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China puts AI at center of 'smart military' revamp: Japan report

Shortage of trained talent risks hindering shift to intelligent warfare

A GJ-11 stealth drone is exhibited at this year's Airshow China in Zhuhai.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- China is reshaping its military to more effectively incorporate artificial intelligence, drones and other advanced technology, according to an annual report by a Japanese Defense Ministry think tank released Friday.

The "China Security Report" released by the National Institute for Defense Studies highlighted research aimed at the "intelligentization" of the People's Liberation Army. It pointed to the accelerating development of military applications for such technologies as AI, big data and cloud computing.

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