Li Yuan

The Wall Street Journal


  • China Technology Columnist at The Wall Street Journal.
  • Has covered U.S. telecom and mobile industries, and edited the Chinese edition of
  • Holds a MA in International Relations from George Washington University, and an MA in Journalism from Columbia.
The Week in Tech: Bracing for the Year of the Pig in China

Feb 1

Li Yuan, Asia tech columnist for The Times, says it could be a tough year for tech workers in China amid a growing trade war with the United States.

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The New New World: China Transforms, and a Factory Owner Struggles to Follow

Jan 21

Shao Chunyou and his wife, Yu Youfu, at their factory in Dongguan, China. Poor but ambitious when he arrived in southern China 30 years ago, Mr. Shao is now a successful factory owner.

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Chinese Consumers’ Confidence Sags, Casting a Pall Over the Global Economy

Jan 3

Apple’s slumping Chinese iPhone sales are the latest sign that the country’s spenders are increasingly bothered by the economy, debt and other problems.

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The New New World: Censoring China’s Internet, for Stability and Profit

Jan 2

Thousands of low-wage workers in “censorship factories” trawl the online world for forbidden content, where even a photo of an empty chair could cause big trouble.

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The New New World: The Huawei Executive’s Arrest Is Igniting Fear. The U.S. Should Take Notice.

Dec 10

Chinese tech entrepreneurs are rethinking their business trips and their American ties. They could instead be valuable allies in the drive to bring more freedom to China.

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Arrest Shakes Huawei as Global Skepticism of Its Business Grows

Dec 6

A shopping mall in Shanghai on Thursday. China sees Huawei as a main driver of its ambitions for technological leadership. But much of the world sees it as a potential conduit for espionage and sabotage.

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How Cheap Labor Drives China’s A.I. Ambitions

Nov 25

Workers at the headquarters of Ruijin Technology Company in Jiaxian, in central China’s Henan Province. They identify objects in images to help artificial intelligence make sense of the world.

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Crazy Work Hours and Lots of Cameras: Silicon Valley Goes to China

Nov 5

A group of Silicon Valley executives went to China and discovered a parallel tech universe that can be equally impressive, alienating and dystopian.

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Private Businesses Built Modern China. Now the Government Is Getting Involved.

Oct 3

Taxes are rising. Regulation is tightening. State-run firms are ascendant. That could spell problems for a country where economic growth is slowing.

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China Censors Bad Economic News Amid Signs of Slower Growth

Sep 28

A market on the outskirts of Harbin, China. Negative economic news could undermine the careful message that Chinese officials have tried to transmit to the public in recent months.

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Alibaba’s Jack Ma, China’s Richest Man, to Retire From Company He Co-Founded

Sep 7

In an interview, Mr. Ma said it was “the beginning of an era” for him and that he planned to focus on philanthropy in education.

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The New New World: China’s Internet Obsesses Over Arrest of Founder Richard Liu

Sep 3

The furor over Mr. Liu’s legal troubles reflects China’s fascination with self-made tech tycoons, who have become symbols of the country’s rise as a global power.

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Chinese Billionaire Arrested in Minnesota in Sexual Misconduct Case

Sep 2

Richard Liu, the founder of the retailing giant, was accused of criminal sexual conduct. His company says a false accusation was made.

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Customers Died. Will That Be a Wake-up Call for China’s Tech Scene?

Aug 29

The rape and killing of two women using a ride-hailing service owned by Didi Chuxing should be a shock to an industry that has long prized growth over users.

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China’s Consumption Downgrade: Skip Avocados, Cocktails and Kids

Aug 22

Amid an economic slowdown and the trade war with the U.S., many Chinese consumers are cutting back. That could be bad news for the global economy.

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The Week In Tech: Infowars and China’s Great Firewall

Aug 10

As exasperating as the debate about tech giants’ role in policing content may be for Americans, people in China can only dream of having such discussions.

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The New New World: A Generation Grows Up in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter

Aug 6

Many foreign internet giants are blocked, leaving some young Chinese to wonder what those services even are — and reinforcing Beijing’s ideological control.

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For a Return to China, Google Is Said to Build a Censored Search Engine

Aug 1

Google withdrew from China in 2010 to protest the country’s censorship. Now the internet giant is working on a search engine that complies with Chinese censorship rules.

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Latest Sign of China’s Slowdown: A Technology Cash Crunch

Jul 16

Long awash in money, the country’s start-up scene has seen an unprecedented downturn. That could be a bad sign for the rest of the Chinese economy.

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Why Made in China 2025 Will Succeed, Despite Trump

Jul 4

The modernization push will proceed even if the White House finds a way to hinder the Beijing-led effort to propel its businesses into the next century.

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