China, USA and ASML made the same headlines again this week

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In our Sunday newsletter, we editors take a look back at the past seven days. We do this at the initiative of our cartoonist Albert-John Rasker. He picks a subject, creates a map, and we take it from there.

It’s not often that an opinion piece on a geopolitical issue is an article about a week’s worth of innovation. But apparently this piece struck a chord. And this is remarkable: our audience read the story (English version) in bulk, mainly from countries bordering China.

The gist of the story: The export embargo imposed by the Netherlands on ASML under heavy pressure from the US is short-sighted, hypocritical and counter-productive. This proves that the much-vaunted European strategic autonomy is, for now, a sham. America rules!

For those who haven’t read yet:

The Chinese export ban on ASML is short-sighted, hypocritical and counterproductive

The whole thing inspired Albert John to paint things that wouldn’t go out of place on the office wall of Xi, Biden, Rutte or Wennink. The main question is what will trigger shame, satisfaction, anger or a smile. Anyway, we had the latter.

There is also…

Additionally, as always, our sights are sharply focused on the individuals and organizations working on the grand challenges of our time. Here’s ourA preview of the future“This week:

OpenAI Releases GPT-4 – Here’s What You Need to Know About It

CarbonCloud provides reliable data on the climate footprint of food companies

This homemade salt battery will revolutionize your energy storage

Climate engineering professor: ‘No solution, but research desperately needed’

Finally, this week we launched a new series of video tutorials, each focusing on a special startup. First: the characters.

Finally, here’s what our AI editor (who got a major system update yesterday) has been up to this week: Follow Lao.

Have a beautiful, innovative week!

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