Scientist's death hurts China's quest for tech leadership

The death of a prominent Chinese scientist in the United States has passed comparatively unnoticed beside the blizzard of global headlines devoted to the Huawei dispute, yet the tragedy bears upon another important aspect of Beijing's quest for technological leadership.

Professor Zhang Shoucheng, an internationally recognised Stanford University physicist and venture capitalist, died on Dec 1, the same day that the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies was arrested in Vancouver.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 11, 2018, with the headline 'Scientist's death hurts China's quest for tech leadership'. Print Edition | Subscribe