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China Tech loses its edge as data regulation laws bite

Businesses suffering as officials become de facto product managers

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People use smartphones next to an advertisement of TikTok in Beijing in August 2020: data regulation has driven Chinese tech companies into the unknown.   © Reuters

Angela Huyue Zhang, a law professor, is director of the Center for Chinese Law at the University of Hong Kong. She is the author of "Chinese Antitrust Exceptionalism: How the Rise of China Challenges Global Regulation."

Last year, China made a quantum leap in data regulation by adopting two sets of national laws on data security and personal information protection. It is now in the process of churning out more guidelines to implement these ambitious new codes.

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