Pudong New Area plays pivotal part amid global technology split

A solar-powered automatic drone charger is seen in the Zhangjiang artificial intelligence (AI) island in Shanghai on Tuesday. The Zhangjiang AI island, covering 100,000 square meters, is expected to be a cluster of AI companies, projects and talent with Microsoft and IBM as the two major participants, media reports said. The island will focus on high-technology sectors like big data, cloud computing and blockchain. Photo: IC

Shanghai’s Pudong New Area, the wealthiest district in China with a per capita GDP of $33,200, higher than that of South Korea, is well on course to lead the nation’s high-tech push, especially in artificial intelligence (AI), with the developer and operator of a smart AI facility revealing plans on Tuesday to generate taxes of 10 billion yuan ($1.47 billion) per annum by 2025.

The local AI ambition, as part of a national effort to win the global AI race, is considered of pivotal

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