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Last Updated: July 7, 2016

China’s Children Are Its Secret Weapon in the Global AI Arms Race

Alex Beard
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China wants to be the world leader in artificial intelligence by 2030. To get there, it’s reinventing the way children are taught.

A Glimpse of Life along China’s Border with North Korea

Laura Mallonee
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When Elijah Hurwitz checked into the Hilton Garden Inn in Dandong, China, he knew his room would have an extraordinary view: The hotel sits near the banks of the Yalu River overlooking North Korea. Out the window, a caravan of trucks with North...

Ex-Google Executive Opens a School for AI, with China's Help

Tom Simonite
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Onetime head of Google's operations in China launches a new project to train Chinese AI talents...

China Wants to Make a Mark in Space—but It’ll Need a Little Help

Sarah Scoles
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In a China Global Television Network video from 2003, taikonaut Yang Liwei leans back in his orbital capsule, the overstuffed stripes of his spacesuit legs filling the frame. His helmet shield is up, so the viewer can gaze into his eyes as he speaks...

Behind the Fall and Rise of China's Xiaomi

David Kline
Wired
The comeback has made Xiaomi a poster child for China’s entrepreneurial dynamism.

Google Is Already Late to China’s AI Revolution

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“Some of the major Chinese companies are some of the most sophisticated deep learning and data companies in the world.”

Clean Energy Could Spark a Trade War between the U.S. and China

Nick Stockton
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In the past few years, China has surpassed the U.S. in electric vehicle sales, renewable energy capacity, and recently announced it was investing $365 billion to keep the momentum going. That investment puts China in a prime position to lead the...

The Army Gets Back in the Ship-Killing Business

Jeremy Hsu
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Since1996, the Chinese military has steadily expanded its umbrella of land-based missiles, strike aircraft, and submarines designed to overwhelm both U.S. air bases and carrier strike groups.

Step Inside China’s Hellish, Illicit Steel Factories

Laura Mallonee
Wired
Kevin Frayer's photographs of illegal Chinese steel factories look like postcards from the dawn of the Industrial Revolution ...

In ‘Communist’ China, Alibaba is Training People to Shop Online

Davey Alba
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One strategy Alibaba has for trying to stem the economic slowdown is to make sure as many of China’s 1.3 billion people as possible can shop online.

The Unreal, Eerie Emptiness of China’s Ghost Cities

Laura Mallonee
Wired
Kangbashi is one of hundreds of sparkling new cities sitting relatively empty throughout China, built by a government eager to urbanize the country.

The Chinese Ride-Hailing Startup That’s Out-Ubering Uber

Davey Alba
Wired
Didi Kuaidi is taking on Uber for the title of largest ride-hailing company in the world’s largest country--or, Uber appears to be trying to unseat the homegrown favorite.

Techies Are Trying to Get Chinese Consumers to Rack Up Debt

Issie Lapowsky
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In recent years, as the growth of the Chinese economy has slowed—thanks to declining demand for exports and new real estate projects—the government has been desperate to get its thrifty citizens to spend, spend, spend and drive economic growth from...

The Netflix of China Is Invading the US With Smartphones

Cade Metz
Wired
LeTV launched its Internet video streaming service three years before Netflix (2004 versus 2007). 

No, Facebook Can’t Conquer China With Free Trade

Ryan Tate
Wired
Mark Zuckerberg’s social network has now been legalized inside a forthcoming free-trade zone within Shanghai, but the beachhead will likely remain just that, as it’s unlikely Facebook will be able to penetrate other regions or...