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US-China tech rivalry defies simple 'Cold War' metaphors

Semiconductors reveal depth of superpower co-dependence

Source photos by Reuters

In the words of Zhou Bo, fellow at the People's Liberation Army Academy of Military Science, disentangling the ties that bind the U.S. and China may be akin to removing blood capillaries from the human body. In the field of high-tech trade, it is already clear that self-harming as a strategy to punish others can have a limited appeal.

Semiconductors provide a case in point. It seemed last year that the U.S. was limbering up to use chips -- where it has unrivaled superiority -- as a cudgel with which to beat back China's high-tech advance.

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