So, what’s up in China? 🇨🇳 Issue 108, covering 13 – 19 December.

1. Alibaba has set a target for gross merchandise volume (GMV) of $100 billion for its Southeast Asian marketplace Lazada. The move is meant to offset the slowdown in domestic business growth by accelerating overseas expansion. (Pandaily)

2. China will ban edited content that contains scenes from movies and TV shows in short videos. (KrAsia)

3. China online retail sales up 15.4% in the first eleven months of 2021. (China Internet Watch)

4. ByteDance’s Toutiao launches small micro loan products. (Pandaily)

5. Weibo Corp has been slapped with a 3 million yuan ($470,000) fine by China’s internet regulator for repeatedly publishing illegal information. (NikkeiAsia)

6. China’s Ministry of Education suspended the filing and review process for homework search apps that allow students to upload pictures of exam questions and search for related answers. (Technode)

7. Travel policies for this year’s Spring Festival, which will fall in early February, should be devised based on COVID-19 risk appraisals of different regions and groups. (Chinadaily)

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