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Supply chains will see a split, tech to play a bigger role: Investor

CEO and Founder of North Summit Capital Min Wanli speaks during Day 2 of CNBC East Tech West on November 18, 2020 in Nansha, Guangzhou, China.

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A split between global and local supply chains will be important in the event of another crisis like the global pandemic, said the chief executive and founder of investment firm North Summit Capital.

“I believe there’s a bifurcation of the global supply chain into global and local,” said Min Wanli of technology-focused North Summit Capital.

A supply chain is a network between a company and its suppliers to produce and distribute the firm’s products.

“For the critical supply systems, they’ve got to have the self-contained local ecosystem, especially in the next crisis like the … coronavirus,” he told CNBC’s Evelyn Cheng. On the other hand, the pandemic has also shown that a “resilient and also highly

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China faces the challenge of keeping Big Tech in check

Jack Ma, CEO of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, speaks during his visit at the Vivatech startups and innovation fair, in Paris on May 16, 2019.

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GUANGZHOU, China — China’s technology giants are firmly in the crosshairs of the country’s regulators who are trying to figure out how to create a set of antitrust rules that can keep these firms in check.

Experts say Beijing will need to ensure that its drive for new regulations balances its push to become a global technological leader.

Like in the U.S., China’s tech sector has expanded via a largely unencumbered path. In some areas, regulators have already stepped in and are now stepping up those efforts.

“Like Washington, Beijing has a love-hate relationship with its tech champions,” Kendra Schaefer, a partner at Trivium China consultancy which has offices in Beijing and London, told CNBC.

“On the one

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Mixed day for global stocks amid troubles with Brexit, US tech

World stock markets were mixed Friday as European traders mulled Britain’s increasingly acrimonious war dance with the EU, while in the United States technology shares continued to pull back.

Sterling remained under pressure as Britain sparred with Brussels, rejecting an ultimatum to withdraw controversial Brexit legislation but agreeing to extend talks next week.

On the plus side for British industry, a stuttering currency — which hauled itself off multi-month midweek lows — has been helping to boost share prices of index multinational’s earnings in dollars.

Those increases helped London’s FTSE index gain ground on Friday.

After Thursday’s sterling selloff, the pound was stable on Friday amid news the British economy expanded 6.6 percent — albeit still well off pre-coronavirus levels.

“Ultimately UK investors will probably thank the UK government for pushing down sterling and allowing the FTSE the room to recover 6000 (points),” said Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at

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Global prospects dim for China’s tech champions as great powers clash

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – Huawei Technologies’ founder Ren Zhengfei’s global ambitions are marked in bricks and mortar at a new company campus in southern China, where the buildings are replicas from European cities.

Zhang Yiming, founder of ByteDance, the operator of short video app TikTok, has plastered his Beijing headquarters with posters including a cover of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s book “How Google Works”, and has long said he will build a global firm that can compete with U.S. tech giants.  

But the two companies which best exemplify China’s ambitions to challenge U.S. tech dominance are now stymied by strains in relations between China and countries including the United States, India, Australia and Britain.

Chinese companies with world-beating technology — including drone-maker DJI, artificial intelligence firms Megvii, SenseTime and iFlytek <002230.SZ>, surveillance camera vendor Hikvision <002415.SZ> and e-commerce conglomerate Alibaba Group <BABA.N> — are also among those losing access to

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