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NOTE
Despite the high number of news about Covid-19 (coronavirus) spread around the world, there is still misinformation about the epidemic and China.
In this context, we recommend the reading of the article “Opinião: É hora de solidariedade com a China, não de racismo”, which points out how the virus repercussion is revealing various cases of prejudice against Chinese people.
In this sense, our China Desk, composed by lawyers committed to ethics and the application of our laws, offers its solidarity to China and highlights that it works for the strengthening of relations between Brazilians and Chinese, repudiating every and any act of intolerance and prejudice.

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Chinese court establishes that AI-generated article has copyrights – A court in the Chinese city of Shenzhen has decided that an artificial intelligence-generated article has legal protection. The Dreamwriter AI Writing Robot, from Tencent, a Chinese technology giant, is capable of writing around 2.000 news related to finance or sports every day. This case involved the copy and dissemination of an article written by DreamWriter by Shanghai Yingxun Technology Co., which resulted in a lawsuit filed by Tencent. In the end, Shanghai Yingxun was required to pay compensation of 1,500 yuan, approximately 216 US dollars. (CGTN, 01.13.2020)

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Brazil and China close historical deal about melon exportation – The General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) has authorized the melon importation from Brazil. This act is considered symbolical because it is the first-ever agreement between both sides involving fruits. China is the world’s biggest melon consumer, which could mean significant growth in the export volume of the fruit by Brazil. GACC technicians already inspected producer farms in Rio Grande do Norte and Ceará. China is also expected to publish the list of certified farms and packing houses. (G1, 01.23.2020)

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Poverty reduction progress in China is praised in the World Economic Forum – The President of the World Economic Forum affirmed that the progress towards poverty eradication in China is unprecedented and that all members of the global community should embrace Chinese effort to promote multilateralism. Borge Brende, a Norwegian politician, reinforced that approximately 800 million people lifted out of extreme poverty in China, a number never seen before in human history. Also, predictions indicate that Asian GDP may overcome the total GDP of the rest of the world in 2020. The region may contribute around 60% of global growth by 2030. (XINHUA, 01.22.2020)

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China wants to ban single-use plastic – The National Development and Reform Commission of China will implement sustainability and reduction of rubbish production policy in the country over the next five years. Plastic bags shall be banned in all cities until 2022, except for the fresh produce markets, which shall be exempt until 2025. According to the new rules, hotels shall not provide free single-use plastic items, and restaurants must reduce the use of single-use plastic items by 30%. (BBC NEWS, 01.20.2020)

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Chinese solar panels producer intends to double its production in Brazil in 2020 – BYD intends to expand panels production in Brazil later this year. According to an executive from the Chinese producer that owns a factory unit in Campinas since 2017, the intention is motivated by global market optimism and by the decrease in components costs. Adalberto Maluf, Director of Marketing and Sustainability of BYD in Brazil, said that the production is being doubled compared to 2019. (EXAME, 01.02.2020)

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ByteDance, the owner of TikTok, plans to get into the game’s world – Chinese ByteDance is the most valuable startup in the world. Its video application, TikTok, has already passed Facebook and Instagram and has become the second most downloaded application for smartphones. According to Bloomberg, the Chinese startup has already acquired copyrights and studios for the creation of games and hired around 1,000 employees for the new project development. Some sources said that ByteDance plans the creation of multiplayer games with themes related to Chinese culture. (ESTADÃO, 01.20.2020)

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China’s leading express delivery company embraces technology on demand for fresh food products – SF Express is on the way to become a technology-driven logistics service provider. In 2018, the company, for the first time, transported live lobsters from the United States to China on a chartered plane. Since then, it has also transported Canadian lobsters and Chilean cherries to China. SF Express is looking for the development of transportation door-to-door and implementing new freight routes. In the first months of 2019, SF had already accomplished an average of 3,407 metric tons of goods daily, on an average of 4,170 flights. (CHINA DAILY, 01.22.2020)

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Competing with American companies, Chinese companies grow up in the smart speakers market and reach sales record numbers – Despite Amazon and Google represent 53,2% of the smart speakers market, a recent study from Strategy Analytics shows that they are losing market share for Chinese competitors. Alibaba, for example, had a 94% growth in smart speaker sales, hitting a global record of 146.9 million sales in 2019, while Baidu and Xiaomi increased by 171% and 167%, respectively, over the past years, mainly in Asian markets. (FORBES, 02.17.2020)

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To Learn More
China has been achieving unprecedented marks with its technological and economic influence, increasingly reinforcing its position as a global leader in terms of growth and development. However, many countries still face difficulties in establishing a genuine connection with China, which is extremely important for expanding and developing business.
In this edition, we recommend the episode “Brasil China Expert” of BBN Brasil Podcast bu Tom Reaoch, with the interview of Taís Bahia, lawyer of our China Desk. She talked about opportunities of business between the two countries, cultural barriers in the corporate environment, among other curiosities about the Asian giant. Also available on Spotify and Apple.

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