On multiple occasions, President Xi Jinping has used the phrase qia bozi, which translates to being strangled by an adversary, in describing China’s risks in the realm of technological competition.That is because China’s inability to produce vital hi-tech components – from computer chips in mobile phones to aeroplane engines – puts the country at the mercy of strategic rivals. Washington’s targeting of tech powerhouse Huawei and telecoms giant ZTE with sanctions, for example, shows that…



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