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In China, Innovation Cuts Both Ways

Matthew Bey
Senior Global Analyst, Stratfor
Oct 24, 2017 | 07:59 GMT
Jack Ma, chairman of China's Alibaba Group, speaks at the 2015 CeBIT expo in Hannover, Germany.

To stay competitive and drive the kind of economic growth that Beijing is after, China's tech companies will need to stay on the cutting edge of innovation. But innovation requires more flexibility -- and less government oversight -- than the Chinese government is comfortable with.

(SEAN GALLUP/Getty Images)

Faced with the seemingly incompatible tasks of staying ahead of the competition and maintaining control over the economy, Beijing can't determine how to regulate the tech sector without stifling it. ...

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