1 big thing: Racing for AI rules

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For over a year, China has moved to lead the creation of the first global norms for AI. Now, the U.S. is developing its own AI standards, as the two rivals compete to shape a technology that could define the future balance of authoritarian and democratic power, Kaveh reports. What's happening: China's ambitions are a dimension of its all-hands push to lead the world in frontier technologies -- especially AI -- by the end of the next decade. Having been relegated to the sidelines in the last big cycle of standard-setting at the birth of the internet, Beijing is laser-focused on dominating this new round. As AI moves increasingly into actual commercial use, the leading nations are positioning themselves to standardize the field to their own advantage.


China Moves to Ease Foreign Concerns on Cybersecurity Controls

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

China is taking a more inclusive tack in imposing cybersecurity standards on foreign technology companies, allowing them to join a key government committee in an effort to ease foreign concerns over planned domestically-set controls. The committee under the government's powerful cyberspace administration is in charge of defining cybersecurity standards. For the first time, the body earlier this year allowed select foreign companies-- Microsoft Corp. MSFT 0.42 %, Intel Corp. INTC -0.09 %, Cisco Systems Inc. CSCO 0.55 % and International Business Machines Corp.--to participate as working group members, letting them actively take part in drafting rules, rather than as observers, said people familiar with the discussions. How much influence the foreign firms will have over committee deliberations remains to be seen, these people said.


China's trading partners alarmed by food import controls

Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) โ€” China's trading partners are bringing the top U.N. food standards official to Beijing in a last-ditch attempt to persuade regulators to scale back plans to require intensive inspections of food imports โ€” including such low-risk items as wine and chocolate โ€” that Washington and Europe say could disrupt billions of dollars in commerce.


The deafening silence on China's human rights abuses

Al Jazeera

Where is China headed in 2018? President Xi Jinping promised "world peace" for the new year - but his 2017 track record suggests otherwise. Remember the singular stain of the July death of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, surrounded by state security? Many condemned China's conduct, but such interventions are fewer and further between these days. Increasingly, abusive Chinese authorities are garnering international support for their principles and policies.


Will Trump's tariffs push the EU and China closer together?

Al Jazeera

Last week, leaders from the European Union (EU) met their Chinese counterparts in a key 2-day summit in Beijing and pledged to deepen the bloc's relationship with China against the backdrop of increasing uncertainty in their relationship with the United States. The Beijing summit took place as US President Donald Trump held a controversial joint press conference with Russia's Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. The summit also followed a tense NATO meeting last week, where Trump appeared content to elevate his chastisement of Washington's most trusted allies and security partners - most of them in Europe. In addition to all this, the Trans-Atlantic relationship has been further frayed with a toxic battle over trade - with the Trump administration imposing heavy tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from the EU (in addition to those from other allies, including Canada and Japan). China is also feeling the bite from Washington's protectionist approach, with the Trump administration levying a 25 percent tariff on $34bn of Chinese goods and also listing an additional $200bn that may be subjected to a 10 percent tariff.