China’s Artificial-Intelligence Boom

Each winter, hundreds of AI researchers from around the world convene at the annual meeting of the Association of the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. Last year, a minor crisis erupted over the schedule, when AAAI announced that 2017’s meeting would take place in New Orleans in late January. The location was fine. The dates happened to conflict with Chinese New […]

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China Warns Donald Trump Not to ‘Escalate’ North Korea Situation With Erratic Tweets

China has hit back at Donald Trump’s claim that Beijing isn’t doing enough to rein in rogue state North Korea, cautioning the U.S. President-elect not to “escalate” an already tense situation on the Korean Peninsula through his liberal use of social media. On Monday evening, Trump took to Twitter to deny North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s claim that his […]

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China Lodges Complaint Over Taiwan’s Place In U.S. Defense Bill

China has lodged “stern representations” with the United States after President Barack Obama signed into law a U.S. defense policy bill that suggests a plan to conduct high-level military exchanges with self-ruled Taiwan. Part of the $618.7 billion National Defense Authorization Act “expresses the sense of Congress that (the U.S. Department of Defense) should conduct a program of senior military […]

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China warns against obstruction of Iran nuclear deal

Implementation of the Iran nuclear deal should not be “affected by any changes in the domestic situations” of countries involved, China’s foreign minister warned Monday, as US president-elect Donald Trump threatens to abandon it. The agreement, signed in Vienna in July 2015 and in force since January, was the signature diplomatic breakthrough of Barack Obama’s second term. It calls on […]

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China says it must act to deter Hong Kong separatism

Beijing must intervene in a Hong Kong political dispute to deter advocates of independence for the city, China’s top legislative panel said, calling their actions a threat to national security. The Standing Committee of China’s rubberstamp legislature, the National People’s Congress, said in a statement that Beijing could not afford to do nothing in the face of challenges in Hong […]

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China investigating North Korean bank, report says

Chinese authorities are investigating a North Korean bank suspected of financing its government’s imports of goods that might be used by the North’s nuclear weapons program, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday. Kwangson Banking Corp. was ordered closed under U.N. sanctions imposed in March in response to the North’s nuclear tests but kept operating in secret in the border city […]

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