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Samsung chief woos China amid Washington-Beijing tensions

Lee Jae-yong visits chip factory in Xian as Trump cracks down on Huawei

Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-Yong visits a chip plant in Xian, China, on May 18. (Photo courtesy of Samsung) 

SEOUL -- Just days after the U.S. launched its latest crackdown on Huawei Technologies, the head of South Korea's biggest conglomerate showed up in China on a surprise three-day visit. Dressed in a white helmet, mask and yellow vest, Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong toured the company's newest chip factory in Xian, Shanxi Province, inspecting production lines and meeting with important local officials.

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