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Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said to arrive in Shanghai on Tuesday

Nvidia founder and chief executive Jensen Huang Jen-hsun may arrive in Shanghai next Tuesday, according to state-backed newspaper Shanghai Securities News.

A visit to the eastern Chinese metropolis would be part of his reported trip to China, the first one in four years, despite escalating tensions between Washington and Beijing over semiconductors and other advanced technologies.

Nvidia declined to comment on the visit on Friday.

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Huang, 60, planned to visit China this month, where he may meet executives from Tencent Holdings, TikTok owner ByteDance, smartphone giant Xiaomi, and automobile makers BYD and Li Auto, although Huang told reporters in Taiwan on Thursday that he "hasn't decided yet" if he will go, Bloomberg News reported on Friday.

A Xiaomi spokesman declined to comment. The other companies Huang was supposed to visit did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Taiwan-born American entrepreneur has been spending this week in Taiwan, where he had dinner with Morris Chang, founder of the world's largest chip foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, and his wife. Huang is set to meet the chairman of electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn Technology Group on Friday, he said on Thursday.

Speaking on Tuesday at the Computex expo in Taipei, Huang said that China's ability to catch up in chip technology should not be underrated, as the country is pouring massive resources into shoring up the sector amid tighter export restrictions by the US and its allies.

Huang has been vocal about the impact of Washington's sanctions on China's access to semiconductors, as Nvidia has been barred from selling its most advanced chips to Chinese customers. The company's graphics processing units (GPUs) are widely used in cloud computing and for machine learning applications.

In an interview with the Financial Times last month, he was quoted as saying the Biden administration should be "careful" with its semiconductor restrictions, because "if [China] can't buy from ... the United States, they'll just build it themselves".

Huang's last public appearance in China was in 2019, when he talked about the adoption of artificial intelligence technology in the automotive, gaming and healthcare sectors at a conference on GPUs. If his trip goes ahead, Huang will join a list of high profile US business leaders who have gone to China after Beijing reopened its international borders earlier this year.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk wrapped up his three-day visit to the country on Thursday, after meeting Foreign Minister Qin Gang, Commerce Minister Wang Wentao and Industry and Information Technology Minister Jin Zhuanglong.

Other US businessmen, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, JPMorgan Chase & Co CEO Jamie Dimon and Starbucks CEO Laxman Narasimhan, have also visited China this year.

Additional reporting by Lilian Zhang

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