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Mar 15, 2018

The Economist | Editors Picks:Editor's choice: The battle for digital supremacyon March 15, 2018



 
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  A weekly selection of must-reads from The Economist  
     
     
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Our cover looks at the battle between America and China for digital supremacy. This week, citing the threat from China, President Donald Trump vetoed the takeover of Qualcomm, a chip giant, by its rival, Broadcom. China has the biggest online-payments system and the fastest supercomputers, and is poised to take a leading position in artificial intelligence. America is right to be rattled, but this week’s knee-jerk response was a mistake
 
Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief
 
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Sharing and daring
The alliance of Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi has become the world’s largest carmaker. How does it work?
 
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American foreign policy after Rexit
With the sacking of Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, the presidency of Donald Trump has entered a new stage. The foreign policy of “Trump Unbound” will be shaped by grievance and the idea that others must lose for America to win. Watch out, Iran and North Korea
 
     
Dealing in death
Russia’s presumed attempt to kill Sergei Skripal, a former double agent living in Britain, is hardly unique. Other states also have a policy of assassination and targeted killing. We report
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Is the world’s smallest country home to the world’s most influential government? We ask the man behind the Vatican’s foreign policy
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Is the world’s smallest country home to the world’s most influential government? We ask the man behind the Vatican’s foreign policy
 
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Politics this week
Angela Merkel was sworn in as Germany’s chancellor for a fourth term. The Social Democrats, coalition partners to her Christian Democrats, have been given the jobs of finance minister and foreign minister, filled by Olaf Scholz and Heiko Maas respectively
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Business this week
Unilever chose Rotterdam as the site for the headquarters of a new unified company. It is a symbolic blow to the British government, which had hoped the Anglo-Dutch consumer-goods group would keep its headquarters in London. The company denied that the decision was connected to Brexit
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