Robot monks in Longquan monastery, Zhen Robotics delivery bots, the AI-powered Baidu Park in Beijing, are examples of how far China has come technologically. Its tech rivalry with America is at the heart of the US-China trade war that has embroiled companies like Huawei.
China today boasts not one, but four Silicon Valleys. They include Zhongguanchun – where there’s a cafe inspired by garage-born companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Dell – and Shenzhen – once known as a hub for cheap counterfeit gadgets.
Attracted by this ecosystem, many tech talents are returning to China. But experts like Wang Huiyao, of the Centre of China and Globalisation, are saying that China needs to attract more foreign talent as well for diversity.
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