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Chinese censorship costing U.S. tech firms billions in revenue

Chinese censorship costing U.S. tech firms billions in revenue

With Apple selling $13.2 billion worth of iPhones in China last quarter, and Alibaba raising nearly twice that on the New York Stock Exchange, it's no wonder Chinese officials want to showcase technology as a bright spot of cooperation when President Xi Jinping travels to the United States this week.

Xi will visit the Microsoft campus near Seattle for a forum of tech titans from both countries, but the discussion almost certainly will paper over an uncomfortable fact: Chinese government censorship is costing U.S. tech companies billions of dollars in revenue — and the "Great Firewall" isn't likely to come down soon.

Although the Great Firewall's free-speech...

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