China Desk, Lianhe Zaobao

China Desk, Lianhe Zaobao

China Desk, Lianhe Zaobao

Lianhe Zaobao is a Chinese-language broadsheet published by Singapore Press Holdings. It was established in 1983, following the merger of Nanyang Siang Pau and Sin Chew Jit Poh, which were started in 1923 and 1929 respectively. It offers timely, credible news reports and a wealth of features, commentaries and opinion pieces. With a Singapore perspective, it also provides news and valuable insights on developments in East Asia, particularly China. In 1995, Lianhe Zaobao became the first Chinese-language newspaper in the world to go online with its portal zaobao.sg. The website has now grown into two sites — zaobao.com to cater to its readers in the greater China region, and zaobao.sg for readers in Singapore and elsewhere.

The paper has correspondents in Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul and Tokyo, and experienced stringers in the Philippines, Japan, Europe and the US. It is one of the few foreign-owned Chinese-language media that is accessible online in China. Zaobao.com has an average of 5 million unique visitors per month, and a monthly pageview count of 100 million in China. The print edition of Lianhe Zaobao is also circulated in Indonesia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Vietnam and major cities of China like Beijing and Shanghai.

A shot of Li Ka-shing. (Li Ka Shing Foundation)

Are Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing's moves still a bellwether for investors?

Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing’s moves have always been highly watched by investors and the public alike. The pivot to Hong Kong and the mainland by CK Asset Holdings, founded by Li and helmed by his son Victor Li, has rekindled discussions as to whether the Li family is shifting its strategic focus back to China. Lianhe Zaobao’s China Desk looks into the recent activities of Li and his group of companies amid a turbulent economic environment.
An AI-generated Coco Lee. (Screen grab from video)

The legal and ethical considerations of 'resurrecting' the dead with AI

Recent AI-generated videos of deceased celebrities have sparked heated debate on whether it is ethical or legal to use the likeness of famed personalities in such videos. Lianhe Zaobao’s China Desk looks into the recent trend of “resurrecting” the dead and the implications.
Founder and chairman of Chinese internet giant Alibaba Jack Ma gives a speech at a high-profile startups and high-tech leaders gathering, Viva Tech, in Paris, France, on 16 May 2019. (Charles Platiau/Reuters)

Jack Ma's reappearance energises Chinese internet and investors: Will Alibaba rise again?

Jack Ma recently sent out an internal memo, affirming Alibaba’s reforms and organisational restructuring, stating that the company has returned to a healthy growth track. Meanwhile, reports suggest that Ma, having returned from obscurity, is once again deeply involved in strategic decisions. Will this be Alibaba’s foray back to the top? Lianhe Zaobao’s China Desk tells us more.
"Granny Wang" interacts with participants on stage in Kaifeng, on 30 March 2024. (CNS)

‘Granny Wang’s Matchmaking’: A large-scale dating arena for China's youths?

With young people in China seemingly less willing to date and get married, Granny Wang’s Matchmaking event in Henan province is proving to be surprisingly popular. Will such live events catch on more and spur young people to consider marriage?
Mannequins stand behind a shop window with a sale sign, at a clothing store inside a shopping complex in Beijing, China, on 4 January 2024. (Florence Lo/Reuters)

Is China’s middle class slipping back into poverty?

As the group of people most sensitive to social change, the middle class is a yardstick for measuring the state of China’s current economy and a window into the future. At the moment, the signs are there that China’s middle class is not doing as well as before, leading to cutting down on spending and saving on daily expenses.
In this photo illustration, a video created by OpenAI's newly released text-to-video Sora tool plays on a monitor in Washington, DC, on 16 February 2024. (Drew Angerer/AFP)

OpenAI's Sora causing 'AI anxiety' in China

With the advent of AI text-to-video model Sora developed by OpenAI, it seems that China’s tech sector is getting nervous and looking at how to close the gap with the US, which is set to get bigger if China is unable to create its own similar technology.
A God of Fortune distributes hongbaos to visitors at Liandao Scenic Area in Lianyungang city, Jiangsu province, on 14 February 2024. (Xinhua)

Rising hongbao rates are putting pressure on Chinese youths

As China’s tradition of giving red packets or hongbaos during festive occasions puts young people under pressure, they are pushing back by giving fewer hongbaos or none at all, hoping that their refusal to conform will help to bring the focus back to the sentiment behind the giving.
Dragon dancers perform at a park on the first day of the Lunar New Year of the Dragon in Beijing on 10 February 2024. (Greg Baker/AFP)

‘Loong’ or dragon?

There has been a recently renewed debate over whether the Chinese 龙 should be translated into English as "dragon" as it is currently known now, or whether there should be a new translation: “loong”. While there is some historical evidence that “loong” was actually one early translation, perhaps today it might be difficult for it to catch on.
China's piano industry is on the decline after more than a decade of rapid growth. (iStock)

China’s middle-class families are giving up their pianos

The poor performance of the piano industry has revealed a dying trend of learning how to play the piano in China’s middle class. No longer seen as a gateway into a higher social status, the piano has become a burden given the tough economic situation and the officials’ de-emphasis on piano talent in national examinations. Lianhe Zaobao’s China desk tells us more.