China to apportion more funds to chips, AI and 5G

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(The Taipei Times)

China is scrambling to cut its dependence on the West for crucial components such as computer chips, an issue that has

China pledged to boost spending and drive research into cutting-edge chips and artificial intelligence (AI) in its latest five-year targets, laying out a technological blueprint to vie for global influence with the US.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (李克強) singled out key areas in which to achieve “major breakthroughs in core technologies,” including high-end semiconductors, operating systems, computer processors and cloud computing — areas in which US firms now hold sway.

Beijing would also aim to get 56 percent of the country on faster 5G networks.

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