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China’s Secret Drive to ‘Delete America’ From Its Tech – WSJ

‘Document 79’ has only been seen by Beijing’s highest-ranking officials and is said to require state-owned operations to get rid of foreign software by 2027

Chinese and US flags are seen with a semiconductor chip
The US and China are engaged in fierce rivalry for tech supremacy and a key focus has been production of computer chips. Photo: Reuters


A secret government directive is helping guide a Chinese drive to push American tech out of the country, the Wall Street Journal reported, as Beijing ramps up its efforts to become technologically self-sufficient.

‘Document 79’ is said to be so sensitive that only high-ranking officials and executives have seen the order, sources claim. The order requires state-owned companies in finance, energy and other sectors to expel foreign software from their IT systems by 2027.

The push is just one part of a wider campaign by Chinese leader Xi Jinping for self-sufficiency in not just critical technology such as semiconductors but also in the production of grain and oilseeds, to make China less dependent on the West for food, raw materials and energy.

Read the full story: The Wall Street Journal


  • By Sean O’Meara


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Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.


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