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US and China race to faster supercomputers amid simmering trade war

Intel-backed project moves ahead while Trump widens tech export ban

CHICAGO -- While Xi Jinping and Donald Trump grab headlines for sparring over broad trade and technology issues, another Sino-American battle is brewing over who has the fastest supercomputer.

Just days before Trump was due to meet China's president at the G20 meeting in Osaka, Washington imposed restrictions on five Chinese supercomputer companies which bar them from buying U.S. technology. The move was widely seen as a U.S. attempt to hinder China's development of supercomputing capability, which promises big benefits to the military, artificial intelligence and other fields. 

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