The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is the democratic world’s most significant strategic challenge and the United States’ pacing military competitor. Beijing has achieved this status primarily because of its growing economic power and enormous technological progress over the past half-century. China is seeking to build on this success by becoming dominant in a set of critical advanced technologies which, if successful, would give it economic, military, and even political dominance over the entire world. The risks to this country’s economic well-being, military security, political freedom, and Western democratic values are too serious for Congress not to pause and consider the downsides of recent proposed antitrust legislation directed at precisely the handful of U.S. technology giants on whom this country relies to win the competition with China. Countering this threat from China requires that the United States support and harness the creative energy and technical know-how of its successful Big Tech firms. I have written more on this subject here.
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