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US tech titans drawn to China's AI siren song despite censorship

Google and Facebook renew push to access world's largest data trove

Google and Facebook are grabbing opportunities to expand in China, forming hubs in areas such as artificial intelligence.   © Reuters

BEIJING/PALO ALTO, U.S. -- American tech powerhouses are expanding in the hot spot for artificial intelligence that is China despite a barrage of criticism, seeking to tap into the data generated by the country's nearly 800 million internet users.

For China, the interest from the likes of Google and Facebook provides an opportunity to not only absorb cutting-edge technology, but also potentially drive a wedge between corporate America and a Trump administration that is behind the escalating trade war.

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