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Standard-bearer: China races U.S. and Europe to set tech rules

Beijing's focus on strategic sectors like lithium and 5G puts West on defensive

CISSY ZHOU, Nikkei staff writer | China

HONG KONG -- In late 2003, when much of the world was getting connected to Wi-Fi, China decided to do it differently.

Beijing adopted its own standard, called WAPI, claiming it was more secure than Wi-Fi and insisting device makers would have to conform if they wanted to sell their products in China.

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