Is China starting to trump US tech industry on innovation?

While Chinese president Xi Jinping made history at Davos this month – the first leader from China to attend the World Economic Forum’s January gathering in the Swiss mountains – US President Donald Trump’s protectionism was already in full swing. Inaugurated earlier in the same week, President Trump spoke with a number of US technology leaders in December and has already had discussions with Apple CEO Tim Cook about the possibility of bringing manufacturing jobs back to the US. It’s no secret that ‘Trumpism’ means an animosity towards international trade deals and increased protection for US jobs, but what it can’t do anything about is the shift in Chinese attitudes to entrepreneurialism. China’s tech industry, for all its copying of US products (who can ever forget the HiPhone, APad or Goojje search engine?) is starting to flower on the seeds of its own endeavours.


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