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Poll the People

WeChat, a popular social media platform operated by Tencent, recently announced that writers using WeChat’s public platforms can no longer receive payments from Apple’s iOS users via the “like” button, which used to be a way for fans to tip favourite authors for their posts. Some said Apple’s behaviour is anti-competitive but others argued that the relationship between platforms and developers is just for exchanging resources, meaning that Apple’s move does not violate anti-monopoly regulations or count as anti-competition regulations or laws.

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The Belt and Road forum held in Beijing in May heralds China's strategy of globalisation 2.0. How much China has invested in the BRI? How can other countries along the routes join in and benefit from the opportunities? (p.20-25) Technologically China has often been perceived as playing the catch-up game. Not in Artificial Intelligence, which the country's tech giants are spearheading with some success. (p. 34-43) A migrant worker has taken the country by storm in her Dickensian essay about her hard life in modern Beijing. (p.52-55)