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Forkast examines China’s Asian tech ambitions

A three-part series exploring how China is setting Asia's technology standards

China’s most recent five-year plan — its 14th, drafted against the backdrop of the increased US-China tensions and the COVID-19 pandemic — stresses economic growth and increasing self-reliance through innovative technology and domestic consumption.


But what do China’s technological ambitions mean for the rest of Asia and the world for the coming decades?

In a three-part series, supported by a grant from JNI, Forkast.News examined China’s use of blockchain to set Asia’s technology agenda.

Part 1: China bets on blockchain

The first part of the series examines China’s ambitious efforts to push the leading edge of technology and finance — it saw the potential in Bitcoin’s technology to spawn the next internet and a new form of currency — and how it may affect the world.

Part 2: China lays digital groundwork for a new Silk Road

The second part of the series examines how China is deploying technology — in particular the digital yuan — to advance initiatives that intertwine economics and geopolitics, straddle concrete and virtual infrastructure, and span the hemispheres, from Cambodia to the Caribbean.

Part 3: Digital dragons and digital dollars

In the final instalment, Forkast examines how China’s transition to a digital currency could affect its social and political systems and whether it will usher in an era of stricter controls.

About Forkast

Forkast.News is a news outlet based in Hong Kong that has a strong focus on blockchain, crypto, digital finance and emerging technologies. Forkast was founded by editor-in-chief Angie Lau in 2018 and provides in-depth analysis on the latest trends and technology.

Forkast employs a team of journalists and tech experts to gather, analyse and curate news from around the world. It provides high-quality, independent reporting across a range of mediums, including videos and podcasts, to help policy makers, investors, analysts and industry leaders stay ahead of the information curve.

“In an age of information overload and misinformation, it is more crucial than ever for journalists to help uncover the stories and explain the technologies that are truly shaping our world,” said Angie Lau.

“Forkast.News is committed to providing accurate, actionable and analytical news to help our audience understand the role Asia is playing in technology disruption, and why it matters to our collective futures.”


About the project

Forkast is producing a three-part series exploring how China is setting Asia's technology standards, with the support of a grant from JNI.