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China's Big Tech Crackdown

THE INDICATOR FROM PLANET MONEY, August 25, 2021

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.