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China’s Big Data Valley shows how its military is gaining ominous tech firepower. India can’t relax.

The controversies around Huawei symbolise the suspicion with which the West views Chinese technology firms and their well-documented links with the Chinese state and military. Meanwhile, India seems to be taking a benign view. ET Prime reports from Guiyang, China’s Big Data hub.
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (R) and Tencent founder Pony Ma (L) talk with Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) at the main campus of Microsoft in Redmond, Washington, on September 23, 2015. Getty Images
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (R) and Tencent founder Pony Ma (L) talk with Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) at the main campus of Microsoft in Redmond, Washington, on September 23, 2015.
Guiyang is a serene city in southwestern China and the capital of the mountainous Guizhou province. On its official website, cherry blossoms and a thriving manufacturing industry sit next to a more contemporary attraction: Big Data. When ET Prime visited Guiyang in May*, the city — branded as China’s “Big Data Valley” — was abuzz around the fifth edition
could obey Beijing and turn off critical links on any dispute could make India vulnerable to Chinese diktat. Nonetheless, Group Capt. (Dr) Lele says, “India’s approach should be [decided on a] case-by-case basis, when India has to deal with them.” (* The author was in China at the invitation of the Chinese government.) ( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)
Guiyang is a serene city in southwestern China and the capital of the mountainous Guizhou province. On its official website, cherry blossoms and a thriving manufacturing industry sit next to a more contemporary attraction: Big Data. When ET Prime visited Guiyang in May*, the city — branded as China’s “Big Data Valley” — was abuzz around the fifth edition could obey Beijing and turn off critical links on any dispute could make India vulnerable to Chinese diktat. Nonetheless, Group Capt. (Dr) Lele says, “India’s approach should be [decided on a] case-by-case basis, when India has to deal with them.” (* The author was in China at the invitation of the Chinese government.) ( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)

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