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Tencent brings its cloud to Zhuhai

Tencent seems to have taken a shine to Zhuhai. After signing a deal with the city’s Xiangzhou district back in May to build a cloud computing base, its cloud-computing subsidiary – surprise! – recently won a public tender to provide AI-powered cloud services to the district worth RMB75 million. 

Tencent Cloud will provide full-stack public cloud services supported by AI technology, including machine learning, facial recognition, image recognition, voice recognition, natural language processing, optical character recognition and supporting infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud services. 

The company will also set up various “platforms” for local innovators and entrepreneurs to “enhance their R&D skills”. This will involve the establishment of AI colleges and labs cofounded by Tencent and local universities. 

Xiangzhou district is the political, financial and cultural center of Zhuhai, at the forefront of the city’s efforts to digitalize the local government, boost the AI industry, and create a smart city.

Tencent pays US$1.5b for NBA rights

Chinese internet and entertainment giant Tencent has paid US$1.5 billion to renew its exclusive five-year digital licensing contract with the National Basketball Association, some three times the value of their previous agreement, according to a press release by NBA.

Tencent will retain the rights to offer live NBA broadcasts, videos on demand and short video services to Chinese fans through various websites, apps and social platforms under the new deal, Tencent said today in a statement. It will also work with the NBA to create innovative advertising products and to build a fan community, it added.

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Huizhou attracts big e-commerce group

Hong Kong-listed B2B online trading group HC International will move its headquarters and more than 1,000 employees from Beijing to Huizhou’s Daya Bay, it announced. The move is expected to inject nearly RMB76.5 billion per year into the local economy, with a tax contribution of RMB730 million annually. 

Focused on a new technology park projects, HC International (2280.HK) is expecting to lower its cost base while it expands its reach into the country’s third- and fourth-tier cities. The company is of a similar nature to e-commerce giant Alibaba, in that it helps traditional businesses get online. It did RMB10 billion of turnover last year, but its stock has been underperforming as profit margins have been steadily narrowing. 

Read moreabout the move, and hereis a backgrounder on the company by a Hong Kong-based securities house.