China Must Commit to Battery Recycling in Electric Vehicle Boom: Greenpeace | Technology News

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China needs to step up the recycling and repurposing of batteries for electric vehicles in order to ease supply strains and curb pollution and carbon emissions, environmental group Greenpeace said on Friday.

Though the deployment of electric vehicles is an important environmental initiative, the manufacturing of batteries is energy- and carbon-intensive and puts the supply of key raw materials like lithium and cobalt under severe strain, the group said in a research report.

“We’re about to see a tidal wave of old EV batteries hit China,” said Ada Kong, Greenpeace East Asia’s senior programme manager. “How the government responds will have huge ramifications for Xi Jinping’s 2060 carbon neutral commitment.”

Greenpeace said 12.85 million tonnes of EV lithium-ion batteries will go offline worldwide between 2021 and 2030, while more than 10 million tonnes of lithium, cobalt, nickel and manganese will be mined for new batteries.

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China smartphone vendors ramp up overseas shipments in 3Q20, says Digitimes Research

China smartphone vendors ramp up overseas shipments in 3Q20, says Digitimes Research

Peyton Cheng, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei

China’s handset vendors shipped a total of 182 million smartphones globally in the third quarter of 2020, up 10.6% sequentially but down 5.6% on year, Digitimes Research has found.

The sequential gains come as Chinese brands, with the exception of Huawei, were able to ramp up overseas shipments to meet inventory replenishment demand by channel operators outside China, offsetting sluggish sales in the domestic market,

Among the major Chinese vendors, Huawei saw its overall shipment decline 25.5% sequentially in the third quarter, while rival brands including Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo all posted sequential gains, Digitimes Research figures show.The top-four vendors accounted for 74.3% of China’s total smartphone shipments in the third quarter, down from 78.7% a quarter earlier.

In the fourth quarter, Chinese vendors are still likely to post

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Xiaomi bucks trend of contracting China smartphone market in Q3: Counterpoint

SHANGHAI, Oct 29 (Reuters)China’s smartphone market continued its steady contraction in the third quarter, with shipments declining 14% year-on-year, research firm Counterpoint reported on Friday.

Xiaomi Corp 1810.HK was the only brand to see growth in the quarter, with sales in China up 8% year-on-year. Its overall market share rose to 11% from 9% in the same period last year. Counterpoint attributed the performance to aggressive promotions as the company celebrated its 10th anniversary in August.

Apple Inc AAPL.O and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd HWT.UL both saw sales decline, breaking a growth streak that lasted several quarters.

Apple’s sales in China fell 7%, while Huawei’s dropped 3%. Their overall shares of the market, however, remained relatively stable, with Apple at 8% and Huawei at 45%.

Both companies launched new flagship devices in October with analysts expecting strong demand. The iPhone 11 was the quarter’s best-selling phone, according to

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TikTok owner ByteDance launches education technology brand Dali for China

By Yingzhi Yang and Brenda Goh



a sign on the side of a building: FILE PHOTO: The logo of Bytedance, which owns short video app TikTok, is seen at its office in Beijing


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FILE PHOTO: The logo of Bytedance, which owns short video app TikTok, is seen at its office in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) – Beijing-based ByteDance announced a standalone education technology (edtech) brand Dali for the Chinese market on Thursday, becoming another major tech player looking to capitalise on the sector’s boom driven by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dali, meaning “forceful strength” in Chinese, will host all the education business of ByteDance and already has 10,000 employees, Dali Chief Executive Chen Lin told a press conference in Beijing.

ByteDance founder and chief executive Zhang Yiming said in a statement: “We started to develop interests in the education industry very early on. The brand independence of Dali Education is just the beginning of a long journey.”

Demand for education technology grew during the coronavirus pandemic as widespread lockdowns in China and school closures forced students

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Xiaomi bucks trend of contracting China smartphone market in third quarter: Counterpoint

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s smartphone market continued its steady contraction in the third quarter, with shipments declining 14% year-on-year, research firm Counterpoint reported on Friday.



a man standing in front of a building: People wearing protective face masks visit Xiaomi brand's store in Kyiv


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People wearing protective face masks visit Xiaomi brand’s store in Kyiv

Xiaomi Corp was the only brand to see growth in the quarter, with sales in China up 8% year-on-year. Its overall market share rose to 11% from 9% in the same period last year. Counterpoint attributed the performance to aggressive promotions as the company celebrated its 10th anniversary in August.

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Apple Inc and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd both saw sales decline, breaking a growth streak that lasted several quarters.

Apple’s sales in China fell 7%, while Huawei’s dropped 3%. Their overall shares of the market, however, remained relatively stable, with Apple at 8% and Huawei at 45%.

Both companies launched new flagship devices in October with analysts expecting strong

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China leaders vow to create self-reliant ‘technology power’

BEIJING (AP) — China’s leaders vowed Thursday to create a self-reliant “technology power” as a feud with Washington cuts access to U.S. processor chips and other high-tech components, hampering Beijing’s industrial ambitions.

Leaders of the ruling Communist Party made the announcement after a meeting to draft a development blueprint for the state-dominated economy over the next five years.

President Xi Jinping’s government is trying to limit damage from the Trump administration’s curbs on technology sales to China in a fight over security and spying. Those threaten to disrupt plans to create Chinese competitors in telecoms, biotech and other fields, which communist leaders see as a path to prosperity and global influence.

“Science and technology should be self-reliant as a strategic support for national development,” said a party statement. It promised to “accelerate the building of a science and technology power” but gave no details.

Five-Year Plans, issued since the 1950s,

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U.S. pitches cheaper solar tech to India amid high dependence on China

By Sudarshan Varadhan

CHENNAI (Reuters) – The United States wants India to explore manufacturing a cheaper alternative to silicon solar cells, U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said on Wednesday, amid high dependence on Chinese technology.

Brouillette, who was addressing a virtual press conference at the conclusion of the India energy forum at the IHS CERA Week, said India was “perfectly positioned as a potential manufacturer” of perovskite cells, on which the U.S. was conducting research at its national laboratory in Colorado.

“We have seen recently with this pandemic, supply chain issues have arisen with countries like China and in certain cases we have become overly dependent upon one country,” Brouillette said.

India has an ambitious plan to increase its renewable energy capacity to 175 gigawatts (GW) by 2022, nearly three-fifths of which will be solar power.

The energy hungry nation, which imports over 80% of its solar cells and modules

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Sci-tech minister welcomes talent to ‘China opportunity’ as restrictions are tightened in the US amid tech war

China’s minister of science and technology has invited technology talent to enjoy what he called the “China opportunity”, amid an escalating tech war that has seen controls, such as visas, tightened for Chinese students, workers and academics in the US.

Minister Wang Zhigang said that China will “take more active attitudes and pragmatic measures to deepen international tech collaboration, effectively protect the legitimate rights and interests of talents, and let them, from home or abroad, enjoy the ‘China opportunity,’” according to a report by state media outlet Xinhua.

Wang spoke at the Conference on International Exchange of Professionals, which kicked off online on Monday simultaneously in Beijing, Shenzhen and Moscow. Russia was a guest of honour at this year’s event, and increased Sino-Russia collaboration was a feature of the conference.

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US, China battle over emerging technologies

Relations between the US and China have worsened in recent years, with the Trump administration taking an increasingly antagonistic stance toward Beijing.

One issue that looms particularly large over the two countries is information technology, which both sides see as crucial to exerting and extending geopolitical influence. And it seems unlikely this situation will change any time soon, regardless of who comes out on top in next week’s presidential election.

The US government has recently been tightening controls on emergent high-tech industries. This includes 5G, the next-generation standard for cellular networks that allows for the exchange of massive amounts of data at unprecedented speeds.

Washington has banned American firms from selling electronic parts without its approval to Chinese telecom giant Huawei, which supplies about a third of all 5G equipment, giving it the world’s largest market share. This May, US officials tightened restrictive measures on Huawei, banning the sale of

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China issues revised regulation on science, technology award system

BEIJING — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has signed a State Council decree to publish the revised regulation on the national science and technology award system.

As an important and long-standing system, the national science and technology award system is a significant policy to encourage independent innovation, inspire the vitality of talent and foster a favorable environment for innovation.

The revised regulation clarifies that the science and technology awards should serve the country’s major strategies as well as the mid- and long-term development plan for science and technology.

It highlights that China will increase the awards for basic research in natural sciences and applied basic research.

The awards will be nominated by experts, scholars, organizations and authorities in relevant fields. Those who violate moral principles and engage in misconduct in research activities will not be nominated or awarded.

The regulation also makes improvements to the system and methods of the review

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