China’s third prototype of C919 jet completes first test flight

A third prototype of China’s home-built C919 narrowbody passenger jet completed its first test flight on Friday, its manufacturer said, in another step forward in the nation’s push to become a global civil aerospace player. The C919, which will compete with Boeing Co’s 737 and the Airbus SE A320, is widely regarded as a symbolRead More

Inside China’s Silicon Valley: From copycats to innovation

At the Huaqiangbei Market in Shenzhen, you can build a smartphone from scratch in a couple of hours. Spread over several floors and covering hundreds of thousands of square feet, the market is home to vendors selling the parts that make up your standard phone — cameras, motherboards, frames, screens and so on. All youRead More

China’s new high-speed train from Hong Kong to Guangzhou

he identikit apartment blocks and mousy-brown fields were as unremarkable as the pale scrubland. It should have made for an unremarkable entry into China’s Guangdong province. Except it wasn’t. The thrill of being aboard Hong Kong’s first bullet train, the Vibrant Express, was all about speed, not scenery. Aerodynamic, gleaming white and polished to perfection,Read More

Made in China 2025: Xi Jinping’s plan to turn China into the AI world leader

Eleven trillion renminbi: it’s a number that’s hard to comprehend. Key points: China wants to be world leader in AI by 2030 It’s a key part of Beijing’s plan to refashion its image as a cheap goods manufacturer Experts warn against deploying AI in warfare too quickly In Australian dollars that’s about $2.41 trillion —Read More