Tariffs, BAT, and Social Credit: A US-China Debate


Over the previous few years, China’s tech ascension has change into one of many hottest matters du jour. Just as there are America’s FAANG firms (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google), a trio of Chinese firms have change into their very own tech acronym: BAT’s Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent. And China has clear goals to surpass the United States as the brand new techonomic superpower, from President Xi Jinping’s “Made in China 2025” initiative to his plans for China to guide AI globally by 2030. But massive questions stay: Will China’s suspicious insurance policies, such because the social credit score system, curb innovation? Is the Belt and Road Initiative too sprawling? And will retaliatory tariffs in the end carry two of the world’s superpowers, and their economies, to their knees?

The people at Intelligence Squared US gathered 5 international coverage consultants—Ian Bremmer, founder and president of the Eurasia Group; former US undersecretary of protection for coverage Michèle Flournoy; MIT professor Yasheng Huang; Parag Khanna, the founder and managing companion of FutureMap; and Susan Thornton, former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs—to debate three motions:

  • The subsequent Silicon Valley will probably be in China
  • The Belt and Road Initiative is a trillion-dollar blunder
  • The US and China will each lose the commerce warfare

Watch a livestream of the talk right here on WIRED.com at 7 pm EST:


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