China's AI event World Intelligence Expo draws few foreign firms to Tianjin amid global rift

The World Intelligence Expo, a four-day trade show held in Tianjin, aims to promote integration. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and industrial equipment, has seen limited participation by foreign brands this year, reminiscent of other technology trade shows in China amid a recent deepening divide with Western countries.
The event, which ended on Sunday, was hosted by China's Tianjin and Chongqing governments and was attended by 49 countries and regions. Although most of the booths featured Chinese state-owned firms such as China Electronics and China Mobile, as well as local tech companies such as Huawei Technologies and iFlyTek.
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The event featured few foreign firms, and the speaker list was dominated by Chinese tech executives, The Post observed during a visit on Saturday. About 20 foreign firms, or 4 percent of the 550 exhibitors, had booths at the Tianjin Expo, most of which were clustered in one corner of the eight exhibit sections, where foot traffic was light.

However, Chinese exhibitors spread across the main floor, showing off their latest electric vehicles, robots and large language models, the technology behind chatbots. OpenAI's Chat GPT.
The limited participation of Western firms in another major industrial program in China underscores Washington's push for technological decoupling. A similar trend has been observed in other tech-focused events. gave World Semiconductor Conference this month Attracted more than 200 exhibitors, down from 300 last year, with a few foreign participants.

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to the World Intelligence Expo, calling for more global cooperation in AI development. However, the US is stepping up efforts to block China's access to advanced chips and AI technologies.

The US Treasury Department on Friday released draft rules to block investment in China's chip, AI and quantum computing sectors on national security grounds. Under these rules, investments by U.S. entities in these areas would require government approval.

At the Tianjin Infrastructure Investment Group's booth, a slide deck rotating on a TV screen acknowledged the hurdles Chinese companies face in trying to make advanced chips, ranging from advanced lithography machines, precision materials and other parts of the chip. Lack of access was noted. – The process of making.

“The AI ‚Äč‚Äčindustry is massive cluster computing between graphics processing units and optical modules,” reads one slide. “But the development of our electronic chips is challenged by a chokehold on our access to advanced manufacturing processes.”

He added that the infrastructure investment group is investing in optical chips technology to overcome these bottlenecks.

Some foreign business delegates at the show were still looking for business opportunities. “China is a huge market that cannot be ignored,” said Hysun Yoon, an executive at South Korea's leading developer SOSLab.

“We're here because the China market is much bigger than many other markets,” Yun said.

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