Baidu CEO Robin Li doused in water during speech

By Wei Sheng
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A man poured a bottle of water over Baidu’s chief executive Robin Li at the opening of the company’s annual developers’ conference on Wednesday.

During his speech at the Baidu Create AI Developer Conference in Beijing, an attendee rushed up to the stage and poured a bottle of water over the CEO’s head.

After a few moments of shocked silence, Li asked the interloper in English, “What’s your problem?”

The man, whose motive was unclear, was quickly tackled by security.

Li then continued his speech about smart transportation, noting that the road to artificial intelligence (AI) will contain unexpected happenings. “But it will not impact Baidu’s determination,” he added.

A Baidu spokeswoman declined to comment on the incident.

Baidu, China’s biggest search engine site, was widely criticized last month for promoting its own results and low-quality articles on Baijiahao, the company’s news aggregation platform which publishes content from other sites, over news from other channels.

The company has struggled to regain user trust after a series of scandals over the past few years. In 2016, a 21-year-old college student died after being treated for his cancer using questionable methods at a hospital which he chose for its top ranking in Baidu’s search results.