China’s Xi promises changes to promote tech center Shenzhen

BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping promised Wednesday new steps to back development of China’s biggest tech center, Shenzhen, amid a feud with Washington that has disrupted access to U.S. technology and is fueling ambitions to create Chinese providers.



In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, and other leaders applaud during an event to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdogn Province, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Xi promised Wednesday new steps to back development of China's biggest tech center, Shenzhen, amid a feud with Washington that has disrupted access to U.S. technology and is fueling ambitions to create Chinese providers. (Zhang Ling/Xinhua via AP)


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In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, and other leaders applaud during an event to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone in Shenzhen in southern China’s Guangdogn Province, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Xi promised Wednesday new steps to back development of China’s biggest tech center, Shenzhen, amid a feud with Washington that has disrupted access to U.S. technology and is fueling ambitions to create Chinese providers. (Zhang Ling/Xinhua via AP)

Xi made the remarks in a speech marking the 40th anniversary of the former fishing village adjacent to Hong Kong being declared

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Just after coming off two major industry announcements – the introduction of the highest performing consumer graphic cards and the proposed acquisition of Arm – Nvidia launched its largest virtual Graphics Technology Conference (GTC) on October 5, 2020. Unlike the spring 2020 GTC, which was changed to a virtual conference at the last moment due to COVID-19, this one resembled a more traditional GTC with the kickoff by CEO Jenson Huang revealing a flurry of product and technology announcements. Dressed in his trademark leather jacket and standing in the middle of his kitchen (again), Mr. Huang provided a glimpse into Nvidia’s new solutions for the data center, edge AI, healthcare, and a new suite of collaborative tools.

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