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SoftBank-backed Arm's spat with China unit over CEO heats up

China Arm denies ouster and says proposed interim CEO was dismissed in May

The spat between Arm Limited and its Chinese unit comes as trade tensions between U.S. and China flare up again.   © EPA/Jiji

TAIPEI -- Tensions between SoftBank-owned Arm Limited and its Chinese unit escalated on Thursday, with Arm China saying it had already dismissed one of the two men chosen by its British parent to serve as interim CEO of the local unit.

It is the second time in two days that the Chinese company has openly contradicted the U.K. company over management of Arm China. Arm Limited is a crucial player in the global chip industry, providing intellectual property used in 90% of the world's mobile processors, and its spat with Arm China comes just weeks after Washington tightened its clampdown on Huawei Technologies, the British company's largest Chinese client.

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