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Chinese AI companies speed global expansion despite US hindrance

SenseTime, Megvii and other startups raise money and win overseas business

Hikvision and Dahua CCTV cameras surveil a street in Beijing. China insists U.S. obstacles will not deter its high-tech ambitions.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- China's government struck a confident note after some of its leading artificial intelligence startups were placed on the U.S. commerce department's entity list in October last year.

The so-called blacklisting barred eight mainland companies from buying components from American suppliers over their alleged involvement in human rights abuses against Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities in Xinjiang Province.

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