U.S., China to hold first AI talks within ‘weeks’ amid ongoing TikTok stalemate

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U.S., China to hold first AI talks within ‘weeks’ amid ongoing TikTok stalemate

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken waves as he prepares to depart Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport en route to Beijing, on April 25, 2024. 

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The U.S. and China will hold their first high-level talks on artificial intelligence within the “coming weeks,” U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Friday, providing no update over the future of Chinese social media giant TikTok.

During wide-ranging talks with Chinese officials in Beijing, Blinken said the two sides had agreed to the first U.S.-China intergovernmental dialogue on AI to discuss the risks and safety concerns surrounding the emerging technology.

“Earlier today we agreed to hold the first US PRC talks on artificial intelligence to be held in the coming weeks, to share our respective views on risks and safety concerns around advanced AI and how best to manage them,” Blinken said during a press conference.

The U.S. imposed restrictions on Beijing’s ability to access high-end tech and is moving close to banning social media app TikTok, unless its Chinese parent ByteDance sells it.

Speaking at a press conference, Blinken said that TikTok “did not come up” in the talks.

China’s foreign ministry confirmed the AI talks will take place in a statement, which detailed a wider five-point agreement between Washington and Beijing.

Also included in the consensus were further efforts to “stabilize and develop” U.S.-China relations, expand cultural exchanges and continue consultations on “international and regional hotspot issues,” the foreign ministry said, according to a Google translation.

Blinken said that China had a constructive role to play in helping to resolve global crises, including discouraging Iran and its proxies from further escalating the Middle East conflict, as well as curtailing Russia’s assault on Ukraine.

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