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China Looks at U.S. Tech-Limiting Measures and Sees Gunboat Diplomacy

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Nov 20, 2018 | 10:00 GMT
John Demers, U.S. assistant attorney general for national security, speaks in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 1.

John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security, speaks in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 1 after the creation of a new initiative to crack down on Chinese intelligence officials pilfering intellectual property from U.S. corporations. New measures against China, however, are only likely to strengthen Beijing's resolve to acquire technology by any means possible.

(JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. actions targeting its tech industry conjure memories of the Opium Wars for Beijing. To prevent history from repeating, China's leaders will redouble efforts to acquire high-end technology as quickly as possible....

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