So, what’s up in China? 🇨🇳 Issue 111, covering 3 – 9 January.

1. Taobao and Tmall are merging? Backends are. Alibaba reorganises back-end operations of Taobao and Tmall as well as establishment of 3 new operation centres for both platforms. (South China Morning Post)

2. How’s WeChat app store doing? WeChat mini program ecosystem attracted more than 450 million daily active users (DAUs) in 2021, up 12.5% from 400 million DAUs in 2020. (Technode)

3. And the winner is — JD will be the exclusive interactive partner of the 2022 Spring Festival Gala. During the Spring Festival, JD will give out red envelopes and gifts worth over 1.5 billion yuan (US$236 million). (Pandaily)

4. Tencent is making WeChat compatible with the digital yuan ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics. (NikkeiAsia)

5. When are Chinese travellers coming back? 2023-25. China’s aviation regular says, the industry will focus on expanding domestic flights and restoring international air travel in 2023-2025. (Reuters)

6. China’s auditing regulator called officials to “keep their eyes open” when conducting audits, after recovering more than 300 billion yuan (US$47.04 billion) in government funds. (Reuters)

7. Between 1-3 January 960 million express parcels were delivered in China, increase of 26.5% YoY. By 2025, the annual business income of the postal industry will exceed 1.8 trillion yuan (about US$28.2 billion). (Pandaily)

8. Beijing’s annual gross domestic product exceeded 4 trillion RMB (US$630 billion) for the first time, a YoY increase of 8.5 %. (China Daily)

9. China’s cyberspace regulator announced that developers launching apps that have the ability to influence public opinion should undergo a security review. (CNBC)

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