Over the past few years, China’s tech ascension has become one of the hottest topics du jour. Just as there are America’s FAANG companies (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google), a trio of Chinese companies have become their own tech acronym: BAT’s Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent. And China has clear aims to surpass the United States as the new techonomic superpower, from President Xi Jinping’s “Made in China 2025” initiative to his plans for China to lead AI globally by 2030. But big questions remain: Will China’s suspicious policies, such as the social credit system, curb innovation? Is the Belt and Road Initiative too sprawling? And will retaliatory tariffs ultimately bring two of the world’s superpowers, and their economies, to their knees?
The folks at Intelligence Squared US gathered five foreign policy experts—Ian Bremmer, founder and president of the Eurasia Group; former US undersecretary of defense for policy Michèle Flournoy; MIT professor Yasheng Huang; Parag Khanna, the founder and managing partner of FutureMap; and Susan Thornton, former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs—to debate three motions:
- The next Silicon Valley will be in China
- The Belt and Road Initiative is a trillion-dollar blunder
- The US and China will both lose the trade war
Watch a livestream of the debate here on WIRED.com at 7 pm EST: