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  1. Chinese autonomous driving start-up WeRide said on Wednesday that it aims to expand its services in the central areas of cities, as the sector eyes commercialisation. “All we have achieved is aimed at covering urban centre areas one day,” said Tony Han, WeRide’s chief executive. The company will initially target Guangzhou, but its services were currently stretched thin because of a limited number of vehicles. “We are working to add more autonomous vehicles to our fleet, and hope this soon…
  2. China’s health care industry, the second-largest in the world with US$3.5 trillion spent in 2018, is attracting global telemedicine investors and service providers as the government gives technology a role to improve the allocation of vital medical resources.Companies like Medix Global, which provides second opinions, necessary tests and monitors recovery – known as medical case management – for individual customers, are seizing the opportunity left unattended by AliHealth, WeDoctor and other…
  3. The United States is leading rivals in development and use of artificial intelligence while China is rising quickly and the European Union is lagging, a research report showed on Monday.The study by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation assessed AI using 30 separate metrics including human talent, research activity, commercial development and investment in hardware and software.The US leads, with an overall score of 44.6 points on a 100-point scale, followed by China with 32 and…
  4. China more than doubled its construction of new wind and solar power plants in 2020 from a year earlier, government data showed, reflecting Beijing’s pledge to cut fossil fuel dependence and bring carbon emissions to a peak within a decade.China, the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, added 71.67 gigawatts (GW) of wind power capacity last year, the most ever and nearly triple 2019’s levels, according to data released by the National Energy Administration (NEA) late Wednesday.China’s 2020…
  5. The city of Beijing will develop new “trillion yuan” hi-tech manufacturing clusters and strengthen its capabilities in areas such as artificial intelligence and quantum communication research, according to its new five-year action plan to be a global science and technology hub.The Chinese capital wants to attract more global talent by offering better work conditions, and opening up its research facilities to international scientists to boost China’s influence in global science and technology…
  6. China’s production of integrated circuits and industrial robots surged in 2020, as the country boosted its output of hi-tech products amid tighter US restrictions, according to official industrial statistics. A similar growth rate in imported chips, however, suggests China remains far from its goal of self-sufficiency in the critical technology.The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released new data on Monday that showed the US blacklisting of Chinese tech champions like Semiconductor…
  7. China’s leading search engine, Baidu, has entered the fray to take on Tesla and a clutch of domestic smart electric car makers through a new partnership with vehicle manufacturer Geely. Baidu, which already runs one of the world’s largest open autonomous-driving platforms, plans to use Geely’s production facilities and development capabilities to reinforce its foray into car manufacturing, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter. Shares of Geely Automobile shot up by a fifth in…
  8. China is planning to realign hundreds of “state key laboratories” with the country’s technology priorities and articulate a 10-year programme to boost spending on fundamental science research, as Beijing rolls up its sleeves in competing for tech dominance against the United States.At the national technology working conference on Tuesday, the Ministry of Science and Technology said China will carry out a systemic restructuring of the country’s national key labs and release a 10-year plan to…
  9. China’s health care sector can expect a brighter outlook as services resume their growth trajectory after the government tackled the Covid-19 pandemic to strengthen economic expansion, analysts said.While vaccine deployment is certain to hog the limelight, Citigroup said internet platform operators can profit from ongoing policy reforms to spur greater adoption of online services and reduce hospital trips. Pressure on drug prices is a key challenge to market players, China Renaissance…
  10. What is the C919? The C919 is a narrow-body jet being built by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac), a state-owned company based in Shanghai, to compete with Boeing’s 737 and Airbus’ A320. How is the C919 being developed? The Chinese government formed Comac in 2008 to design and build the single-aisle C919. However, most of the parts are imported from foreign manufacturers, including the engine, avionics, control systems, communications and landing gear. According to a…