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Xi Renews Call for China Tech Push After US Escalates Curbs

  • He again invokes historic programs to develop the bomb
  • China’s efforts to replace American technology appear to flag
Xi Jinping 

Xi Jinping 

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Xi Jinping renewed calls for China to step up the development of technology critical to national security, issuing a forceful reminder just as escalating US sanctions threaten Beijing’s efforts to become self-reliant in semiconductors. 

Invoking the so-called “whole nation system” that propelled China’s space and nuclear weapons programs, Xi exhorted top officials to pool their resources and focus on breakthroughs critical to the country’s future. The government should play a more active role in orchestrating this process, he told a Party summit attended by senior policy-makers including Premier Li Keqiang.