China approves AI chatbot releases but will it unleash innovation? – Nikkei Asia

Tencent expected to reveal its Hunyuan large language model on Thursday
HONG KONG — The race to deliver China’s answer to ChatGPT is entering its next stage: the application war. But regulatory constraints and other structural hurdles threaten to hold back progress even as technology players in the West surge ahead.
In the past week, several big tech companies, including ByteDance, Baidu and the U.S.-sanctioned facial recognition firm SenseTime, launched their own chatbots to the public after winning approval from the authorities.
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