Hi there, it’s Robin.
This has been another exciting week for the tech scene both in China and Southeast Asia.
First up, the move made by the middle kingdom last week at opening up its cards to lure the Chinese tech giants back home has started to gain momentum.
Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi has filed with the China Securities Regulatory Commission to issue CDR, while Baidu could also become the first overseas-listed Chinese company to relist in China.
Interestingly, only a few days later, on Thursday, Xiaomi released yet another updated version of its CDR prospectus with new highlights.
Meituan-Dianping, a Chinese O2O platform, has also been rumored to have recently completed its pre-IPO roadshow and is well on its way to file with HKEX.
An aggressive fight between Alibaba & Tencent seems to be growing in intensity this week.
On the other hand, Tencent’s ally, JD.com is also locked in a fierce battle with Alibaba to fight for the best back-end operation to offer a more convenient e-commerce shopping experience.
In the Southeast Asian region, Singapore’s O2O platform giant, Grab countered Go-Jek’s added ammunition offer last week with a new collaboration with Japanese car maker, Toyota.
It’s also noteworthy to mention of SEA’s intentions to raise more funds via the issue of convertible notes as it reported of tripling losses in Q1 following its battles with Alibaba-backed Lazada.
Despite the already growing fight, this week also witnessed Southeast Asia’s preparation for an impending Islamic-related startup boom.
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