This photo taken on 22 March 2024 shows semiconductor products of Maxone semiconductor company displayed during the SEMICON China semiconductor exhibition in Shanghai. "Support Chinese chips, join the enterprise of the century" read an upbeat slogan at a recent semiconductor industry fair in Shanghai. (Rebecca Bailey/AFP)

'New quality productive forces' to revamp economy: Can China succeed?

In analysing Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Yin Hejun's article on "new quality productive forces", academic Erik Baark notes that the word "quality" between the phrases "new productive forces" and "new quality productive forces" may make all the difference in China's efforts to boost science and technology for high-quality development.
An AI-generated Coco Lee. (Screen grab from video)

The legal and ethical considerations of 'resurrecting' the dead with AI

Recent AI-generated videos of deceased celebrities have sparked heated debate on whether it is ethical or legal to use the likeness of famed personalities in such videos. Lianhe Zaobao’s China Desk looks into the recent trend of “resurrecting” the dead and the implications.
People look at the new iPhone 15 Pro as Apple's new iPhone 15 officially goes on sale across China at an Apple store in Shanghai, China, 22 September 2023. (Aly Song/Reuters)

Apple's bid to pull off a rebound in the Chinese market

Chinese consumer interest in Apple iPhones is waning as competitors eat away at its market share. Analysts also believe that the lack of innovation in the new releases has led to declining sales. Meanwhile, Chinese manufacturers remain an important part of the production of Apple products, with no viable replacement in sight. Lianhe Zaobao journalist Daryl Lim speaks with experts and academics to find out more about Apple’s place in China.
Figurines with computers and smartphones are seen in front of the words "Artificial Intelligence AI" in this illustration taken 19 February 2024. (Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Reuters)

China looks to Southeast Asia for AI edge

Amid ongoing US-China AI rivalry, China recognises the importance of global partnerships and has shifted its focus towards Southeast Asian countries, say academics Shaleen Khanal and Zhang Hongzhou.
Attendees at the Semicon China expo in Shanghai, China, on 20 March 2024. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)

China’s AI race is not about expanding users

Technology expert Yin Ruizhi notes that unlike traditional network-based technology, OpenAI-style AI is not as reliant on networks. Thus, compared with the US, China’s development of AI focuses more on technology rather than expanding user base.
This illustration photograph taken on 30 October 2023, shows the logo of ChatGPT, a language model-based chatbot developed by OpenAI, on a smartphone. (Sebastien Bozon/AFP)

Will AI reshape the translation industry? Insights from a seasoned educator

Translation studies professor Xiao Weiqing says that large language models will raise the bar for translation, squeezing the survival space for junior and intermediate-level translators and potentially edging them out of the industry. But all is not lost.
A scene from Poems of Timeless Acclaim. (Screen grab from CCTV)

[Video] China’s first AI-generated animated series

Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionising China's animation industry by cutting production times and generating culturally distinct content. The first episode of Qianqiu Shisong (《千秋诗颂》), China’s first AI-generated animated series, was aired on Chinese state television on 26 February 2024. The series was produced with the help of CMG Media GPT, a generative AI model co-developed by Shanghai Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and state broadcaster China Media Group.
This photo taken on 2 February 2024 shows the head of Product Management and Operations of Wantalk, an artificial intelligence chatbot created by Chinese tech company Baidu, scrolling through virtual character profiles on her phone, at the Baidu headquarters in Beijing, China. (Jade Gao/AFP)

With Sora, is China’s AI falling further behind?

Technology expert Yin Ruizhi takes us through the latest development in generative AI technology: Sora, OpenAI’s new video creation software. How will this change the landscape, and how far will China fall behind in the AI race?
A shot of the Tianlong-2 rocket launched by Space Pioneer in April 2023. (Photo provided by Space Pioneer)

[Big read] Can China have its own SpaceX?

Amid China-US competition, one area of interest is the commercial aerospace industry, where China is preparing to develop its own capabilities. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Wong Siew Fong explores the issue.