Emerging Technologies: Is the West Ready for Competition with China?

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A discussion on the geostrategic competition with China, key emerging technologies that are central to this competition, and the contest between democratic and autocratic values.

The UK’s Integrated Review of 2021 identified China as a ‘systemic competitor’, and in his first major foreign policy speech since assuming office, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak emphasised that the so-called ‘Golden Era’ of ties with China was over and that the UK recognises that the challenge that China poses ’grows more acute as it moves towards even greater authoritarianism’. Meanwhile, in the US, the Biden administration’s national security strategy declared that China ‘harbours the intention and, increasingly, the capacity to reshape the international order in favour of one that tilts the global playing field to its benefit’. Both governments have identified technology as a central component of the geopolitical competition with China, and the need for the authorities in Washington and London to work in closer partnership in this area.

Our panel discussion with partners from the Special Competitive Studies Project (SCSP) will take stock of the state of the competition with China, and the role that technology is playing. The SCSP is a US-based bipartisan, not-for-profit initiative focused on providing policy prescriptions to strengthen the competitiveness of the US and its allies and partners for a future where artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies reshape national security, the economy and society.


Yll Bajraktari, President and CEO, SCSP

Joe Wang, Senior Director for Foreign Policy at SCSP

Rama Elluru, Senior Director for Society at SCSP

Justin Lynch, Senior Director for Defence at SCSP

The panel will be chaired by Professor Malcolm Chalmers, Deputy Director-General of RUSI.

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