China Tech is unstoppable, from noodle shops to outer space. China Rising Radio Sinoland 171123

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Above, on the left, is my charity fair stand in Shenzhen to sell The China Trilogy ( and my English language learning book, Doctor WriteRead ( There are always several of these seasonal bazaars for vendors to get together and help raise money for a good cause. It was a fun day and I always get to meet many interesting people, both Chinese and otherwise. Pictured on the right is my next door neighbor’s stand, getting her money via mobile telephone payment. I also accepted Alipay, Wechat and cash. More and more people are leaving the house in China with no cash on hand. The level of trust in the banks here is very high, since they are all owned by the people. There are no private banks in China (

Wechat, Alipay and the banks take no fees for mobile payments less than ¥200 (about $25). This is why people can mobile pay $0.25 to rent a bike for an hour or $0.75 for a snack out of a vending machine and not get ripped off by transaction fees. That would never happen in the West, because the banks there are capitalist and rapacious, but I repeat myself. I suspect this is why Apple Pay has not gotten off the ground here. A Western bank could not imagine providing a free service tens of millions of times a day, and not picking the customers’ pockets.

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[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s a follow-up to my article and podcast about China’s high tech revolution being fueled by its communist-socialist political-economic system (, today I am going to present a view of what it looks like in everyday life, on the streets and in the shops. The excellent video below is a perfect show and tell. The video is almost 25 minutes long and well worth the watch from start to finish. It is really hard to explain what mobile phone life is like here in China and this presentation does it in spades. I’m so inured to it on a daily basis, that I hardly even notice. Some cutting edge mobile tech I’m familiar with, but still don’t use much, such as live streaming, which this video also discusses.

After seeing it, I thought back to my visit to the United States this last summer, and what a shock it was compared to high flying China. Going back to America felt like getting out of a time machine in the 20th century ( This video reinforces that perception.

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JEFF J. BROWN, Senior Editor & China Correspondent,  Dispatch from Beijing

Jeff J. Brown is a geopolitical analyst, journalist, lecturer and the author of The China Trilogy. It consists of 44 Days Backpacking in China – The Middle Kingdom in the 21st Century, with the United States, Europe and the Fate of the World in Its Looking Glass (2013); Punto Press released China Rising – Capitalist Roads, Socialist Destinations (2016); and for Badak Merah, Jeff authored China Is Communist, Dammit! – Dawn of the Red Dynasty (2017). As well, he published a textbook, Doctor WriteRead’s Treasure Trove to Great English (2015). He is also currently penning an historical fiction, Red Letters – The Diaries of Xi Jinping, to be published in late 2018. Jeff is a Senior Editor & China Correspondent for The Greanville Post, where he keeps a column, Dispatch from Beijing. He also writes a column for The Saker, called the Moscow-Beijing Express. Jeff interviews and podcasts on his own program, China Rising Radio Sinoland, which is also available on SoundCloud, YouTube, Stitcher Radio and iTunes.

In China, he has been a speaker at TEDx, the Bookworm and Capital M Literary Festivals, the Hutong, as well as being featured in an 18-part series of interviews on Radio Beijing AM774, with former BBC journalist, Bruce Connolly. He has guest lectured at the Beijing Academy of Social Sciences and various international schools and universities.

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Jeff grew up in the heartland of the United States, Oklahoma, much of it on a family farm, and graduated from Oklahoma State University. He went to Brazil while in graduate school at Purdue University, to seek his fortune, which whetted his appetite for traveling the globe. This helped inspire him to be a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia in 1980 and he lived and worked in Africa, the Middle East, China and Europe for the next 21 years. All the while, he mastered Portuguese, Arabic, French and Mandarin, while traveling to over 85 countries. He then returned to America for nine years, whereupon he moved back to China in 2010. He lives in China with his wife. Jeff is a dual national French-American, being a member of the Communist Party of France (PCF) and the International Workers of the World (IWW). 

Jeff can be reached at China Rising, je**@br***********.com, Facebook, Twitter and Wechat/Whatsapp: +86-13823544196.

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