A computer chip made by the state-controlled Tsinghua Unigroup project, which has emerged as a national champion for Beijing's semiconductor ambitions. Photo: APA computer chip made by the state-controlled Tsinghua Unigroup project, which has emerged as a national champion for Beijing's semiconductor ambitions. Photo: AP
A computer chip made by the state-controlled Tsinghua Unigroup project, which has emerged as a national champion for Beijing's semiconductor ambitions. Photo: AP
Tom Holland
Opinion

Opinion

Abacus by Tom Holland

China isn’t playing tech catch up – it’s leapfrog and it may get dirty

Beijing knows it is too far behind to win the present-day intellectual property race; instead it is preparing to dominate in burgeoning fields such as artificial intelligence and aerospace

A computer chip made by the state-controlled Tsinghua Unigroup project, which has emerged as a national champion for Beijing's semiconductor ambitions. Photo: APA computer chip made by the state-controlled Tsinghua Unigroup project, which has emerged as a national champion for Beijing's semiconductor ambitions. Photo: AP
A computer chip made by the state-controlled Tsinghua Unigroup project, which has emerged as a national champion for Beijing's semiconductor ambitions. Photo: AP
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