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China's great quantum leap forward

Chinese planners have sought to transform China into a global leader in quantum technology. PHOTO: REUTERS
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In the traditional Chinese game of weiqi, players often aim to place pieces at strategic points early in the game in order to gain an advantage later.

In the board of national power competition, a useful strategic piece as perceived by the Communist Party of China (CPC) is quantum technology. Referencing weiqi, Chinese President Xi Jinping has called it an "advance-handed piece" for China.

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