24 Feb '12, 7am

China to set up Baidu lab in Singapore

China to set up Baidu lab in Singapore

BEIJING: China's most popular search engine Baidu is making another push into the international market. It's investing in a new lab in Singapore, to develop technologies that allow users to conduct searches in Southeast Asian languages. Baidu is now the world's leading Chinese language internet search provider. But it may soon also be accessible to users using other Asian languages such as Thai and Vietnamese as well. The Chinese firm has joined hands with Singapore's R&D agency, A*STAR, to set up a lab that aims to develop technologies allowing Internet searches in Southeast Asian languages. Wang Mengqiu, vice president of engineering, Baidu, said: "From a demand perspective, there are many internet products available in Southeast Asia that are from global brands like Google and Yahoo. "But products customised according to the unique needs of the local users are not many....

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