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US aims to maintain military advantage over China by controlling tech
US aims to maintain military advantage over China by controlling tech | Nick Burns | GZERO World

US aims to maintain military advantage over China by controlling tech

The United States and China are in a race for economic and military superiority. On GZERO World with Ian Bremmer, US Ambassador to China Nick Burns clarifies the Biden administration’s approach to “de-risking” from China’s economy, emphasizing that while Washington isn’t pushing for a complete decoupling, it’s pushing to shift its supply chains and limit the sales of critical technologies like advanced semiconductors that could be used by the People’s Liberation Army to compete militarily with the US. Despite China’s protestations about US tech restrictions, the Ambassador emphasizes that Beijing also restricts its dual-use tech.
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Where the US & China agree - and where they don't
Where the US & China agree - and where they don't | GZERO World with Ian Bremmer

Where the US & China agree - and where they don't

How stable is the US-China relationship, really? It felt like frosty relations might finally be thawing after a meeting between President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping in San Francisco last November. However, there’s still a lot of daylight and no trust between the two. On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer sits down with US Ambassador to China Nick Burns for a frank conversation about how US-China has changed since Biden took office, what the two countries agree on, and where they’re still miles apart.
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Ian Explains: Xi Jinping's nationalist agenda is rebuilding walls around China
Ian Explains: Xi Jinping's nationalist agenda is rebuilding walls around China | GZERO World

Ian Explains: Xi Jinping's nationalist agenda is rebuilding walls around China

It’s been a rough few years for China’s economy. Between harsh “Zero Covid” policies that shut China off from the rest of the world and major Communist Party crackdowns on private sector industries, the country is in desperate need of an economic jolt. So President Xi Jinping has been on an international charm offensive outside China, hoping to attract foreign investment. But if you look inside China, Xi’s vision is one of extreme nationalist messaging and centralized control that’s hurting his message abroad.
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Biden holds a microchip to discuss the strategic importance of semiconductors.


US chokes off investment in Chinese tech sectors

In a move that deepens the breach between the world’s two largest economies, the Biden administration this week authorized the Treasury Department to prohibit US firms from investing in several cutting-edge technology industries in China.

The order aims to stop American capital from financing Chinese research into quantum computing and advanced semiconductors and places fresh restrictions on investment in Chinese AI or other semiconductor technology industries.

Amid a deepening rivalry with China to achieve mastery over these technologies, Washington has framed the latest measure as a way to protect US national security.

One big question is: Will US allies do the same thing? Powerful as the US is, a strategy to crimp Beijing’s technological progress doesn’t work half as well if China can look elsewhere for high

quality investment.

It looks like things are moving that way. UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said Thursday he was considering a similar move, and the EU has been mulling measures of this kind since at least April when European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen suggested measures to curb European private sector investment in “sensitive technologies” in China.

And recall that after the US banned its companies from exporting sensitive technology to the Chinese semiconductor industry last year, both Japan and the Netherlands — major suppliers to China — quickly followed suit.

Is “decoupling” of this kind a good idea? If the US and EU are worried about China making critical breakthroughs then it makes sense not to help China do that. On the other hand, critics say that cutting the industries off from each other makes it harder for each side to monitor the other’s progress and to collaborate on guardrails for potentially destructive new technologies.

Tell us what you think. Is “decoupling” smart or shortsighted?

An improvised gate blocks the way leading to a Cuban military base near Bejucal.

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Chinese troops in ... Cuba?

What's China up to in Cuba these days? First, setting up an electronic spy base. Now, it's reportedly planning to build a military training facility on the island.

That's right — America's No. 1 geopolitical rival could potentially deploy its troops just 100 miles off the coast of Florida.

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China snoops on US from Cuba, US shares drone data with Taiwan

On Thursday, the WSJ reported that China and Cuba have cut a deal to establish an electronic spy base on the island, barely 90 miles from the US mainland, presumably in exchange for a hefty sum of yuan. This is a big deal because it would allow the Chinese to eavesdrop on military comms in the southeastern US and monitor ship traffic from America's doorstep.

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Jess Frampton

Has China’s power peaked?

I had a fascinating debate on this question a few months ago with political scientist Michael Beckley, who wrote a thoughtful and compelling book arguing that China’s relative rise is over and, therefore, that the United States will remain the world’s sole superpower for the foreseeable future.

This isn’t a new claim. In fact, every few years going back decades we get a new big article or book saying China’s power is peaking and its decline (or even collapse) is imminent. So far, they’ve always been wrong. But could it be true this time?

Let’s break down the strongest arguments on both sides and decide (spoiler: I say “not so fast”).

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Annie Gugliotta

The US-China Cold War fallacy?

A steady stream of headlines today suggests that a metastasizing confrontation between China and the United States has put an end to what we’ve known as globalization, the flow of goods, services, and money across international borders at unprecedented speed and scale.

It’s true that US-China relations have become more contentious than at any time since (at least) the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, and every time it appears things might improve, some new revelation or provocation has officials in Washington and Beijing threatening some new action. High tariffs between the two countries for all kinds of goods have remained in place for the past five years.

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