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The Chinafornia Newsletter 5.24.2017 - Google's AlphaGo Defeats Chinese Go Master

Welcome to the 26th edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the
May 24 · Issue #26 · View online
Matt Sheehan's Newsletter
Welcome to the 26th edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the Golden State and the Middle Kingdom.
Yesterday I got to attend the relaunch of Sinovation Ventures Bay Area office, with speeches and panels on AI by Andrew Ng and Sinovation founder/ex-Google China head Kai-Fu Lee. Both delivered some great insights on AI development/deployment in Silicon Valley and China. 
On the AI race, Kai-Fu said US leads in fundamental research, but China doing better at deployment and commercialization. Asked where self-driving cars would be deployed first, Kai-Fu said it depended on whether the key obstacle was technology (in which case, US wins) or gov cooperation (in which case China wins). Ng seemed to agree, saying it would require public-private partnerships to really work.
Those are two folks with the deepest knowledge and most balanced judgments in evaluating Silicon Valley and Chinese tech trends.
Now, onto this week’s top reads:
The Chinafornia Newsletter is created by me, Matt Sheehan. I spent over five years in mainland China, including two as the first-ever China correspondent for The Huffington Post and The WorldPost. I’m now back in my native California where I’m consulting on market entry and communications for China-related projects, and writing a book on Chinafornia.
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Google’s AlphaGo Defeats Chinese Go Master in Win for A.I. -
Alibaba bets on do-it-yourself globalisation - FT
WeChat allows content sharing with banned Facebook, Twitter | South China Morning Post
A Tip for Apple in China: Your Hunger for Revenue May Cost You - WSJ
4 culture and globalization lessons from LeEco's successes and failures - TechNode
China’s investments in the US are setting off a clash of statistics over jobs — Quartz
Trump Trade Reboot Spurs U.S. Push by China’s Sovereign-Wealth Fund - WSJ
US Delegation to Renegotiate China Film Quota in August | China Film Insider
Disruptors: How China Has Changed Hollywood Strategy | Deadline
Energy and the Environment
California Engages World, and Fights Washington, on Climate Change - The New York Times
Company charged with illegally trading $17.5M of sea cucumbers in San Diego - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Podcast: American Universities in China — Free Speech Bastions or Threat to Academic Freedom? | Asia Society
A Chinese student praised the ‘fresh air of free speech’ at a U.S. college. Then came the backlash. - The Washington Post
Real Estate
Chinese Investors Among Majority Of EB-5 Visa Recipients : NPR
Murder case highlights property money trail from China to US - FT
Old Chinatown, New Chinatown
Asians With “Very Familiar Profiles”: How Princeton’s Admissions Officers Talk About Race
Chinese Visitor and Student Overstays in U.S. Fewer Than Global Average - Chodorow Law Offices
Beijing's new weapon in economic war: Chinese tourists | Inquirer Business
Podcast: Mondavi Brings a Touch of the Grape to China - Alizila
Jobs and Events
Product Marketing Manager, China Export Advertising Company Name Facebook
Culture Corner
Old Tune -- The Zhang Family Band, on Vimeo
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