5 Must-Read Tech Stories in China This Week

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Huawei and ZTE have been in the news quite a bit recently, and this week they make appearances again, but one of them definitely wishes that wasn’t the case. But which one is it? Plus, who has made a trillion RMB so far this year, why Chinese tech stocks are tanking, and how China’s ballsiest Groupon clone might be set to become that sector’s most innovative player. Read on!

1. China’s Taobao and Tmall Top 1 Trillion RMB ($159 Billion) in Sales So Far This Year

Trillion is not a number that you see a lot. So when it comes it, it tends to catch the eye, especially when it’s in the context of someone making a trillion RMB. It’s probably no surprise that Alibaba’s Taobao and Tmall were the ones to reach this milestone, but it’s still worth stopping to marvel over.

2. Risk of US-Traded Chinese Tech Stocks Being Delisted as SEC Probes Accounting Firms

An SEC probe of Chinese accounting firms sparked fears about US-listed Chinese stocks, which subsequently took a nosedive they have yet to recover from. Ouch.

3. ZTE Closes $20 Billion Financing Deal, But Raises Further Questions About Government Ties

ZTE closed a huge round of fundraising that may have saved it from its financial woes at least temporarily, but the source of the funds certainly isn’t going to help convince the West that the company isn’t too closely tied with the Chinese government.

4. How Huawei Helped Iran Spy on Citizens and Why Brand China is Poison

But of course, ZTE’s government funding is nothing next to the revelations from a Reuters report about Huawei assisting the Iranian government in surveilling its own people. As far as international PR moves go, it’s hard to do worse than that.

5. China’s Boldest Groupon Clone to Launch Open Group Buying Platform: a World First?

Tuanbao made a name for itself via plagiarism and sheer force of will, but now the company is looking to break new ground and maybe reshape the dying group buying e-commerce model.

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