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Nicholas Thompson on China's tech U-turn

Six months ago, China's tech giants were champions of the state, working with the government to conquer US Big Tech. But then Xi Jinping started cracking down, and a trillion dollars in their market value is gone. Huh? For Nicholas Thompson, CEO of The Atlantic and former editor-in-chief of WIRED, it makes sense for Xi to go after cryptocurrencies to ensure they don't replace the yuan. But going after national tech champions, he says, could be fool's errand because it's inevitable they'll someday become more powerful than the state itself.

Watch this episode of GZERO World with Ian Bremmer: Big Tech: Global sovereignty, unintended consequences

LinkedIn right to shut down in China, says journalist Nick Thompson

The Atlantic CEO Nick Thompson believes in tech firms doing business in China because connecting with people there is a huge social good for the world. But in demanding LinkedIn de-platform certain people, he says, the Chinese government crossed a line, and "you can't justify that."

Watch Ian Bremmer's interview with Nicholas Thompson in an upcoming episode of GZERO World, airing on US public television.

Protests Follow a Pandemic: Life Today in Hong Kong

As the political situation in Hong Kong unravels, in other ways life is getting back to normal after the coronavirus pandemic—but there's plenty of uncertainty about what that will mean. Two residents, Vivian Wang, a New York Times correspondent, and Doris Fu, a lifelong Hongkonger, share their first-person accounts with GZERO World, explaining why overcoming the pandemic is the easy part. Fighting for democracy is another matter.

Dennis Kwok: China is obliterating Hong Kong freedom

As Beijing asserts further control of Hong Kong, threatening the "one country, two systems" policy the city has known since 1997, pro-democracy protesters and lawmakers alike are fighting to preserve the freedoms they have known. One of them is Dennis Kwok, a legislator who has drawn the ire of China's government and says he and his compatriots fear "redress" for speaking out against increasingly "draconian" laws being forced upon the city.
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