Speaking of Asia

Challenges in China's quest for tech autonomy

China’s response to the United States’ tech decoupling is to aim for self-reliance and innovative excellence, but there are problems that it needs to overcome to succeed

People visit a booth during Huawei Connect in Shanghai on Sept 23, 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS

In late October, the Chinese government announced its economic and social development plans for the next five years and a vision for 2035 that included building technological self-reliance and becoming a world leader in innovation by that year.

Last month, Vice-Premier Liu He, who led the drafting of the plans, in an article in the People's Daily called for the country to move faster towards becoming technologically self-sufficient, saying this and innovation are key to China's development.

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