C-Bridge Capital, a Shanghai-based private equity firm focused on China’s healthcare sector, has closed its second healthcare fund, C-Bridge Healthcare Fund II, at a US$400 million hard cap.
Chinese private equity firm Hony Capital and Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. have agreed to inject US$500 million into an investment vehicle to operate WeWork Cos.’s China unit and fuel the American co-working giant’s expansion throughout China.
There have been a lot of discussions on China’s rising prowess in artificial intelligence, on how the Chinese are catching up or even surpassing the U.S. in leading the world’s most important future technology trend. The concerns are so real that the U.S. government is reportedly looking to strengthen scrutiny of Chinese investments in American AI companies.
China and the United States are both artificial intelligence superpowers. But China may soon be the clear leader, at least in terms of AI patents filed. The U.S. currently has more, with 35,508 AI patents, versus 34,345 for China. But as Chinese companies and scientists are filing AI patents at a faster pace, the nation is likely to hold more AI patents than the U.S. by year end, according to a report by Sequoia Capital China and Zhen Fund.
Mainland China recorded robust venture capital activity in the third quarter, with the country taking half of the world’s ten largest venture capital deals during the period. Artificial intelligence (AI) was a leading sector for deal making, according to KPMG’s quarterly global report on venture capital trends.
Chinese state-media has responded angrily to U.S. President Donald Trump’s reported plan to build a secure nationwide 5G network to counter Chinese spying, accusing the White House of using Cold War rhetoric for trade protectionism and saying that the U.S. was more likely to engage in industrial espionage than China.