Race between US and China to be tech leader may lead to Cold War: US expert Ian Bremmer

Mr Ian Bremmer, geopolitical analyst, consultant, author, and founder and president of the Eurasia Group.
An employee checks robots used for customer services at a factory in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province, on Dec 4, 2018.
An employee checks robots used for customer services at a factory in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province, on Dec 4, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

The United States is moving to roll back or limit China's reach across a broad front. But it is in technology that the strategic competition between the world's two largest economies may be sharpest.

Notwithstanding current positive noises about a deal on trade, the US and China are in a race to dominate future technology. And the term "Cold War" is increasingly being used to describe the rivalry, comparing it to the struggle for global domination between the US and the former Soviet Union from 1947 to 1991.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 12, 2018, with the headline 'Race to be tech leader may lead to Cold War, says US expert'. Print Edition | Subscribe