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JAMES KYNGE: The US and China are engaged
in a dire struggle over tech.
And some analysts say it's likely
that tensions could escalate from here, jeopardising
the business dealings of both American companies
and their Chinese counterparts.
The tech war is part of the broader US-China trade war that
started more than a year ago.
But while the trade war is being fought
with tit-for-tat tariffs, the tech war
is being waged with direct action against companies.
America has blacklisted more than 140 Chinese companies,
severely limiting their access to US-made components
that they rely on.
This has already thrown several Chinese companies,
such as Huawei, into crisis.
But China is fighting back.
It has not publicly ordered a backlash
against American corporations in China,
but some US companies are now facing stiff headwinds.
Chuck Robbins, chief executive of Cisco, the US networking
equipment maker, says Chinese state-owned companies are
blocking it from deals and that Cisco
is being uninvited to bid for some Chinese contracts.
If this treatment goes mainstream,
US companies have a lot to lose.
This chart shows how US companies operating in China
sell nine times more to Chinese customers
than Chinese companies operating in the US sell to Americans.
Another giant US corporation, the chip maker Qualcomm,
also reported weakness in its China business.
The company, which gets 65 per cent of its revenue
from sales in China, warned that earnings are on track
to fall to a seven-year low.
America's aim in confronting China over technology
is to punish specific companies, such as Huawei,
for alleged wrongdoings.
But this is feeding into a bigger and bleaker picture.
The rivalry between the US and China
is reversing nearly 40 years of economic engagement
between the world's two superpowers
and ushering in an era of decoupling.
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Why the US has a lot to lose in a tech war with China | FT

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林宜悉 published on March 28, 2020
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