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Xi’s Gambit: China Plans for a World Without American Technology

The New York Times

Paul Mozur & Steven Lee Myers | The New York Times
Xi’s Gambit: China Plans for a World Without American Technology
Xi’s Gambit: China Plans for a World Without American Technology
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Premier Li Kejiang addressing the National People's Congress

National People's Congress

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China's Plans for Independence from U.S. Technology

March 10, 2021
BIG IDEA | ‘China’s new five-year plan, made public on Friday, at the National People’s Congress (NPC), called tech development a matter of national security, not just economic development, a break from the previous plan.’
‘Anticipating efforts by the Biden administration to continue to challenge China’s technological rise, the country’s leaders are accelerating plans to go it alone, seeking to address vulnerabilities in the country’s economy that could thwart its ambitions in a wide range of industries, from smartphones to jet engines.’
‘ “China wants to reduce its dependency on the world — not to reduce its trade and interaction, but to ensure that it is not vulnerable to the kind of strategic blackmail against China that it has historically used against others,” said Daniel Russel of the Asia Society Policy Institute.’