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The Great Firewall: How China Regulates Big Tech

European Council on Foreign Relations, May 31, 2024

In this week’s episode, Mark Leonard welcomes Angela Zhang, associate professor of law at the University of Hong Kong and director of the Philip K.H. Wong Centre for Chinese Law, to discuss China’s big tech regulation. How is China regulating its big tech firms? What role do these firms play in China’s competition with Europe and the United States? And what are the lessons for Europe’s own attempts at tech regulation?


On this episode, Sanjay Puri is joined by Angela Zhang, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong and Director of the Philip K. H. Wong Center for Chinese Law. They delve into the complexities of AI regulation in China, exploring how the government’s strategies impact both the global market and internal policies.


Quand la Chine contrôle la tech ave

Mon Carnet, April 26, 2024

In this weekly podcast, hosted by Bruno Guglielminetti, Angela Huyue Zhang illuminates China's technology regulation landscape, providing insights from her new best-selling book, High Wire: How China Regulates Big Tech and Governs Its Economy.


Angela Zhang, Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong, discusses her book High Wire: How China Regulates Big Tech and Governs Its Economy. Dan Morgan, Senior Portfolio Manager at Synovus Trust, shares his thoughts on the top players in the red hot chip market. Hosts: Carol Massar and Tim Stenovec. Producer: Paul Brennan.

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On this episode of Talking Tech Policy, Johanna does a speed chat with Angela Zhang, Associate Professor and Director of the Philip K.H. Wong Centre for Chinese Law at the University of Hong Kong. She is also author of the excellent book Chinese Antitrust Exceptionalism: How The Rise of China Challenges Global Regulation. The pair canvass misperceptions between China and the West, whether we can distinguish between tech wars and trade wars anymore, the application of game theory to the Sino-US rivalry, as well as China’s Anti-Monopoly Law and much more.


We may live in a global economy, but beyond the war in Ukraine, what's front-of-mind for policymakers in the U.S., Europe and China is very different. For China it’s Covid-19; for Europe, it’s the price of energy; and for the U.S., it's inflation. In the first episode of the new season of Stephanomics, host Stephanie Flanders takes us on a tour of the world economy, opening a window on the top concerns in all three regions. Bloomberg Chief Economist Tom Orlik reveals what’s behind his growth forecasts and how geopolitical tensions may affect globalization. Senior Reporter Shawn Donnan visits Indiana, where the red hot jobs market has laid bare the reality of finding workers for U.S. factories, and the perks needed to get them in the door. In Europe, reporters Carolynn Look and Jana Randow explore how Russia's invasion is overturning long-held views on both economic and foreign policy. And finally, Chief Asia Economics Correspondent Enda Curran turns his gaze to his long-time home of Hong Kong, and questions its future path amid increasingly aggressive interventions by Beijing.

AS CHINA celebrates the lunar new year and the winter Olympics open in Beijing, host Mike Bird and Simon Cox, our China economics editor, size up the looming threats to economic growth. Against the mounting costs of a zero-tolerance approach to the pandemic and a sharp slowdown in the property sector, can Xi Jinping deliver on his promise of “common prosperity” for all?


There is growing interest in regulating how data are used, including in China. But what exactly is China doing to regulate the use of data and how does it compare to other jurisdictions’ efforts? Dr. Angela Zhang, Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong and author of Chinese Antitrust Exceptionalism, joins Anora Wang and Christina Ma to discuss the recent changes to Chinese data regulation. Listen to this episode to learn more about how China is dealing with data privacy and what it means for companies and individuals.


China's Big Tech Crackdown


In May 2021, Chinese tech magnate Wang Xing posted a poem over a thousand years old on social media. Many read the poem as a criticism of the Chinese government's antitrust crackdown. His company's stock fell over $37 billion in the following weeks.


In this episode of The Negotiation, we speak with Angela Zhang, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Chinese Law at the University of Hong Kong. Angela is also the author of Chinese Antitrust Exceptionalism: How the Rest of China Challenges Global Regulation. We discuss what anti-trust is and the relationship it has between business and government, globally, and its influence on big tech companies both in the US and in China. We also discuss the main consequences of China’s ascent on the global antitrust policy landscape, what the West usually gets wrong about how Chinese policy is formed, as well as the delay of Alibaba’s IPO and how Huawei is caught in the middle of the US-China antitrust policy tug of war. Enjoy!


China's Tech Crackdown

BBC, August 4, 2021

Is China's behavior towards its innovators separating the country further from the world? That's the question on everybody's mind, as the Chinese authorities continue to exert their political power over the country's rising tech companies. George Magnus, associate at the China Centre at Oxford University warns that despite increasing western interest in the Chinese market, foreign investors should be wary about political clampdowns on companies. But Angela Zhang at the University of Hong Kong, argues some of the government's actions could be seen simply as prudent regulatory moves against the power of Big Tech. And Ker Gibbs, Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, explains how businesses are navigating this intersection between politics and commerce.


Antitrust policy provides a perfect lens to see the systematic differences between China and Western liberal democracies, according to Dr. Angela Zhang, director of the Center for Chinese Law at the University of Hong Kong. In her book Chinese Antitrust Exceptionalism: How the Rise of China Challenges Global Regulation, Zhang argues China leverages antitrust law to achieve industrial policy objectives—including in the tech sectors that are crucial to its rivalry with the United States—but it does so through an insular bureaucracy that is surprisingly fragmented and therefore difficult for outsiders to understand. Rob and Jackie sat down with Dr. Zhang to discuss the internal power dynamics that shape China’s regulatory environment and how it affects the competitive balance of power in the global economy.

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Jack be nimble: the Party-State Vs. the Tech Titans

The Little Red Podcast, Jun 21, 2021

China’s once untouchable tech billionaires suddenly find themselves in the unfamiliar position of being roughed up the state. Just at the time when the Party needs its homegrown tech firms to sell Xi Jinping’s new ‘lovable’ image of China, previously toothless regulators are issuing billion dollar fines and ordering companies to restructure—or else. To ask whether the state’s cozy relationships with companies like Alibaba and TenCent are on the rocks, we’re joined by Hong Kong University’s Angela Zhang, University of Leiden’s Rogier Creemers and John Lee from the Mercator Institute of Chinese Studies. This episode was recorded live as part of the ANU’s Digital Politics in the Asia Pacific seminar series.

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New kid in the playground: China's antitrust push

The Sound of Economics, May 12, 2021

This episode is part of the ZhōngHuá Mundus series of The Sound of Economics.

In this episode of The Sound of Economics, Bruegel’s Alicia García-HerreroMario Mariniello and Giuseppe Porcaro make the virtual trip to the enclave of Hong Kong, where they are joined by Angela Huyue Zhang, an expert on Chinese law and the author of “Chinese Antitrust Exceptionalism: How the Rise of China Challenges Global Regulation”. She draws on her experience of examining how Chinese exceptionalism, as manifested in the way China regulates and is regulated, is reshaping global antitrust regulation to impose extraterritoriality and counter western sanctions and influence.

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After years of turbocharged growth, China's leading tech firms have come under intense scrutiny from Beijing. The record fines slapped on Alibaba, which owns the South China Morning Post, sent alarm bells among China's Big Tech. But the move may not be just a bid to rein in the firms, but Beijing's attempt to reshape the future direction and focus of its home-grown tech companies.

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China's Anti-Monopoly Moment

ChinaTalk, May 2, 2021

Fascinated (or stunned) by China’s recent anti-monopoly moves against tech giants Ant and Meituan? Want to get inside the head of Chinese regulators as they plan their moves against the globe’s largest corporations? ChinaTalk has you covered. This week I’m joined by Dr. Angela Zhang, a professor at The University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Law, to discuss her new book “Chinese Antitrust Exceptionalism: How The Rise of China Challenges Global Regulation”. Yvonne Yu, my colleague at Rhodium, cohosts. Together we dig deep into the past, present, and future of the Chinese regulatory state.

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Chinese tech companies such as Tencent and Alibaba flourished under China’s “light-touch” regulatory regime to become the giants they are today. However the regulatory environment appears to be changing, following the crackdown on Alibaba beginning in November of last year, and other big tech players are bracing themselves for greater scrutiny over uncompetitive practices. We discuss the motivations and implications of China’s antitrust enforcement with legal expert Dr. Angela Zhang, author of the book, “Chinese Antitrust Exceptionalism: How the Rise of China Will Challenge Global Regulation”.

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China Tech Investor is a weekly look at China’s tech companies through the lens of investment. Each week, hosts Elliott Zaagman and James Hull go through their watch list of publicly listed tech companies and also interview experts on issues affecting the macroeconomy and the stock prices of China’s tech companies.

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