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Trump boosts China's chip industry like Xi Jinping never could

No longer a matter of if, but when China will have its own domestic supply chain

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A staff demonstrates a product invented by Huawei at Flash Memory World in Hangzhou in August 2019: it is not a matter of if but when China will build its own industrial chain.   © Imaginechina/AP

Nina Xiang is the founder of China Money Network, a media platform tracking China's venture and tech sectors.

In Chinese writer Liu Cixin's seminal science fiction novel The Three Body Problem, an alien species disrupts Earth's particle accelerators to prevent humans from advancing scientifically. Blocking breakthroughs in physics, the aliens rationalize, is like hitting an off switch that prevents humans from making further technological progress.

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