US chipmaker giant Intel will step up its activities in China through partnerships and investment particularly in the realm of artificial intelligence, executives of the company said Wednesday. The move comes as competition in the sector heats up with more players’ elbowing to be part of China’s ambitious AI vision.

“We see our cooperation with others as supplementary collaboration, instead of pure competition,” said Ian Yang, president of Intel China. “In terms of massive potential use cases in China, we are in talks with some local companies for business cooperation, and even early investment [for AI projects],” he added without elaborating.

Yang and other Intel executives spoke to media during the company’s first developers’ conference for China, which runs through November 15 in Beijing.

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Runhua Zhao is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Connect with her via email: runhuazhao@technode.com