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US, China face off over technology

The so-called trade war between the two economic giants is giving way to a tech war.

A man trying out a remote control machine with 5G technology at a Huawei stand during the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2019) in Shanghai on June 26. Analysts estimate China is 10 years behind in designing the high-end chips of the kind used in Huawei's switches and routers.

TECHNOLOGY is quickly becoming the most significant area of competition in the US-China rivalry. How the tech war interacts with the ongoing trade dispute is the key question. Will a trade deal settle the issue in the near term? Or does the recent escalation portend a permanent global rivalry?...