of domestic fund managers and securities houses in Hong Kong to invest in the domestic capital market.SAFE said it would welcome more participants, such as securities brokers and fund companies, to join the forex market. It would also support the innovation of forex derivatives and launch more options products in the future.Efforts will also be made to promote channel integration for the opening of the inter-bank bond market, standardizing the management of yuan-denominated bonds issued by overseas institutions and pushing ahead forex reforms in pilot free trade zones, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area and Xiongan New Area.
Shanghai’s real estate investment market is off to a vibrant start in 2019 with transactions of major deals exceeding 90 billion yuan (US$13.38 billion) in the first quarter, property services provider Cushman & Wakefield said in its latest report.Major property deals totaled 95.9 billion yuan, compared with 117.2 billion yuan in deals settled for full-year 2018.“For three consecutive years, Shanghai saw en-bloc real estate investment exceed the 100-billion-yuan threshold, and the momentum continued to extend in the first three months of this year with even more notable strength,” said Alvin Yip, Cushman & Wakefield’s China president of capital markets. “Looking forward, foreign investors will certainly maintain their appetite for the local market whereas sentiment among their domestic counterparts will also pick up gradually.”Mixed-use developments were the most sought-after — 68 percent of the total. Office buildings trailed with a 29 percent share. Looking ahead, Cushman & Wakefield advises investors to focus on core assets with stable cash flow, high-quality assets in decentralized areas and urban renovation projects.
Chinese startup Luckin Coffee has completed its Series B+ round of financing worth US$150 million, the company said yesterday.The funding, of which US$125 million was invested by BlackRock and which came four months after the coffee chain picked up US$200 million in investment, lifts the company’s valuation to about US$2.9 billion, the company said in a statement.As an emerging market player that rivals Starbucks, Luckin Coffee started trial operation in January last year.It sells coffee at brick-and-mortar stores while also delivering products through online orders.The Xiamen-based coffee chain startup has been expanding at a fast clip since its official operation in May 2018, with over 2,000 outlets opened in 36 Chinese cities by April 10.
Foreign direct investment into the Chinese mainland expanded 8 percent year on year to reach 95.17 billion yuan (US$14.2 billion) in March, the Ministry of Commerce said yesterday.During the first quarter, FDI inflow rose 6.5 percent from one year earlier to 242.28 billion yuan, the MOC said in a statement.In dollar terms, FDI inflow grew 3.7 percent year on year to US$35.8 billion during the three-month period.The number of new overseas-funded companies established between January and March reached 9,616, MOC data showed.Investment in high-tech industries rose 50.6 percent year on year and accounted for 27.5 percent of the total FDI.The high-tech manufacturing sector attracted 25.97 billion yuan in overseas investment, up 14.8 percent, the ministry said.China’s pilot free trade zones saw FDI inflow up 10.5 percent year on year during the first quarter, accounting for 10.3 percent of the total foreign direct investment.The Ministry of Commerce data showed that FDI from Germany surged the most at a rate of 86.1 percent from one year earlier, while that from Republic of Korea and the Netherlands jumped 79.6 percent and 74.2 percent, respectively.
Amazon.com Inc plans to close its domestic marketplace in China by mid-July, people familiar with the matter said, focusing efforts on more lucrative businesses selling overseas goods and cloud services in the world’s most populous nation.Amazon shoppers in China will no longer be able to buy goods from third-party merchants in the country, but they still will be able to order from the United States, Britain, Germany and Japan via the firm’s global store. Amazon expects to close fulfillment centers and wind down support for domestic-selling merchants in China in the next 90 days, one of the people said.The move underscores how entrenched, home-grown e-commerce rivals have made it difficult for Amazon’s marketplace to gain a foothold. Consumer insights firm iResearch Global said Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s Tmall marketplace and JD.com Inc controlled 81.9 percent of the Chinese market last year.“They’re pulling out because it’s not profitable and not growing,” said analyst Michael Pachter at Wedbush Securities.Ker Zheng, marketing specialist at Shenzhen-based e-commerce consultancy Azoya, said Amazon had no major competitive advantage in China over its domestic rivals. Unless someone is searching for a very specific imported good that can’t be found elsewhere, “there’s no reason for a consumer to pick Amazon because they’re not going to be able to ship things as fast as Tmall or JD,” he said.Amazon’s customers in China will still be able to purchase the firm’s Kindle e-readers and online content, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud computing unit that sells data storage and computing power to enterprises, will remain as well.The US-listed shares of Alibaba and JD.com rose 1 percent on Wednesday after Reuters first reported the move, before paring gains later in the day. Amazon’s shares closed flat.The withdrawal of the world’s largest online retailer, founded by the world’s richest person, comes amid a broader e-commerce slowdown in China. Alibaba in January reported its lowest quarterly earnings growth since 2016, while JD.com is responding to the changing business environment with staff cuts.It also follows the Chinese e-commerce retreat of other big-name Western retailers. Wal-Mart Stores Inc sold its Chinese online shopping platform to JD.com in 2016 in return for a stake in JD.com to focus on its bricks-and-mortar stores.Similarly, the country appears to factor less in the global aspirations of fellow US tech majors Netflix Inc, Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google, Pachter said.Amazon bought Chinese online shopping website Joyo.com in 2004 for US$75 million, rebranding the business in 2011 as Amazon China. But in a sign of Tmall’s dominance, Amazon nevertheless opened an online store on the Alibaba site in 2015.
SHANGHAI will focus on building a new pattern of open innovation, bring together global resources and talent, and strengthen intellectual property protection, the city’s Mayor Ying Yong said yesterday.
He was speaking at the seventh China (Shanghai) International Technology Fair, which opened yesterday at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center and will continue till tomorrow.
The fair is exhibiting leading international technologies with special emphasis on the intellectual property protection.
The CSITF, which is cohosted by the Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Science and Technology, State Intellectual Property Office and Shanghai Municipal Government, is a national-level fair specifically focused on international technology trade.
Mayor Ying said that innovation has always been the primary driving force for high-quality development, and Shanghai is speeding up its development as an international center for economy, finance, trade, shipping, technology as well as become a modern metropolis with global influence.
“We will enhance our innovation abilities, aim at the cutting-edge technologies and keep in line with the strategic needs of the country, and launch a batch of special projects and plans to achieve breakthroughs,” Ying said.
Shanghai will especially promote technology trade and innovation cooperation, Ying told the assembled guests.
He Zhimin, deputy director of the State Intellectual Property Office, said that intellectual property rights, as a necessity for innovation-driven development and a standard for international trade, are crucial to enhance China’s international competitiveness, and are playing an increasingly important role in promoting the reform and opening-up and the Belt and Road Initiative.
In 2018, the State Intellectual Property Office completed its reorganization in line with the reforms suggested by the central and state institutions. The office has promoted the management of patents, trademarks and integrated circuit design, and has enhanced the protection of intellectual property rights.
In line with Shanghai’s 22 measures on promoting the development of artificial intelligence, which was released recently, AIhas also become one of the highlights of the fair this year.
There is an immersive AIexperience platform that brings together advanced technologies and leading companies in the field.
Shanghai Keenon Robotics Co brought their “Peanut” delivery robots, which are being used by HaiDiLao Hotpot.
Yunji Technology’s intelligent robot for commercial service, “Run,” was designed mainly for use in hotels. It can take the elevator on its own, deliver goods and lead the way. They have been working with hotel groups including Marriott Hotel, InterContinental Hotels Group, Ascott Hotel, and Wyndham Hotels.
Xiaoxiaoniu Creative Technologies exhibited their patented Wonder Painter technology, which can turn drawings into vivid animations.
It has cooperated with South Korea’s LG, with the Wonder Painter Software Development Kit being used in LGU+ for storytelling, and Baidu’s AIartist online game that is powered by Wonder Painter Cloud.
The fair has become an important platform for exhibiting leading technologies, linking innovation resources, and promoting communication and cooperation among the small and medium-sized innovation enterprises, Ying said.
“We hope to make full use of the innovative resources and the support of all parties to make the CSITF an international event as well as an important window for deepening international cooperation on innovation and boosting the development of technology trade,” Ying said.
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