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Technology, Innovation Walled Off in US-China Spat

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Technology, Innovation Walled Off in US-China Spat

Photo caption: Women wearing masks pass by the ByteDance headquarters in Beijing, Aug. 7, 2020. Photo credit: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan. Article by Zen Soo, Tali Arbel.

China has long limited what foreign tech companies can do; now, the U.S. and others are implementing their own restrictions.

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s bans on two popular Chinese social media apps — TikTok and WeChat — are the latest moves in an escalating U.S.-China rift, and point to a future where technology and innovation are increasingly walled behind political barriers.

In China, the Communist Party has long limited what foreign tech companies can do. It blocks access to major U.S. internet services, like Google and Facebook, along with thousands of websites operated by news organizations and human rights, pro-democracy and other activist groups. […]

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