Chinese president slams US-led ‘suppression’

THE United States is leading a “containment, encirclement and suppression of China”, President Xi Jinping has said, as he urged his country’s private sector to boost innovation and become more self-reliant.

China’s technology ambitions have been hit with a raft of restrictions by the United States and its Western allies, and Beijing has doubled down on the need to shift away from imports for sectors perceived as vital to national security, such as semiconductors and artificial intelligence.