May 16, 2023

Chinese Data Restrictions Undermine US-China Stability

Beijing has cut off overseas access to Chinese data sources in response to U.S. think tank reports that have “rattled China’s leadership,” according to the Wall Street Journal. The Center for a New American Security, a bipartisan Washington-based think tank whose research I lead, was one of the organizations whose analysis reportedly provoked Beijing’s ire.

By refusing dialogue, China increases the risk of miscalculation, crises, and even conflict.

This step to restrict data access is part of a larger crackdown by China’s leaders on information coming out of China. These moves make the United States and China both less safe. As Washington and Beijing view each other with increasing hostility, the two nations need more information and dialogue — not less — to manage the growing risks of U.S.-China competition.

Read the full article from The Messenger.

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