China’s 5 big tech issues for 2022

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GUANGZHOU, China — China’s technology sector has taken a wild ride over the past year, with regulations tightened, billions of dollars wiped off companies’ market value, and a continuing push from Beijing for technological self-sufficiency.

Those are among the important themes that will be addressed at CNBC’s annual East Tech West event in the Nansha district of Guangzhou in southern China.

Here’s a look at the top concerns and focuses of China’s technology sector right now.

China’s tech crackdown

That has weighed heavily on China’s internet names. For example, Alibaba’s shares are down 41% year-to-date.

Several questions are swirling:

  • Will China introduce more new regulation and in what areas?
  • What companies could be targeted next?
  • What does it mean for growth of the tech sector in China?

CNBC tackled some of this in a recent episode of the “Beyond the Valley” podcast below. Those conversations will continue at East Tech West.


The continuing technology rivalry between the U.S. and China has added urgency to Beijing’s push for increased self-sufficiency across a variety of sectors. One of those is semiconductors, which are critical for everything from cars to mobile phones.

But China is struggling to catch up with the U.S. and other countries, and that’s because of the complexity of the semiconductor supply chain, which is dominated by foreign companies.

‘Frontier’ tech

Electric vehicles

China’s economic slowdown

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China’s 5 big tech issues for 2022