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.

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2019 was the year AI became a political, human rights and trade issue. Where does this leave China’s AI superstars?

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.

27 Dec 2019 - 1:10PM

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.

2019 was the year AI became a political, human rights and trade issue. Where does this leave China’s AI superstars?
Lack of quality data, tech talent hinder wider AI adoption in China

Despite those issues, China is projected to have an AI market worth US$11.9 billion by 2023, up from an estimated US$4.5 billion this year.

9 Dec 2019 - 11:04PM

Despite those issues, China is projected to have an AI market worth US$11.9 billion by 2023, up from an estimated US$4.5 billion this year.

Lack of quality data, tech talent hinder wider AI adoption in China
China may be spending far less on AI research than previously thought, US think tank says

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.

4 Dec 2019 - 9:07AM

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.

China may be spending far less on AI research than previously thought, US think tank says
Chinese tech companies are shaping UN facial recognition standards, according to leaked documents

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.

2 Dec 2019 - 11:19PM

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.

Chinese tech companies are shaping UN facial recognition standards, according to leaked documents
China issues new rules to clamp down on deepfake technologies used to create and broadcast fake news

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.

30 Nov 2019 - 10:57PM

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.

China issues new rules to clamp down on deepfake technologies used to create and broadcast fake news
Men and better-paid white-collar workers’ jobs more likely to be affected by AI, research suggests

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.

22 Nov 2019 - 10:20AM

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.

Men and better-paid white-collar workers’ jobs more likely to be affected by AI, research suggests
The brothers behind Cambricon, the chip start-up powering China’s AI ambitions

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.

22 Nov 2019 - 7:50AM

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 brothers behind Cambricon, the chip start-up powering China’s AI ambitions
China overtakes Britain in number of highly cited researchers but still lags far behind US

China now home to the second largest concentration of influential scientists and researchers, overtaking the UK but still far behind the US

20 Nov 2019 - 11:12PM

China now home to the second largest concentration of influential scientists and researchers, overtaking the UK but still far behind the US

China overtakes Britain in number of highly cited researchers but still lags far behind US
China expands its share of fastest supercomputers although US remains No 1 when it comes to speed

In the race for supercomputer dominance, China has increased its overall share while the US retains top two spots when it comes to speed

19 Nov 2019 - 9:29PM

In the race for supercomputer dominance, China has increased its overall share while the US retains top two spots when it comes to speed

China expands its share of fastest supercomputers although US remains No 1 when it comes to speed
Chinese taxpayers are helping to underwrite tech start-up risks

Led by the Zhejiang government, the programme offers up to US$1.4 million to cover research and development costs in failed start-up projects.

13 Nov 2019 - 7:00AM

Led by the Zhejiang government, the programme offers up to US$1.4 million to cover research and development costs in failed start-up projects.

Chinese taxpayers are helping to underwrite tech start-up risks
Baidu CEO Robin Li has ‘more confidence’ for next year after company reports better-than-expected third quarter results on growth in video, cloud services

CEO said the AI market is not growing as fast as expected so the company will have to continue investing while waiting for commercial markets to mature

7 Nov 2019 - 10:49PM

CEO said the AI market is not growing as fast as expected so the company will have to continue investing while waiting for commercial markets to mature

Baidu CEO Robin Li has ‘more confidence’ for next year after company reports better-than-expected third quarter results on growth in video, cloud services
How AI and human rights have been dragged into the US-China tech war, threatening wider split

The US move to blacklist China AI champions threatens to cleave global technology into rival US and China camps.

16 Dec 2019 - 10:18AM

The US move to blacklist China AI champions threatens to cleave global technology into rival US and China camps.

How AI and human rights have been dragged into the US-China tech war, threatening wider split
Open software development platform GitLab looks at suspending new hires in China, Russia on geopolitics

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’

10 Dec 2019 - 10:58PM

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’

Open software development platform GitLab looks at suspending new hires in China, Russia on geopolitics
Former central bank chief Zhou warns that AI will likely increase income inequality and China should prepare

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

4 Nov 2019 - 10:44PM

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

Former central bank chief Zhou warns that AI will likely increase income inequality and China should prepare
If TikTok is the new US bogeyman, what does this mean for ByteDance’s overseas expansion plans?

TikTok is arguably the first social media app from China to garner a strong presence globally but is now being dragged into the US trade and tech war.

28 Oct 2019 - 11:19AM

TikTok is arguably the first social media app from China to garner a strong presence globally but is now being dragged into the US trade and tech war.

If TikTok is the new US bogeyman, what does this mean for ByteDance’s overseas expansion plans?
UK chip software company ARM says it will keep working with Chinese partners

ARM China’s commitment will be seen as much needed reassurance to China’s tech sector, which has become a flashpoint in the US-China relationship

25 Oct 2019 - 12:17PM

ARM China’s commitment will be seen as much needed reassurance to China’s tech sector, which has become a flashpoint in the US-China relationship

UK chip software company ARM says it will keep working with Chinese partners
US ‘blockades’ won’t hurt the fundamentals of China’s science and technology development, says MIIT

MIIT says US sanctions on China’s biggest tech firms will not hurt the country’s long term science and technology development

22 Oct 2019 - 9:02PM

MIIT says US sanctions on China’s biggest tech firms will not hurt the country’s long term science and technology development

US ‘blockades’ won’t hurt the fundamentals of China’s science and technology development, says MIIT
China expected to have 600 million 5G users by 2025, or 40 pc of world total, says trade group GSMA

GSMA says most of the global growth in 5G subscribers by 2025 is expected to come from China

22 Oct 2019 - 9:41PM

GSMA says most of the global growth in 5G subscribers by 2025 is expected to come from China

China expected to have 600 million 5G users by 2025, or 40 pc of world total, says trade group GSMA
Baidu urges staff to be frugal, criticises first-class travel, five-star hotel stays and excessive tissue use

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

16 Oct 2019 - 10:05PM

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

Baidu urges staff to be frugal, criticises first-class travel, five-star hotel stays and excessive tissue use
Huawei has a plan to create a telecoms rival in the US, but Washington won’t be buying it

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.

3 Oct 2019 - 11:23PM

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.

Huawei has a plan to create a telecoms rival in the US, but Washington won’t be buying it
US government should consider China’s approach to national tech champions, says Senator Mark Warner

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.

24 Sep 2019 - 10:39PM

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.

US government should consider China’s approach to national tech champions, says Senator Mark Warner
Why mainland students in US don’t sympathise with Hong Kong protesters

Mainland students in the US enjoy broad access to news, but still oppose the protests in Hong Kong because they value economic success over freedom.

20 Sep 2019 - 1:54PM

Mainland students in the US enjoy broad access to news, but still oppose the protests in Hong Kong because they value economic success over freedom.

Why mainland students in US don’t sympathise with Hong Kong protesters
Lagging in semiconductors, China sees a chance to overtake the US with AI chips as 5G ushers in new era

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.

19 Sep 2019 - 3:02AM

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.

Lagging in semiconductors, China sees a chance to overtake the US with AI chips as 5G ushers in new era
US tech chief: China is threatening America’s lead in the global artificial intelligence race

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.

11 Sep 2019 - 10:28PM

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.

US tech chief: China is threatening America’s lead in the global artificial intelligence race
Naive tourist? Bumbling spy? Months after her arrest at Mar-a-Lago, Zhang Yujing remains a cipher

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.

6 Sep 2019 - 10:05PM

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.

Naive tourist? Bumbling spy? Months after her arrest at Mar-a-Lago, Zhang Yujing remains a cipher
Here’s what Telegram’s cryptocurrency may mean for Hong Kong protests

Telegram is the most widely used app for the city’s protesters to organise and disseminate information.

4 Sep 2019 - 7:07AM

Telegram is the most widely used app for the city’s protesters to organise and disseminate information.

Here’s what Telegram’s cryptocurrency may mean for  Hong Kong protests
US companies’ China optimism dips on trade tension, with more expecting revenue to fall this year, survey finds

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.

30 Aug 2019 - 11:38PM

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.

US companies’ China optimism dips on trade tension, with more expecting revenue to fall this year, survey finds
How China is still paying the price for squandering its chance to build a home-grown semiconductor industry

After several decades and billions of dollars of investment, only 16 per cent of semiconductors used in China today are manufactured domestically.

29 Aug 2019 - 12:33AM

After several decades and billions of dollars of investment, only 16 per cent of semiconductors used in China today are manufactured domestically.

How China is still paying the price for squandering its chance to build a home-grown semiconductor industry
Another trade war toll: number of mainland Chinese business travellers to US drops

The decline in business visits follows a drop in tourist arrivals from China in 2018, the first in 15 years.

28 Aug 2019 - 10:52PM

The decline in business visits follows a drop in tourist arrivals from China in 2018, the first in 15 years.

Another trade war toll: number of mainland Chinese business travellers to US drops
Are China’s investments in semiconductors all for naught? US expert says China is at a crossroads

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.

27 Aug 2019 - 9:27AM

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.

Are China’s investments in semiconductors all for naught? US expert says China is at a crossroads