How Apple is paving the way to a ‘cloud dictatorship’ in China | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

By Lo Shih-hung The US-based global tech giant Apple Inc. is set to hand over the operation of its iCloud data center in mainland China to a local corporation called Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD) by February 28, 2018. When this transition happens, the local company will become responsible for handling […]

Source: How Apple is paving the way to a ‘cloud dictatorship’ in China | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

Is this the end of the end?

China clamping down on use of VPNs to evade Great Firewall

BEIJING (AP) — China is tightening control over foreign companies’ internet use in a move some worry might disrupt their operations or jeopardize trade secrets as part of a crackdown

Source: China clamping down on use of VPNs to evade Great Firewall

We will all have to wait to see how this may or may not affect us, but without a functioning method of bypassing the GFW  then many expats, businesses will struggle to enjoy China.

One year on, Apple Pay finding little traction in the Middle Kingdom

Apple Pay has finally caught on in the US, but one year on in China and it is still struggling.

Source: One year on, Apple Pay finding little traction in the Middle Kingdom

I think one aspect that is not mentioned in the article is that UnionPay insist that a PIN is entered when using Apple Pay (and in some circumstances a signature is required). This means that using Apple Pay is not really any different to using your debit or credit card.

The competition such as Alipay and Tenpay simply require the QR code to be scanned and the payment is immediate, a much better experience in my opinion.

It would not surprise me if this situation was intentional to ensure the business and profits stay in China.