So, what’s up in China? 🇨🇳 Issue 88, covering 26 July – 1 August.

1. Tencent suspends new signups to WeChat, citing security upgrade. (Pan Daily)

2. China’s highest court released a judicial interpretation prohibiting businesses from forcing people to accept facial recognition applications on apps to access services.🤔 (Technode)

3. The Ministry of Industry Information Technology told 25 of its largest internet and hardware companies to carry out internal reviews and rectify issues ranging from data security to consumer rights protections. (Bloomberg)

4. The Ministry of Civil Affairs reported the number of eldercare home facilities in China went up 60.9% YoY. (China Daily)

5. China will host the first international meeting on COVID-19 vaccine cooperation. (CGTN)

6. Tencent will complete the integration of Sogou in August. (Pan Daily)

7. China wants to achieve global leadership in the next-generation IPv6 internet protocol by 2025 as Beijing prepares itself for the internet of things (IoT) era, when a washing machine or a microwave oven may have its own IP address.👍💪 (SCMP)

8. Despite harsh regulations, funds focused on Chinese stocks saw inflows of $3.6 billion in the week ending Wednesday, of which $300 million went into China tech funds. (CNBC)

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