Some think that the current struggle between China and the United States revolves around trade. While that is certainly a part of the negotiations, people would be mistaken in thinking that is what it’s ultimately about.
The fight between the United States and China is about who will control the technology of the future and the implications of who controls it: Will it be the world’s largest authoritarian police state? Or will it be the world’s greatest free-market economy?
While our past leaders, both Republican and Democrat, were miserably mistaken about China’s ultimate goals, Donald Trump has been very clear-eyed about China’s desire to replace the United States as the center of the global economy.
A very real part of that equation is who will control future technology and networks. He recently issued a challenge to America’s innovators to not fall behind our foreign competitors.