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President China Speakers Bureau, new media advisor
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China’s schools are quietly using AI to mark students’ essays ... but do the robots make the grade? - SCMP

One in every four schools in China are quietly testing a powerful machine that uses artificial intelligence to mark pupils’ work, according to scientists involved in the government programme.

The technology is designed to understand the general logic and meaning of the text and make a reasonable, human-like judgment about the essay’s overall quality.

It then grades the work, adding recommended improvements in areas such as writing style, structure and theme.

The technology, which is being used in around 60,000 schools, is supposed to “think” more deeply and do more than a standard spellchecker.

For instance, if a paragraph starts trailing off topic, the computer would mark it down.
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Chinese bank chief found dead inside his office - SCMP

The chairman of a regional bank in China’s northern city of Tianjin has been found dead in his office after his wrists had been slit, state media has reported.

Yin Jinbao, who has only chaired Tianjin Rural Commercial Bank for less than a year, died at around 2pm on Saturday, according to Jinyun New Media. The report cited local police sources as saying the death was a suspected suicide but gave no further details.

The bank did not immediately reply to the South China Morning Post’s request for comment via email on Sunday.
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Qualcomm to meet China regulators in push to clear $44 billion NXP deal: sources - Reuters

Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) is expecting to meet this week in Beijing with China’s antitrust regulators in a final push to secure clearance for its proposed $44 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors NV (NXPI.O), three sources told Reuters.
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Tencent chairman pledges to advance China chip industry after ZTE 'wake-up' call: reports - Reuters

Tencent Holdings chairman pledged to advance China’s semiconductor industry, saying the blow to ZTE Corp from Washington’s ban on U.S. firms supplying telecommunications company was a “wake-up” call, local media reported.
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Beyond Chocolate and Castles: Belgium Tries Highly Customized Tours to Lure China Market

For small, lesser-known, long-haul destinations, marketing in China is a major challenge. Getting Chinese tourists to spend thousands of dollars, or even tens of thousands, to travel halfway around the world to a place they’ve never heard of is a hard sell to say the least. A new online travel agency (OTA), Hey! Belgium, is taking a unique approach in attempting to place Belgium on the radar of Chinese tourists through a polished customized travel portal.

While Belgium is a country with a rich history, it attracts few Chinese tourists, with less than 150,000 arriving in Belgium in 2016. Many major platforms, particularly Ctrip, are attempting to utilize customized itineraries that lie somewhere between group and independent travel to facilitate long-haul travel. What makes the new Hey! Belgium OTA’s itineraries unique is that they’re designed for only one destination, Belgium.
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China To Approve US$44B Qualcomm-NXP Deal Next Week: Report

China’s antitrust watchdog is set to approve Qualcomm’s proposed acquisition of Dutch NXP Semiconductors valued at $44 billion, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources with knowledge of the development. Beijing is the last party required to greenlight the deal that would allow Qualcomm to diversify beyond smartphone chips in a much more aggressive manner and was initially announced in late 2016. The prolonged nature of antitrust reviews the tie-up was subjected to already annoyed Qualcomm investors to the point that many of them were prepared to sell the company to Broadcom before President Trump blocked the technology industry‘s largest ever proposed takeover initially valued at $121 billion.

Beijing is said to have accelerated its review of the NXP deal earlier this month, possibly as a precursor to its trade negotiations with Washington. The report claiming its competition regulator is now prepared to greenlight the merger comes less than a day after ZTE reached an agreement with the Trump administration over returning to business and replacing the Commerce Department’s crippling seven-year denial order preventing it from purchasing American technologies with a string of concessions, including a $1.3 billion fine due to violations of U.S. trade sanctions on Iran and Korea, as well as subsequent failure to comply with the terms of a 2017 settlement meant to put an end to the matter.
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WeChat Blocks 'Sugar Dady' Dating Service in China

After a meteoric rise in popularity in China, the SeekingArrangement dating app was removed from the country’s most popular social network, WeChat.

SeekingArrangements is marketed as an app that helps “sugar daddies or mommas” and “sugar babies” connect for “mutually beneficial relationships.” The site says that for the former, “Money isn’t an issue, thus they are generous when it comes to supporting a Sugar Baby.” As for the latter: “Sugar Babies get to experience a luxurious lifestyle, and meet wealthy people on a regular basis.”
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Trump administration reaches deal to save China's ZTE - CBS

The Trump administration has told Congress that it's reached a deal allowing Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. to stay in business on Friday. A resolution of the ZTE case could clear the way for the United States to make progress in its high-stakes trade talks with China.

The White House confirmed the action to CBS News. "This is a law enforcement action being handled by Commerce," said Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters, referring to the Commerce Department. "We are making sure ZTE is held accountable for violating U.S. sanctions, pays a big price, and that we are protecting our security infrastructure and U.S. jobs."
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The giant Chinese flower market aiming to be a blooming world wonder - SCMP

Dounan has grown from an agricultural backwater into a thriving horticultural centre but there’s one thing holding it back from its global rivals

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Trump administration is telling Congress it has an agreement to save China's ZTE: Reports - CNBC

President Donald Trump's administration is telling Congress it has come to an agreement to boost Chinese telecommunications company ZTE, The New York Times and Reuters reported.

As part of the deal, ZTE would pay a financial penalty, revamp its management and hire American compliance officers, the Times reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. The U.S. would scrap a ban on the company buying American products under the agreement, the newspaper said. It is unclear how firm the reported deal is at this point.

The outline reported by the Times appears to fall in line with some steps Trump said he could take to help ZTE get back into business. On Tuesday, the president said he envisioned "a large fine of more than a billion dollars," new "management, a new board and very, very strict security rules." He added that he would want ZTE to "buy a big percentage of their parts and equipment from American companies."
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