August 15, 2020

In a U.S.-China Tech Divorce, Businesses Would Have to Pick Sides

Featuring Elsa B. Kania

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Journalist Christopher Mims

Like a celebrity couple splitting on account of irreconcilable differences, China and the U.S. might be leaving a huge mess in their wake as they go their separate ways. The latest custody battle over technology companies has manifested in threats, rejoinders and lawsuits. What’s happening now, and what happens next, has major ramifications for any companies that depend on technologies from, or do business with, either nation.

Which of these great powers will come out ahead is anyone’s guess. The rest of this century seems likely to be an experiment to determine whether China can develop (or otherwise acquire) all it needs to maintain a modern technocratic surveillance state—not to mention expand its Chinese customer base to replace lost sales from beyond its borders.

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Authors

  • Elsa B. Kania

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

    Elsa B. Kania is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. Her research focuses on Chinese military...