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Xi’s third term leaves the tech industry cold

Clarity would have been nice. A lineup of leaders attuned to the sector would have been better. Companies got neither.

EXECUTIVES at Chinese Internet companies who went into the 20th party congress hoping for some good news are left sorely disappointed. Xi Jinping secured a third term as the nation's leader, as expected, and stacked his leadership ranks with loyalists, but did little to provide clarity on where the country's technology sector is headed.

Of the seven members of the Politburo's Standing Committee, none could be considered tech cheerleaders. Perhaps closest to the industry is Li Qiang, the Shanghai party chief who is ranked second behind Xi and is set to become premier. While he's best known for leading harsh Covid-19 lockdowns in China's commercial hub, Li also oversaw the establishment of the Star...

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