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A long march to high-tech self-reliance would hold back China

Best response to US protectionism is more trade with other global partners

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A chipset designed by HiSilicon: China's state-led attempts to develop advanced chipmaking capabilities have been expensive failures.   © Reuters

Self-reliance strikes a powerful cultural chord in China, bringing to mind 1940s slogans coined by Mao Zedong as he ground out bloody victories in the country's civil war. Over recent months the notion has enjoyed a resurgence, reawakened by President Donald Trump's moves to deny critical technologies to companies like Huawei in the ongoing U.S.-China trade war.

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