Wed. Oct 4th, 2023
    China and EU Hold Talks on AI and Cross-Border Data Flows

    China and the European Union recently held talks in Beijing to discuss important topics such as artificial intelligence (AI) and cross-border data flows. The discussions were part of the EU-China High-level Digital Dialogue, which marked the first dialogue of its kind in three years.

    The talks come at a time of heightened tensions between China and the EU due to an EU investigation into China’s electric vehicle (EV) subsidies. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has announced a probe into whether punitive tariffs should be imposed on Chinese EVs to protect EU producers. China has criticized the investigation as a “protectionist act” that could harm economic relations.

    During the talks, both sides addressed key issues including platforms and data regulation, AI, and cross-border flow of industrial data. The European Commission expressed concerns about the challenges faced by EU companies in China regarding the use of their industrial data as a result of recent legislation. However, the statement did not specify the legislation in question.

    China’s Vice Premier Zhang Guoqing emphasized that China welcomes companies from around the world, including Europe, to participate in the development opportunities of its digital economy. Both sides agreed to promote an open, fair, and non-discriminatory environment for the digital economy’s growth. Other topics discussed include research and innovation, information and communication technology, and the safety of products sold online.

    These talks signify an ongoing effort by China and the EU to address important digital and economic issues. As the digital economy continues to evolve, collaboration and communication between global partners are crucial for mutually beneficial outcomes.

    – Artificial intelligence (AI): The simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems, to perform tasks such as visual perception, speech recognition, and decision-making.
    – Cross-border data flows: The transfer of digital information and data across national borders.