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Trump's Latest China Target Includes a Rising Star in AI

  • Alibaba-backed facial recognition firm may get on a blacklist
  • Potential ban underscores the U.S. fear of China’s AI rise
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an event in Washington on May 23, 2019. 

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an event in Washington on May 23, 2019. 

Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg

U.S. President Donald Trump’s initial swing at China Inc. went after the nation’s technology titan, Huawei Technologies Co. The next broadside is heading for one of China’s emerging stars.

The Trump Administration is considering adding five more Chinese companies to a list of banned entities, the latest escalation in a trade-war tactic to cut off Beijing from vital U.S. components and technology. One name on the potential blacklist is Megvii, a facial-recognition specialist that’s been linked to China’s growing use of surveillance to monitor its citizens.