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China's new research rules will shackle Xi's innovation drive

Push for high-tech prowess requires sharing of scientific data

| China
China needs to allow freer flows of information to foster better development of advanced technology.   © Reuters

Chinese President Xi Jinping has predicated the country's future economic prosperity on a transition from low-wage manufacturing to high-tech, innovation-driven production.

Yet even as U.S. President Donald Trump is seeking to tighten controls on China's access to American technologies, new Chinese restrictions on the free flow of data are threatening to disrupt the cross-border interaction that is essential to international supply chains and the ecosystem on which innovative global industry rests.

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