Xi’s Chinese attacks call for technological blockades – .

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Xi’s Chinese attacks call for technological blockades – .


BEIJING – Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Tuesday attacked calls by some Americans and their allies to limit their dependence on Chinese suppliers and block technology sharing.

In a speech to representatives of left-wing political parties in more than 100 countries, Xi said the ruling Communist Party in China has successfully lifted the country out of poverty and created a new model of development.

Such experiences should be shared and no country should “hinder the development of other countries and harm the lives of their people through political manipulation,” Xi said.

“We must jointly oppose anyone engaging in technological blockages, technological division and development decoupling,” Xi said.

Decoupling has become synonymous with some in the United States and elsewhere to end reliance on Chinese supply lines, especially for high-tech products such as smartphones and computers.

Xi’s speech, broadcast live online, comes days after he gave a provocative speech marking the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party, saying China would not be bullied and punish anyone who tries.

Xi tends to change his tone depending on whether he is speaking to a national or international audience, analysts say.

“Xi takes risks, but he’s not reckless,” said Steve Tsang, director of the China Institute at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

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