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In Beijing and Washington, Leaders Signal a Growing Tech Arms Race

Timmy Shen, Lu Kejia and Li Yi / Mar 08, 2021 03:40 PM / World

U.S. President Joe Biden has set the country’s broad national security priorities recently, with a strong focus on China that included investing in American competitiveness and strengthening alliances, just as Beijing said it would pour money into research on technologies such as semiconductors and AI.

The White House on Wednesday released an interim national security strategic guidance paper, which was read closely for signs of how the administration will engage with the world.

“(China) is the only competitor potentially capable of combining its economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to mount a sustained challenge to a stable and open international system,” the paper said.

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