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MinDu Tech raises $14m; 'US still beating China in AI', says WH tech guy

Here's a very mixed bag of news in today's email. Some funding news, some policy news and the launch
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Here’s a very mixed bag of news in today’s email. Some funding news, some policy news and the launch of Singapore Management Universities Smart Cities business plan competition.
Aside from the $70 billion dollar progress report on SoftBank Group’s Vision 2 Fund, the biggest AI funding news of yesterday was Chinese intelligent manufacturing services company MingDu Tech raising $14 million. Makes sense- pharma + AI + robotics - gotta be something in there!
Meanwhile, in a demonstration of just how hungry media are for news of the China v. U.S. AI race, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy told a House Appropriations Committee subpanel that the US was still ahead of the AI game: and now that’s news!
Strangely, it seems that the more anti-China Washington gets, the more enthusiastic US tech firms are to tie up big deals with Chinese counterparts. This week Salesforce,com announced a partnership with Alibaba to bring its services to the Greater China region.

Startup News
Pharma intelligent manufacturing services provider MingDu raises $14m Series A round
Healthtech firm Naluri bags $1.5m in pre-Series A round
Singapore startup Tuzo wants to help retailers hyper-personalise stores
LogixGRID allows voice control of logistics
Taiwan Startups Build on Hardware Heritage with AI Focus
SMU announces S$1 million Smart Cities business plan competition
Future Innovation Network Summit Forum
US-China Trade War
White House tech chief: U.S. is still beating China In AI
EU urges alliance with US to counter Chinese tech dominance
China AI Policy
Xi presides over 9th meeting of central committee for deepening overall reform
Corporate Moves
Salesforce and Alibaba in tie-up to bring business cloud solutions to Greater China region
Hyundai Motor to launch AI center in Silicon Valley this year
Toyota readies robots for an Olympic bow
AI Jobs
A look at AI in Singapore’s workforce
Malaysian job seekers head to Singapore in bid for tech jobs
SoftBank Group
SoftBank gathers more than $100bn for Vision Fund sequel
Digital Readiness
Is Singapore ready for the rise of robots and automation?
Facial recognition push at India airports raises privacy concerns
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