CES 2018, stage for China's dominance?

CES 2018은 중국의 무대?

One out of three exhibitors at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show hails from China.
A trend that clearly underscores Beijing's transformation from a manufacturer of low-value goods... to technology-related products.
Won Jung-hwan takes a closer look.
Chinese tech companies, seeking to challenge the dominance of U.S. firms like Amazon and Tesla, have flooded this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, accounting for more than a quarter of the exibitors.
The show's organizer, the Consumer Technology Association, says around one third of the show's 45-hundred exhibitors are Chinese.

According to a professor who's currently attending the 4-day event, which runs through this Friday, the world's biggest consumer electronics and IT trade show is gradually becoming a platform for China to showcase its vision.


"Every year, the power of China in these industries is getting bigger. Among the many Chinese companies here this year, the spotlight was on Huawei and Baidu, in particular. Baidu, for example, showcased its own artificial intelligence technology called 'Apollo.'"

China's biggest tech companies have ambitions in the automotive industry, too.
Baidu is using its Apollo 2-point-0, to work on tech for self-driving cars.
In addition to automobiles, AI-loaded robots were also prominent. Nearly half of the robot-related booths were from China.

The rise of AI technology extends to start-up businesses, too, which represent the future of China's tech industry. Unfamiliar names from China such as Byton, an electric car start-up, got a lot of attention.
On Sunday, Byton unveiled an electric car that with one charge is enough for a week of urban commuting.

Chinese startups are succeeding in getting a lot of attention publicly, and in that regard, Korean firms still lag behind.


"This year, Korean start-ups did participate in the CES. Overall, some received awards for innovation, but some of them didn't get much attention. I think that it will be very important for our start-up companies to show their products more often at global exhibitions like CES or NWC."

Participating in the CES could help local companies stand out from their global competitors, and in turn help them get funding, particularly at a time when investors are becoming more cautious.
Won Jung-hwan, Arirang News.

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