3. Hundreds of Baidu employees working around the clock and borrowing computer chips from other departments, Baidu’s response to Ernie Bott’s ChatGPT this Thursday. (Wall Street Journal $)
4. TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew has sought closed-door meetings with at least half a dozen lawmakers in Washington, DC. He is scheduled to appear before a congressional hearing later this month regarding privacy and national security concerns about TikTok. (Forbes $)
5. China It could control 32 percent of the world’s lithium mining capacity by 2025, according to investment bank UBS AG. (Bloomberg $)
6. China appoints Yi Gang as central bank chief, signaling continuity in monetary policy. (AP)
7. The “996” overwork culture in China, adopted by tech companies a few years ago, is not going away easily. An executive at a Chinese automobile company recently asked the legal department “how to avoid legal risks” by requiring employees to work on Saturdays. (sixth tone)
Lost in translation
A young entrepreneur in central China is reimagining retirement homes by teaching senior residents how to play e-sports. According to Chinese gaming publication Chuap, 25-year-old Fan Jinlin, who lives in Henan province, took over the family’s retirement home business after college. He started creating video content about the lives of the residents and quickly attracted millions of followers on Douyin, China’s version of TikTok.
In the year Zhang Fengqin, a 68-year-old retired bank clerk, is one of them. Duyin saw the news and pointed. She soon grew from someone who didn’t even know how to use a mouse to a skilled player of Team Fight Tactics, a popular game that demands quick reactions as much as strategic thinking. Ultimately, Fan wants to build a professional team that plays in tournaments, but to achieve that, he needs at least seven participants like Zhang. Now he only has three.
One more thing
The number 2,952 disappeared from Chinese social media Weibo. why? Because last week, President Xi Jinping extended his term for another five years, with 2,952 votes against the extension and zero abstentions – in China’s ceremonial legislature, the National People’s Congress. While everyone knew Xi would win a third term, the lack of a single opposition vote still left people talking about how pointless the process was. A few days later, Weibo blocked search results on the number.