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China only a hair away from US in Fortune Global 500

State-owned enterprises dominate as tech giants play catch-up

NEW YORK -- China is now neck and neck with the U.S. in Fortune Global 500 members, reflecting a shift in economic power that lies at the heart of trade tensions between Beijing and Washington.

This year's ranking of the world's 500 largest businesses by year-earlier revenue includes 119 Chinese companies, up from 111 in 2018. U.S. enterprises declined to 121 from 126. Two decades ago, Chinese entries numbered in the single digits. So "though China has a stronger presence near the bottom of the roster than the top, it's clear where the momentum is," wrote Clifton Leaf, editor-in-chief of Fortune magazine.

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