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NASA delays launch of James Webb telescope to 2021

Engineers work on the James Webb Space Telescope at Goddard Space Flight Center in 2016.
Engineers and technicians assemble the James Webb Space Telescope November 2, 2016 at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images.

NASA announced Wednesday it's once again delaying the launch date for the James Webb Space Telescope, this time to March 30, 2021.

Why this matters: The JWST will be NASA's most powerful space-based telescope yet, and is intended to be Hubble's successor. The program has been beset by technical problems, delays and cost overruns. The latest delay moves the launch back from 2020 to 2021.

Trump’s trade war may miss China's plan to own the future

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Trade and China experts fear that President Trump, seeking a marquee, high-dollar deal with Beijing to reduce a $375 billion trade imbalance, may achieve a political win but leave the U.S. at a critical, long-term economic disadvantage.

What they're saying: China's stated objective is to dominate the primary industries of future wealth and the jobs that come with them, including artificial intelligence, robotics, self-driving and electric cars, and advanced microchips. It is smoothing its path there using tech obtained through means including coercion of western companies, according to long-standing industry complaints.