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Blind spots in America's 'tech war' with China

Elements of a comprehensive approach appear to be in place, but achieving the objective of curbing the expansion of Chinese technological powers will be immensely difficult

The release of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou last month and talk of an impending summit between presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping, while welcomed, should not be interpreted as a reset of US-Sino relations. If anything, the competitive dimension to this relationship continues to grow.

In the words of Indo-Pacific policy coordinator Kurt Campbell at the National Security Council, the period of US engagement with China "has come to an end" and competition will now be the "dominant paradigm". Mr Biden painted an even more vivid picture, portraying competition with China as an effort to "win the 21st century".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 23, 2021, with the headline 'Blind spots in America's 'tech war' with China'. Subscribe