China blocks US video-conferencing tool Zoom

Video-conferencing service Zoom was blocked in China starting Monday morning, joining a list of inaccessible internet services in the country.

Why it matters: Against a backdrop of increasingly restrictive internet in China, the ban of US-based Zoom comes as the countries continue a protracted battle over technology and trade.

  • Domestic apps with video conferencing and productivity features are on the rise, including Alibaba’s DingTalk and Tencent’s WeChat Work.
  • In the lead-up to China’s 70th anniversary in October, retaining social and economic stability is a high priority for Beijing. […]