India, Oct. 21 -- Robots powered by 5G technology and AI-driven scanners making sketchy human portraits attracted excited local guests but the 6th World Internet Conference (WIC) at Wuzhen in eastern China's Zhejiang province wrapped up Monday evening with its profile, perhaps, marred by the absence of US online giants like Apple and Google this year.

The government-sponsored WIC is China's leading internet forum, attended by Apple's Tim Cook and Google's Sundar Pichai in its earlier editions.

Cook, incidentally, was in Beijing late last week, meeting leading Chinese officials.

The companies that attended this year included China's Alibaba Group, Baidu, Xiaomi and JD; foreign companies included Microsoft, Tesla, and Qualcomm.

Among le...