Fengyi Zhang

Fengyi Zhang

Bachelor of Laws student, Guangzhou University

Fengyi Zhang is a Bachelor of Laws student of Guangzhou University and a research assistant of Guangzhou University's AI and Law Project.

An AI (artificial intelligence) sign is seen at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai, China, on 6 July 2023. (Aly Song/Reuters)

China's ambiguous attitude towards generative AI

China put forth a draft Degree Law recently that includes harsh consequences for degree holders who use artificial intelligence tools to ghostwrite their dissertations. These aggressive measures reflect a conundrum that the country’s academia and wider community finds themselves in: how can China balance between the desire for technological progress and the fear of losing its identity and autonomy?