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China's self-driving car prowess is greatly exaggerated

US fears are disproportionate as China struggles to match American AI

| China

One of the chief characteristics of today's U.S.-China relationship is fear, in particular, America's fear that China's rising economic, and increasingly technological, power will displace its own long-held position.

But not enough people know that much of that fear is disproportionate to the actual threat. China's tech prowess, for example, has been greatly exaggerated, as I have found in my research as a journalist and author. From semiconductors and robotics to pharmaceuticals, China lags significantly behind global leaders. The same is true in newly emerging fields like self-driving cars.

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