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News ID: 95742
Publish Date : 22 October 2021 - 22:28
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BEIJING (Dispatches) – United States officials said on Friday China’s achievements in artificial intelligence and a range of advanced technologies could eventually give Beijing a decisive military edge and possible dominance over healthcare and other essential sectors in the U.S.
The warning by National Counterintelligence and Security Center comes as national security agencies under President Joe Biden’s administration are making an aggressive public push against China, which some officials have called the greatest strategic threat to the U.S. The Biden administration has simultaneously tried to ease some tensions with Beijing that date from the administration of former U.S. president Donald Trump and seek common ground on trade and climate change.
Beijing has repeatedly accused Washington of fearmongering about its intentions and attacked U.S. intelligence for its assessments of China, including allegations that Chinese leaders have withheld critical information about the coronavirus pandemic.
Under President Xi Jinping, the Chinese government has stated its goals to create profitable technologies in robotics and other fields in plans known as “Made in China 2025”.
The U.S.’s National Counterintelligence and Security Center director, Michael Orlando, told reporters in a rare briefing that the U.S. might lose ground to China in several key areas: artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, quantum computing, semiconductors and biotechnology.
Orlando declined to say whether the U.S. should enact tougher restrictions or outright bans on Chinese investment in certain sectors, saying his role was not to suggest policy.
The remarks come amid heightened tensions between Washington


and Beijing over several issues, including Chinese Taipei.
China has called on the United States to strictly abide by the “One China” principle when handling issues related to Chinese Taipei, stressing that Beijing would not compromise on its core interests.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin made the remarks at a daily news briefing on Friday, after U.S. President Joe Biden said Washington would come to Taipei’s aid if it were to come under attack from China, claiming it had a commitment to defend the self-ruled island.
Taipei “is an inalienable part of China’s territory,” and the Taipei “issue is purely China’s internal affair, and no external interference is allowed,” Wang said, adding that no one should underestimate the Chinese people’s determination to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Wang also urged the U.S. “not to send the wrong signals” to secessionist factions in the self-governed island, and to avoid “seriously harming Sino-U.S. ties and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.”
When asked at a CNN town hall if the United States would come to the defense of Chinese Taipei, Biden had said, “Yes, we have a commitment to do that.”
Subsequently, China’s Ambassador to the United Nations Zhang Jun urged the international community to call on the U.S. to stop dragging Taipei into a war.

 

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