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In China, the fight for AI supremacy starts with the young

Beijing vows to support industry's development as it takes on US in tech

A man checks out technology on display at the Security China 2018 exhibition in Beijing in October that year. The Chinese government sees artificial intelligence as key in its battle with the U.S. for tech supremacy.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- Elementary and middle school students confidently tap at computers in the office of Chinese game and e-commerce giant NetEase in Hangzhou, southwest of Shanghai. Today they’re busy making video games.

The children are in a five-day training camp where they learn about artificial intelligence. The company began holding the 5,000 yuan ($740) study sessions during school holidays a few years ago. This one was fully booked soon after the company started taking applications.

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