Power Play

India finds new challenges and opportunities in Sino-US tech war

India’s size and tech talent base are a draw to US investors but structural economic shortcomings hold back its potential as an alternative to China.

New Delhi has always been wary of allowing Chinese firms into sensitive or strategic areas such as its telecoms sector. PHOTO: AFP
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