About the global IT race, a Chinese official said, “No one can put a stranglehold on us

China has hinted that sanctions and other attempts to disconnect or de-risk from the nation would not be successful by stating that it is capable of creating its own cutting-edge technologies. On the eve of the start of the annual session of the upper house of representatives, Mr. Lou Qinjian, a spokesman for the National People’s Congress, told reporters that “nobody can put a stranglehold on us for any known technology.” Before we create it, it’s only a question of time,” he continued during the news conference. Although China “would like to work with all countries to advance basic research,” Mr. Lou stated that the nation is prepared to act independently when needed.

 

Mr. Lou was answering a question from a local reporter regarding China’s perspective on the growing rivalry between major nations in high-tech fields including artificial intelligence, semiconductor chips, and 5G. The reporter noted that, as the battle heats up, certain nations—naming none—have turned to measures like sanctions, de-risking, and decoupling to impede China’s rise. He gave the example of China, which had to “make the decision of relying on its own efforts” after international collaboration broke down and the nation was forced to create its own satellite navigation system. In 2003, China and the European Union signed a cooperative agreement to work together on developing satellite navigation, among other things, but as trade disagreements grew, the relationship deteriorated.

 

After over 30 years of relentless research and development, the Beidou satellite navigation system is now widely used globally, according to Mr. Lou. He continued, saying that the domestic technology now powers numerous industries and is “a cornerstone for the country’s economic and social development.” According to him, Beidou “fully demonstrates that there is no difficulty that we cannot overcome as long as we work hard to build on strengths.” The solution is in stepping up efforts to create, use, and safeguard intellectual property in research and technology. Mr. Lou emphasized that China has been enacting rules and regulations to advance its high-tech industry over the past year, including some of the most comprehensive legislation on artificial intelligence (AI) in the world.

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