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Silicon Valley needs China talent: Ex-Ambassador Roos

Former envoy to Japan fears trade war impact on tech

John Roos says the valuations of unlisted companies are too high due to "a lot of capital trying to invest" in the best deals. (Photo by Takuya Fujisawa)

TOKYO -- John Roos, the former American ambassador to Japan, said the trade war is preventing U.S. companies from accepting Chinese investments and is impeding talented Chinese who might otherwise help Silicon Valley remain on the cutting edge of high technology.

"There have been different types of impact," Roos said in an interview with Nikkei regarding the trade war. "There has been a significant decrease in capital flow from China ... because of the uncertainty of accepting that capital."

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