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China emerges as quantum tech leader while Biden vows to catch up

US lags in patents related to next generation communication and cryptography

The U.S. and China are fiercely competing to develop quantum technology.

TOKYO -- The U.S. and China's competition over high technology has entered a new stage.

The focus is on quantum technology, which will affect economic competitiveness in the medium and long term. The U.S. has been the front-runner of the world in various technologies, but in quantum technology, China is taking the lead. Cooperation with allies such as Japan will be key for the administration of U.S. President Joseph Biden to keep his country competitive in this area.

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