US Senate approves $50bn boost for computer chip and AI technology to counter China

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Legislation shows deeply divided parties are united on confronting China in the ‘race for technologies of the future’

The US Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill to boost American semiconductor production and the development of artificial intelligence and other technology in the face of growing international competition, most notably from China.

The 68-32 vote for the bill on Tuesday demonstrates how confronting China economically is an issue that unites both parties in Congress. It is a rare unifying issue in an era of division as pressure grows on Democrats to change Senate rules to push past Republican opposition and gridlock.

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The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse contributed to this report

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