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Jul 12, 2015

China targets rights lawyers as crackdown on activists widens

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese authorities have widened a crackdown on human rights groups, detaining or questioning more than 50 lawyers and activists in a sweep over the past few days, rights groups say.

Citing the need to buttress national security and stability, President Xi Jinping’s administration has tightened government control over almost every aspect of civil society since 2012.

Jul 8, 2015

China’s draft cybersecurity law could up censorship, irk business

BEIJING, July 8 (Reuters) – China’s parliament has published
a draft cybersecurity law that consolidates Beijing’s control
over data, with potentially significant consequences for
internet service providers and multinational firms doing
business in the country.

The document, dated Monday but picked up by state media on
Wednesday, strengthens user privacy protection from hackers and
data resellers but elevates the government’s powers obtain
records on and block dissemination of private information deemed
illegal under Chinese law.

Jul 2, 2015

Xiaomi books 1H sales fall, putting full-year goal in doubt

BEIJING, July 2 (Reuters) – China’s top smartphone maker
Xiaomi Inc on Thursday reported semi-annual sales that for the
first time were lower than the previous six months, jeopardising
its full-year target and hinting at a slowdown in its mainstay
domestic market.

The firm said it sold 34.7 million handsets in January-June
versus 35.0 million in July-December – the first sequential fall
since the company began disclosing six-month figures in 2013.
For 2015, it aims for minimum sales of 80 million smartphones.

Jul 2, 2015

Xiaomi’s H1 handset sales put full-year target in doubt

BEIJING, July 2 (Reuters) – Xiaomi Inc on Thursday said it
sold 34.7 million smartphones in the first six months of 2015,
casting doubt on the ability of China’s most valuable tech
startup to achieve its full-year target.

Chief Executive Lei Jun last year spoke of reaching 100
million shipments in 2015 but in recent months has revised the
figure to a more conservative range of 80 million to 100

Jul 1, 2015

China’s Xiaomi names DST partner Chew as chief financial officer

BEIJING (Reuters) – Beijing-based smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc said on Wednesday it has hired private equity investor Shou Zi Chew as chief financial officer, further bolstering its executive ranks in a period of rapid international expansion.

Chew, the Hong Kong-based partner of DST Investment Management Ltd, first helped the prominent late-stage technology fund invest in Xiaomi in 2011.

Jun 28, 2015

Out of the shadows, China hackers turn cyber gatekeepers

BEIJING (Reuters) – China, long accused by the United States of rampant cyber aggression, may be synonymous with hacking exploits these days, but that doesn’t mean every Chinese hacker is out to pilfer and destroy.

As Chinese companies grapple with a sharp increase in the number of cyber attacks, many hackers are finding it increasingly lucrative to go above board and join the country’s nascent cyber security industry.

Jun 25, 2015

Hillhouse seeks to up stake in Chinese ride-sharing firm Xiaoju Kuaizhi

BEIJING, June 25 (Reuters) – Hillhouse Capital Group, the
hedge fund headed by Chinese billionaire Zhang Lei, is in talks
with existing Xiaoju Kuaizhi investors to increase its stake in
the Chinese ride-sharing firm, according to a person familiar
with the matter.

Such a deal would see Hillhouse further add to its bets on
the ride-sharing market. The hedge fund has agreed in recent
days to lead a $1 billion debt-financing deal with global leader
Uber, separate sources have said.

May 19, 2015

China issues plan for gleaming high-tech future

BEIJING, May 19 (Reuters) – China has unveiled a vision for
the next stage of its economic ascent, moving from plain
manufacturing to a world of prosperity from space, e-commerce,
green energy and bioengineering, among others.

Faced by economic growth at its lowest level in decades and
rising wages and resource costs that are eroding its appeal as a
low-cost factory for the world, China’s cabinet on Tuesday
published its sweeping “Made in China 2025″ strategy.

May 19, 2015

China’s Unigroup says wins bid to buy 51 pct stake in HP unit

BEIJING, May 19 (Reuters) – Hewlett-Packard Co has
agreed to sell a controlling 51 percent stake in its China-based
data-networking business, estimated to be worth more than $2
billion, to Tsinghua Unigroup, a spokesperson for the Chinese
private equity fund’s parent company said on Tuesday.

Li Zhongxiang, a spokesman for state-backed Tsinghua
Holdings, which controls Tsinghua Unigroup, did not disclose the
value of the deal but said he expected it to be clinched soon. A
person familiar with the matter said an announcement could be
made as soon as Thursday.

May 5, 2015

Tea to tech: China’s cybersecurity push sparks a ‘gold rush’

BEIJING, May 6 (Reuters) – Zhang Long made his fortune
selling Pu’er fermented tea and handcrafted furniture from the
mountains of his native Yunnan Province in southwest China.

Last November, the 49-year old entrepreneur, who has no
technology background, strode into a Beijing ballroom to pitch
his latest made-in-China product: SPGnux, a Linux-based
operating system he says could replace Microsoft Corp’s