Singapore calls for more global partners, including Chinese firms, in AI march

Minister-in-charge of Singapore's Smart Nation Initiative Vivian Balakrishnan speaking at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2019 in Barcelona.
Minister-in-charge of Singapore's Smart Nation Initiative Vivian Balakrishnan speaking at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2019 in Barcelona.ST PHOTO: IRENE THAM

BARCELONA, SPAIN - Singapore will continue to work with all players, including Chinese firms, to roll out artificial intelligence (AI) technologies needed for a smart city, even while the United States continues to cut business ties with Chinese AI firms because of their countries' ongoing trade spat.

"That's how we will operate: keep it open," Minister-in-charge of Singapore's Smart Nation Initiative Vivian Balakrishnan told The Straits Times on Tuesday (Nov 19), on the sidelines of the three-day Smart City Expo World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, where he pitched to a global audience Singapore's appeal as a hub for testing and rolling out AI solutions.

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