BBC - Granted, these are two different issues, but the incidents highlight one glaring fact: the West is increasingly suspicious of Chinese tech. That suspicion is complicated by the current "geopolitical tension", says Chris DeAngelis of the ADG group in Beijing. Regardless of whether there is truth to the national security concerns, the real issue, he says, is that the US and the UK want to ensure the survival of globally competitive firms that compete with ZTE. The geopolitical tension Mr DeAngelis is referring to is the ongoing trade row between the US and China.
BBC - "This is not old China. This is a new generation, " says Chris DeAngelis, who routinely advises Western companies coming into China. "The US needs to wake up because right now, we're going to get our asses kicked basically," adds Chris, speaking of the prowess that Chinese tech firms such as Didi have over American ones.
REUTERS - Stopping Broadcom’s deal was a “broad litmus test (that) will likely cut off market opportunities, strategic alliances, key sources of financing and exits for U.S. tech companies in the future,” said David Sullivan, managing director of Alliance Development Group, a firm that helps U.S. tech companies enter the Chinese market.
wsj - “China has no real alternative to Qualcomm globally in terms of high-end chips,” said Chris DeAngelis, general manager at tech advisory firm Alliance Development Group in Beijing.
wsj - Chris DeAngelis, China general manager for technology consultancy Alliance Development Group, sees the tie-up with Google as a sign of Tencent’s global ambitions. “It represents that China’s technology giants have grown up,” Mr. DeAngelis said. “Tencent is now a global player.”
Forbes - When it comes to Google, the commercial benefits remain to be seen. For now, the AI center in Beijing is more about collecting data, which is plentiful in the world’s most populous country and critical to the training of smart machines, says Chris DeAngelis, general manager of Beijing-based consultancy Alliance Development Group.
wsj - “The penetration of the average user is so much greater in China than in the U.S., so you actually could argue Didi is much better positioned from a perspective of training autonomous vehicles,” said Chris DeAngelis, general manager of consultancy at Alliance Development Group.
Forbes - “They [Chinese authorities] are trying to make it harder for people,” said Chris DeAngelis, general manager at consultancy Alliance Development Group, “but to fully stop it is very hard."
foxbusiness - "So many companies get the market wrong, so to have somebody who is from China, understands Apple and has a real leadership role is a really smart move," said Chris DeAngelis, Beijing-based general manager of Alliance Development Group, which advises companies on China market strategies.
foxbusiness - "It's clear that this is now being enforced across the board," said Chris DeAngelis, Beijing-based general manager of consultancy Alliance Development Group. "Any cloud-based company coming into China has to have a local operating partner."
wsj - "How many people do you need to be creative or innovative? Do you need a nation of Steve Jobs? You just need one of them," says Chris DeAngelis, Beijing-based General Manager of consultancy Alliance Development Group. "China's got five times the population of the U.S. That's enough."
PaymentsSource - These companies have integrated just about everything from paying friends to requesting taxis to purchasing goods on marketplaces into their “super apps,” said Chris DeAngelis, the general manager of Alliance Development Group’s (ADG) team in China. ADG helps companies in the U.S., the U.K. and Canada expand into China.
bloomberg - David Sullivan, MD of Alliance Development Group talked on the rise of big data in China with Doug Krizner and Rishaad Salamat. David Sullivan said:"In China they are using Big Data in banking industry, eCommerce, health care, also, the three large internet companies of Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent are very actively using Big Data."
Forbes - EyeVerify started early in China, when the company only had eight employees. The company led by founder and CEO Toby Rush, inked several deals with tier one smartphone OEMS, drew investment from China’s Qihoo 360, did a cooperation agreement with Alibaba and Alipay, and then got acquired, tells David Sullivan, Silicon Valley-based managing director of Alliance Development Group, which advised EyeVerify.
Forbes - The final versions are likely to be moderated, as authorities and companies continue to negotiate rules acceptable to both sides, says Chris DeAngelis, general manager of consultancy Alliance Development Group, which helps western companies expand in China.
“I see this as more of a reminder to the industry that they are being monitored closely and they should continue to develop along the lines outlined in the draft regulations or their lives could become more difficult,” DeAngelis said.
Forbes - Having business contacts on what is supposed to be a personal app like WeChat is just one way to build relationships in the country, says Chris DeAngelis, general manager at consultancy Alliance Development Group, which helps western technology companies expand in China.
wsj - “It is unprecedented for all three internet giants to come together to create a China powerhouse in the sector,” said Chris DeAngelis, general manager of consultancy ADG, which helps Western technology companies expand in China. “The game has been won.”
ADG Assists Graphite to Close Partnership with Xiaomi to Bring Secure Spaces to Over 200 Million Users
prweb - “We are happy to assist Graphite with their China smartphone OEM partnering efforts, adding Xiaomi to Graphite’s global OEM partners. We’re excited for Xiaomi’s global users as they now have access to Graphite’s remarkable Secure Spaces solution” said David Sullivan, Managing Director of ADG.
PR Newswire - "Mobeewave's unique mobile payment solutions offer device OEMs an opportunity to play a larger part in the growing global payments space. We are excited to work with such a great company as Mobeewave and help them develop winning partnerships in China," said David Sullivan, Managing Director of ADG.
PR Newswire - "There's massive demand for a premium keyboard like Fleksy which combines speed, beautiful design, and customization options. We're thankful and honored to have the opportunity to provide this to Meizu users. ADG has been a great partner for us, acting as our 'feet on the street' in China and helping us close deals with leading China smartphone OEMs," said Kosta Eleftheriou, Founder & CEO of Fleksy.
Digital Trends - “Right now the security sector is very hot,” said Chris DeAngelis, Beijing-based general manager at consultancy Alliance Development Group. “The government is looking for non-foreign technologies as much as possible to prevent various back doors.”
FT - In just a few years, the BAT conglomerates has been able to monopolise every aspect of daily life that could conceivably be put on the web and sold to the public. “They all want to own the customer, they want to be with them every second of the day, when they watch a video, chat to their friends, buy groceries, or go to a restaurant” says Chris DeAngelis from the Beijing-based Alliance Development Group.
WSJ - China is seeking to make its own secure smartphones, in an attempt to insulate its handsets from U.S. surveillance. The effort involves both state-owned companies and some of the country's savvier technology firms and marks the latest step in Beijing's quest to build a homegrown tech industry that cuts out U.S. suppliers.
FT - Chris DeAngelis, of Beijing-based Alliance Development Group, believes China’s resources will eventually win out. “In areas such as software development I am already seeing huge amounts of creativity percolating out of the universities and younger graduates,” he says.
Press Reader - The company are adept at adding features and functions quickly and many have deep pockets to support marketing and distribution investments,” said David Sullivan, MD of Alliance Development Group, which provides global technology companies with services in China market expansion, business development and strategic investment.
China Economic Review - “Generally speaking there is a very serious push by the government to use biometrics for authentication,” said Chris DeAngelis, Beijing-based general manager for Alliance Development Group, which helps foreign tech firms expand on the mainland.
The law does not mention what those factors might be, but biometrics could prove a convenient complement to existing methods. “My understanding is that, for example, three-factor authentication could be the device itself, a pin number and a biometric,” DeAngelis said.