Think Tank’s Voice 2021 2nd Issue: Digital Economy is the Commanding Heights of the US-China Strategic Competition
[Abstract]On October 8, 2020, the U.S. Department of Defense released its first data strategy, outlining the eight guiding principles, four basic capabilities, and seven goals required for the Department of Defense to become a “data-centric organization”. On November 16, the US-China Science and Technology Relations Working Group of the US Congress released the “New Strategy for US Science and Technology Competition” policy report, covering the policy objectives and 16 specific recommendations for basic science research, 5G communication network, artificial intelligence and biotechnology. The policy report emphasizes the need to rebuild the US leadership in setting global technology standards, establishing technology alliances, coordinating with allies and like-minded countries, formulating common goals and establish new mechanisms. The actions taken by the US in the field of digital technology over recent years imply that the strategic competition between China and the US will increasingly focus on digital technology and related economic and social development in the future. “Digital geopolitics” offers us a new perspective to observe US-China relations and world changes.