China steps up the arms race in the digital cold war

Edward Snowden's revelations of close collaboration between US tech companies and the NSA have given China a prime opportunity to cement its rise as an internet and technology powerhouse.

The digital cold war between China and the United States grew chillier still this week with a surprise raid of the offices of US technology giant Microsoft in four cities across China on Monday.

Around 100 State Administration for Industry & Commerce staff members pounced on Microsoft’s offices and seized documents and computers as part of an anti-monopoly investigation.

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