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Good morning, Apologies for the irratic Asia AI News schedule during the past few days. My computer
 
November 18 · Issue #125 · View online
Asia AI News
Good morning,
Apologies for the irratic Asia AI News schedule during the past few days. My computer issues last week took their toll in more ways than one!
Here’s a round up of the weekend’s Asia AI news. There’s some funding news, policy news and a great story about training company Clone Futura planning AI bootcamps for 1,300 students in Mumbai.
Top of mind for many, is how the China-US trade deal negotiations are going and there is still a wide range of opinion and comment on what the status is: although less actual information.
It’s obvious that the negotiations are taking longer than both sides thought, since the original plan was for the two presidents to sign the Phase One deal at the APEC summit in Chile, which was originally supposed to take place over the weekend. China and US negotiators had a call on Saturday, but neither side has given much away as to what, if anything, was agreed.
Meanwhile, there is speculation that New York Times coverage of leaked Chinese government reports on the handling of the Xinjiang region may scupper the whole deal.
Also, some sad news for the tech industry and Asian startups as RISE, due to take place in Hong Kong in March 2020, is postponed for a year by the organisers, in response to continued street protests. Scroll to the end of the newsletter for that story.
Have a great week!
/Carrington

Startup News
SG’s Silent Eight bags $6.2 million in Series A led by Wavemaker Partners
FanAI closes $8 million Series A investment led by Japanese trading house Marubeni
AI Policy
China throws its weight behind A.I. and blockchain as it aims to be the world's tech leader
Singapore wants widespread AI use in smart nation drive
BNY Mellon joins Singapore's ethical AI alliance
India is in the middle of technology disruption: NITI Aayog chief
The Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry signs with data scientists for AI roadmap
IP Rights
Huawei tops list of AI intellectual property owners in China
Facial Recognition
All immigration checkpoints to have fingerprint and face scans by 2025 as part of Singapore's AI push
Education
Clone Futura AI boot camp attracts 1,300 children in Mumbai
R&D
Sony to open AI research labs in India
New AI lab to be established in Thailand
Censorship
New AI tool helps evade Internet censorship in India, China
Defence
Indian Army to deploy armed robots to fight stone pelters, terrorists In Kashmir
US-China Trade War
Did the NYT inadvertently blow up the China phase 1 trade deal? Did the NYT inadvertently blow up the China phase 1 trade deal?
China and US had 'constructive discussions' about phase-one trade deal, state media says
Opinion: Kevin Rudd explains why he thinks the two economic superpowers will make a trade-war deal, even an imperfect one, after staring into the abyss of all-out disengagement
Why is the United States concerned about Israel–China technology cooperation?
Speakers from blacklisted Chinese tech firm no longer attending UBC conference
Chinese watchdog opens probe on Hikvision’s vice-chairman in fresh blow after US trade blacklist
China’s focus on AI advancement could unseat US leadership: committee
Events
Web Summit cancels next year’s Rise conference over tension in Hong Kong
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