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Despite U.S. government efforts to decouple from China over the past five years, most American tech giants remain deeply reliant on the Chinese market.    © Illustration by Yoshiko Kawano
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U.S. big tech won't shake its China addiction

For companies like Apple, Microsoft, Tesla and Qualcomm, decoupling has not dented Chinese market

AKITO TANAKA and GRACE LI, Nikkei staff writers | China

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG -- The leaders of America's most powerful tech companies have been parading through Beijing since early spring, following the end of COVID-19 controls and the gradual reopening of China. Even chilly U.S.-China tensions have not stood in the way of a resumption of pre-pandemic business dialogue.

In June, Bill Gates, the co-founder of U.S. tech giant Microsoft, was received in Beijing by Chinese President Xi Jinping -- an almost unheard-of protocol exception for a business leader. "You are the first American friend I've met with so far this year," China's president told the American billionaire, flashing a rare smile.

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