Tech sovereignty key issue for Europe amid tensions between US, China

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – DECEMBER 16: European Commissioner Thierry Breton.

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LONDON — The European Union is investing billions of euros into what it believes are fundamental and core technologies as part of an effort to boost its tech sovereignty and reduce its dependency on the U.S. and China.

The Fraunhofer Institute, a state-backed German research agency, defines tech sovereignty as the ability of a state “to provide the technologies it deems critical for its welfare, competitiveness and ability to act, and to be able to develop these or source them from other economic

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Xi’s Gambit: China Plans for a World Without American Technology

China is freeing up tens of billions of dollars for its tech industry to borrow. It is cataloging the sectors where the United States or others could cut off access to crucial technologies. And when its leaders released their most important economic plans last week, they laid out their ambitions to become an innovation superpower beholden to none.

Anticipating efforts by the Biden administration to continue to challenge China’s technological rise, the country’s leaders are accelerating plans to go it alone, seeking to address vulnerabilities in the country’s economy that could thwart its ambitions in a wide range of industries,

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China to focus on ‘frontier’ tech from chips to quantum computing

GUANGZHOU, China — China is looking to boost research into what it calls “frontier technology” including quantum computing and semiconductors, as it competes with the U.S. for supremacy in the latest innovations.

In its five-year development plan, the 14th of its kind, Beijing said it would make “science and technology self-reliance and self-improvement a strategic pillar for national development,” according to a CNBC translation.

Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday that China would increase research and development spending by more than 7% per year between 2021 and 2025, in pursuit of “major breakthroughs” in technology.

China’s technology champions such as

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Apple’s China App Store Sheds Videogames as Beijing Tightens Internet Control

Apple Inc. is booting thousands of videogame apps from its platform in China as the government clamps down harder on such content, illustrating the tech giant’s vulnerability to state pressure on its business.

The iPhone maker this month warned Chinese developers that a new wave of paid gaming apps are at risk of removal from its app store, according to a memo viewed by The Wall Street Journal, after the company removed thousands of such apps earlier this year.

The Chinese government four years ago began requiring videogames to be licensed before being released, but developers were able to skirt

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Huawei overtakes Samsung to be No. 1 smartphone maker thanks to China

The logo of Chinese company Huawei at their main U.K. offices in Reading, west of London, on January 28, 2020.

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Huawei became the biggest smartphone player in the world in the second quarter for the first time, a new report by Canalys shows. 

The majority of sales came from China as its international business suffers due to U.S. sanctions.

The Chinese vendor shipped 55.8 million devices, down 5% year on year, according to the research firm. Meanwhile, second place Samsung shipped 53.7 million smartphones, a 30% plunge versus the same period last year. 

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Huawei, Apple gain bigger share of shrinking China smartphone market

SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) – Huawei Technologies and Apple (AAPL.O) both increased their share of the China smartphone market in the second quarter of 2020, bucking a broader trend as the overall market for handsets continued to contract.

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Huawei shipped 40.2 million devices in China in the second quarter, 8% more than a year earlier, to increase its share of the market to a dominant

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