China’s Xinhua agency unveils AI news presenter – BBC News

China’s state news agency has unveiled a virtual newsreader sporting a sharp suit and a somewhat robotic voice.

Xinhua News claims the presenter “can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor”, though not everyone may agree.

“Hello, you are watching English news programme,” says the English-speaking presenter at the start of his first report.

Sogou, a Chinese search engine, was involved in the system’s development.

“I will work tirelessly to keep you informed as texts will be typed into my system uninterrupted,” says the presenter in an introductory video.

Source: China’s Xinhua agency unveils AI news presenter – BBC News

Trump raises hopes of China trade deal – BBC News

US President Donald Trump has said he thinks the US could strike a trade deal with China, raising hopes that tensions between the two countries may subside.

“I think a deal will be made,” Mr Trump said. “We’ll find out very soon.”

Mr Trump has made similar remarks in the past.

But this time the comments came after China put forward a new list of issues for negotiation ahead of the G20 summit, which the US President described as a “pretty complete list”.

However, he said that several key items were lacking, meaning that the list was still “not acceptable to me yet”.

Source: Trump raises hopes of China trade deal – BBC News

Video shows bus plunging off bridge into river after passenger, driver fight

BEIJING — Police say a brawl between a passenger and a bus driver led to the bus plunging off a bridge in southwestern China Sunday, killing 13 people on board and leaving two missing. The local government in Chongqing released a brief video Friday showing it all unfold.

Accident in southwestern China left 13 dead, 2 missing and the bus some 262 feet deep in Yangtze River

Source: Video shows bus plunging off bridge into river after passenger, driver fight

Shanghai Composite: surges on hopes of market support – BBC News

One of China’s leading stock indexes has seen its highest daily spike in more than two years following signs that the government will step in to support battered equity markets.

The Shanghai Composite closed up 4.1%, its biggest one-day rise since March 2016.

The moves extend a rally that began on Friday and after investor confidence surged on assurances from Beijing.

Stocks had been falling as China’s economic growth continued to stutter.

Source: Shanghai Composite: surges on hopes of market support – BBC News