Chinese tech is a loaded term. The very fact that we have to say ‘Chinese’ tech rather than tech demotes its otherness. So what does a place of origin signify? The differences in market conditions, political context and most importantly, the development stage of the country. A key theme that runs through Chinese tech is that as a developing country with under-developed institutions, technology isn’t augmenting existing institutions, but creating them.
Combining all of these factors means that China’s tech ecosystem is neither ahead nor behind that of the west, it is a parallel world.