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Data suspicions threaten to tear China and west apart

Applications by Chinese companies see 200-fold increase since 1999

Analysts say that if Beijing's security organizations want an individual's data, they will get it, despite personal privacy laws. (Source photos by Wataru Ito and Kosaku Mimura) 

China is shooting for the sky in its ambitions to secure patents for innovative technologies and products. But even as it unveils world-beating goals, analysts in the West are asking with increasing urgency whether they can trust Chinese technology in a networked world.

In the latest statement of intent, Ge Shu, a director at the State Intellectual Property Office, was quoted this week as saying that China aims to register 12 "high-value innovative" patents per 10,000 head of population by 2025, up from 6.3 in 2020 and 3.9 in 2015.

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