China leading US in technology race in all but a few fields, thinktank finds

The United States and other western countries are losing the race with China to develop advanced technologies and retain talent, with Beijing potentially establishing a monopoly in some areas, a new report has said.

China leads in 37 of 44 technologies tracked in a year-long project by thinktank the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. The fields include electric batteries, hypersonics and advanced radio-frequency communications such as 5G and 6G.

The report, published on Thursday, said the US was the leader in just the remaining seven technologies such as vaccines, quantum computing and space launch systems.


A tech friend’s comment on this article and the study: “I went to their source and it is a stupid metric. They do not define any of it by working systems. They define it by people working in industry and research papers published. The US doesn’t publish research on it’s cutting edge. There is no metric for working systems. ChatGPT is a great example. Everyone kept saying China is far far ahead in AI – and yet It is ChatGPT that actually works and has a use to do something other than spy on people. All China is like that – they manipulate the metrics. They have some smart people but they have no leadership or independent structures to build great things.” ABN

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