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The stakes of a swift U.S.-China decoupling


January 11, 2020

Talent from overseas is essential to U.S. AI research & development, says Remco Zwetsloot. Policies that might restrict that talent flow should be carefully considered to avoid reducing the current U.S. advantage.

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