China talks up tech prowess at annual internet conference

CHINA today said it aims to become a “great power” in the online world and took a swipe at Washington on trade, kicking off its annual conference promoting the Communist Party’s controlled and censored version of the internet.

US-China rivalry is increasingly playing out in the digital sphere, as Beijing pursues dominance in next-generation technology, while Washington takes measures to cripple Chinese tech firms like Huawei.