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From Newsweek, International Edition
"The other side - the so-called statists led by men such as Sergey Chemezov, a former KGB colleague of Putin and now head of the state megacorporation Russian Technologies - dreams of leapfrogging the West in technology and therby dispensing with what itregards as alien institutions."
May I write "bypassing" instead of "leapfrogging'' without changing the meaning of the text?
I don't think you can.
Leapfrogging means they want to get ahead of and become better than the West while bypassing would mean avoiding using Western technology o achieve its aims.
The two are not really interchangeable.