Connecting Africa to China
China builds a highway that charges your car while you drive
A ‘solar-super highway’ between Hangzhou and Ningbo is expected to be open to the public in 2022 This new...
Tesla opens first ever factory in China
The American electrical vehicle manufacturer, Tesla, has opened up its first ever wholly-owned assembly plant in Shanghai, China, after...
China’s ambitious, transnational infrastructure plan
China’s One Belt One Road initiative is an ambitious infrastructure plan across 68 countries in Central Asia and Russia....
AI makes construction safer in China
Construction companies in China are using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to monitor worker safety, efficiency and on-site conduct, as sites using technology are found to have significantly improved output and worker safety, says a China Academy of Sciences report.  The technology, developed by the Institute of Automation in Beijing, syncs... Read more
China achieves global SatNav independence
Beidou, China’s two decades-long global navigation satellite system project, is complete. The Long March 3B rocket carrying the final satellite necessary for the system, was successfully launched into orbit, ending China’s reliance on the United States for the technology. The launch, in Xichang, South China, was declared a success... Read more
Huawei rolls out classroom-in-a-truck solution
Shenzen-based tech giant, Huawei, will replicate its mobile, digital classroom, DigiTruck, in five more countries, including France and the Philippines, after the success of its programme in Kenya. The repurposed semi-trailer truck, which was trialled in Kenya, is designed to increase accessibility to digital skills. The DigiTruck Project is... Read more
Internet giant Tencent’s answer to Googleplex
Chinese internet giant, Tencent Holdings plans, to build a futuristic ‘Net City’ for employees in the port city of Shenzen. The futuristic city, designed by renowned architect Jonathon Ward, will be two million square feet – roughly the size of Monaco. Tencent’s city inside a city, located near Shenzen’s... Read more
China offers to help Africa through Covid-19 woes
China has said it will forgive African countries their interest-free loans for the year while it pledged to reinforce its African allies’ medical resources as the continent battles the Covid-19 pandemic. Speaking to attendees at the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity Against the Covid-19 Pandemic in Beijing on Thursday,... Read more
China puts the brakes on coal production
China has vowed to cap the nation’s coal-fired capacity at 1 100Gw and its active coal mines to 5 000 sites by the year’s end. China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said it would decommission outdated and inferior coal-fired power units, while it would still approve new coal plants... Read more
China forges ahead with late trial Covid-19 vaccine
China National Biotec Group (CNBG) is planning late-stage human trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine after scientists at its Wuhan-based medical facilities noted the experimental drug caused positive antibody responses in 100% of all tested human subjects. Initial trials for the potentially life-saving vaccine started in April this year.... Read more
Million mile EV battery ready for production
A ‘million-mile battery’ unit for electric vehicles that can last up to two million kilometres and for 16 years is ready for mass production, says Chinese battery manufacturer, Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL). The battery will cost around 10% more than current EV standard power units, says CATL, one... Read more
Chinese nanotech eye could offer night vision
A team of scientists at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has replicated the structure and workings of a human eye, in a world-first that could help to heal the blind or make night vision a reality. Professor Fan Zhiyong and his team, who have been... Read more
Chinese minitruck set to bolster vendor economy
A Chinese minitruck found itself trending on the popular social media platform, WeChat, last week. The truck’s market debut under the Wuling brand coincided with the Shanghai government’s decision to lift stall and vendor bans in the city. The minitruck, a light-vehicle joint venture between SAIC-GM and Wuling Motors,... Read more