Why China Is Investigating Microsoft and Symantec

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For years, U.S. politicians have been calling Chinese telecom-equipment makers Huawei Technologies and ZTE threats to American security. But making charges about national security is a game that China can play, too. Following Edward Snowden’s disclosures of U.S. spying, the Chinese government seems eager to show American companies that they will pay a price for U.S. government actions.

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