Meng Jing
Meng Jing
Based in Beijing, Jing covers the China tech scene for the Post. She writes a lot about artificial intelligence, robots and machines, but she cares more about people.

The US blacklisted some of China’s most promising AI start-ups this year for alleged human rights violations, amid broader anxieties over China’s rising dominance in the tech sector. As pressure from China’s largest trade partner mounts, a shadow has been cast over the prospects of China’s AI industry.

The Chinese government is probably not dramatically outspending the US government on AI research and development, a recent report by the Centre for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), a think tank of Washington-based Georgetown University, suggests.

UN standards, which usually take around two years to be drafted and adopted, are influential in African countries as they don’t have strong enough domestic resources.


The China regulation bans providers and users of online video and audio services from using deep learning and virtual reality to create, distribute and broadcast fake news.


Men, over-represented in both analytical, technical and professional roles as well as production, work in occupations with much higher AI exposure, research from Washington-based Brookings Institution suggests.

Cambricon Technologies is one of China’s most valuable AI chip start-ups, worth US$2.5 billion. Its chips have been used to power nearly 100 million smartphones and servers, yet you probably haven’t heard its name.

The decision to look at hiring, according to Eric Johnson, vice-president of engineering at GitLab, came after the ‘expressed concern of several enterprise customers’

Former PBOC governor says policies should be put in place to guide AI development – specifically what the technology can and cannot do – along with tax policies

Baidu is in a years-long transition between traditional search operations and new artificial intelligence-powered businesses such as autonomous driving.

The offer to license 5G technology to an American company does not address Washington’s concerns, analysts say, since telecommunications have increasingly been seen as a strategic national security domain and a geopolitical issue.

Ranking Democrat Mark Warner suggests ‘dramatic, different approach’ to domestic industrial policy, and possible cooperation with ‘Five-Eyes’ allies to build a tech champion able to compete with Huawei.

Some in China see custom AI chips, which can offer superior performance to conventional integrated circuits even when manufactured using older processes, as helping the country loosen its dependence on the US in core technology.

US Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios calls on the US government and private sector to collaborate to keep the country on top in the fierce competition for AI dominance.

Zhang, representing herself in US court on charges that carry up to six years in prison, may have been an ‘unwitting asset’ of Chinese intelligence, a former FBI agent says.

Twenty-six per cent of respondents said they expect revenue in the current year to decline, a record high in the 19-year history of the survey. More than 80 per cent – 8 per cent more than a year ago – said trade tensions affected their China business operations this year.

Vice-president of the Semiconductor Industry Association, a US trade group that represents some of the world’s biggest chip makers, speaks about China’s chip efforts.