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Western, Chinese consumers divided on electric, self-driving cars: Survey

Automakers, ride-hailing and technology companies ploughing money into the development of electric, self-driving and shared car services will find more enthusiastic consumers in China than in Europe and the United States, a survey on Thursday showed. Consumers in some Western countries appear unconvinced as automakers overhaul their factories and supply chains to produce pricey electric […]

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The dilemma facing US-educated Chinese AI engineers

“Many engineering students [in China] still get old-school textbooks and insufficient laboratory training,” he said. “Engineering practices for AI have been through a fast iteration over the past few decades, which means many Chinese students are not exposed to the most updated knowledge in the field, at least not in the classroom.” Zhuang also noted […]

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In brave new world of China’s digital courts, judges are AI and verdicts come via chat app

Artificial-intelligence judges, cybercourts and verdicts delivered on chat apps – welcome to China’s brave new world of justice. China is encouraging digitization to streamline case-handling within its sprawling court system using cyberspace and technologies like blockchain and cloud computing, the country’s Supreme People’s Court said in a new policy paper. The efforts include a “mobile […]

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‘Sound therapist’ in China helps voiceless learn to speak again

Zhang Yingwei said he was really happy when he saw patients can speak, sing and communicate normally with others again after receiving his treatment and training. “It is my greatest wish to help the patients without a larynx,” said the 36-year-old “sound therapist”. “Some patients without a larynx can speak and count numbers again only […]

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Sweden charges former China envoy over dissident bookseller case

STOCKHOLM – Swedish prosecutors said on Monday they had brought criminal charges against the country’s former ambassador to China over unauthorized meetings in Stockholm aimed at freeing dissident bookseller Gui Minhai. Anna Lindstedt was replaced as ambassador in February amid a furore over her alleged role in setting up the meetings with people representing the Chinese […]

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Tang Wei in tears after co-star complained about her frequent toilet trips

What was meant to be a promotional interview for their new movie, The Whistleblower, quickly turned sour after Chinese actress Tang Wei broke down in tears. Her co-star, Lie Jiayin, had complained about her going to the toilet too many times during a live interview on CCTV on Nov 20. In the lead-up to the Golden […]