TensorFlow is getting its own official WeChat account, Google announced at a developers’ conference today in Shanghai, our sister paper reported. TensorFlow is an open source library for dataflow programming and machine learning, such as neural networks. This move is the latest sign of Google feeling for ways back into China.

Why is a WeChat account significant enough to report on? It is a highly visible sign that Google is trying to get back into China but in a different way. No longer trying to offer a search engine here, it is instead aiming to have a presence in China’s fast-growing AI industry. TensorFlow makes developing AI applications easier for developers. Google has been attempting to use this open source tool attract Chinese developers into its fold.

Google has also been hiring for an AI lab that is expected to open soon in Beijing. It recently launched an official TensorFlow website for China and said at the WeChat account unveiling:

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Frank Hersey is a Beijing-based tech reporter who's been coming to China since 2001. He tries to go beyond the headlines to explain the context and impact of developments in China's tech sector. Get in...