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Samsung on trial: Can top South Korea company stay on course?

Electronics giant aims for strategic shift in chips as its leader faces possible jail

Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong is being retried on corruption charges. (Nikkei montage/Source photos by Getty Images, Reuters)

SEOUL -- Things looked bright for Samsung Electronics in 2016. The company had just announced South Korea's biggest-ever corporate takeover. Halfway around the world the future U.S. president was also using a Galaxy smartphone to tweet scathing attacks against the company's archrival Apple.

But a lot can change in three years.

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