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The Great Decoupling: China America and the Struggle for Technological Supremacy
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
For much of recorded history China had been one of the world's leading science and technology powers and viewed itself as the centre of the civilised world. But just as the West was beginning the Age of Exploration China turned in on itself lost its earlier focus on innovation and missed the Industrial Revolution. The result was the 'Hundred Years of Humiliation' at the hands of Western powers and the beginning of a long struggle for a modern identity that would preserve China's civilisational distinctiveness. In the 1980s China's ruling Communist Party inaugurated a period of economic reform that transformed the country from an impoverished and backward state into the world's second largest economy and a major global power. IT and communications were key to this transformation. Cyber space and other advanced technologies have now become a battleground in a contest for global dominance between the USA and China; how this contest plays out will shape the geopolitics of the twenty-first century. Modern technologies are based on global supply chains and interstate collaboration but as Nigel Inkster warns the tension between the two superpowers could result in a global technology decoupling--with significant consequences for humanity's future.
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