Politics How to win against China? Fund science education — not just research
China Faces World's Longest Civil War in Neighboring Myanmar, A Crisis It Can't Avoid
China is "staring at possible chaos, rising anti-China feelings, and little hope that its planned China-Myanmar Economic Corridor can be materialized anytime soon," Thant Myint-U, an award-winning writer and historian of Myanmar origin, told Newsweek.In early May, as China assumed the rotating presidency of the U.N. Security Council, permanent representative Zhang Jun painted a grim picture of the deteriorating situation in a neighboring country if it continues to devolve into turmoil.
China is now rapidly surpassing us in science and technology. Increasingly, our government sees it as our main rival in the world and realizes that we need dedicate resources to fight it in cutting-edge technology or fall behind. As a result, Democrats and Republicans join together to invest money in critical cutting-edge technology to aid our nation's future.
In 1957, our nation also faced cutting-edge technology from a rival country: Sputnik - the result was the National Defense Education Act. Around a decade later, we had clearly caught up and decisively won this technological, landing a man on the moon.
For Black Voters Matter, the goal is greater community power
LaTosha Brown opened with a song. Speaking about voting rights one recent spring day in Selma, Alabama, the Black activist delivered the civil rights anthem “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize” in a voice showcasing her background as a jazz singer. She told her audience, through music, that the fight for equal access to the ballot box was as urgent as ever. The song drew cheers from a few dozen listeners, young and old, who had gathered before the brown-bricked African Methodist Episcopal church in a city known for its poverty as much as for its troubled racial past.For Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, the song served to introduce a question.“Close your eyes,” she said.
Currently, in order to enhance our nation's ability to compete against China, the U.S. Senate has rightly just passed the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, initially called the Endless Frontier Act, which seeks invest close to $250 billion in research in critical emerging fields such as robotics, semi-conductors and AI.
Yet, crucially, the federal government should also allocate funds to enhance science education. Among the world's countries, the, below the major cities of China, as well as Russia, Vietnam, Slovenia, Argentina and the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development average. In 2002, the U.S. produced more students with college degrees in science and engineering than did China (around 550,000 versus around 400,000), yet by 2015, as the U.S. (approximately 1.7 million compared to approximately 800,000).
Joe Biden Extends Donald Trump's Blacklist of Chinese Companies
President Joe Biden has signed an executive order to extend a ban on United States investments with certain Chinese companies that was first instituted by his predecessor, Donald Trump. © Alex Wong/Getty Images U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during an event in the South Court Auditorium of the White House June 2, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden's order blacklists 59 companies tied to the Chinese military-industrial complex and surveillance industry and bars people in the United States from engaging in the purchase or sale with them. It takes effect at 12:01 a.m. (ET) on August 2.
Recently on June 4, a senior U.S. official stated that flying objects might not be UFOs, but ratherappear to be developing. These countries will continue to compete strongly against us not only over the next few years, but undoubtedly over the rest of the century, if not longer, in ever-new areas. To succeed, we need to invest in not only the short, but also the long term, encouraging the next generation and producing more researchers, by bolstering science education.
Biographies of great researchers reveal how their love of science starts early.
Too often, science education involves just memorizing facts. But meaningful science education depends on observations of the world around us, and can uncover truths and become exciting and fun and exciting.
Boredom about science is contagious. Poor teachers do little to inspire their students. But excitement about science is infectious, too. Studies show that
'Hold the sand': The battle to tame China's deserts
Tree-planting has been at the heart of China's environmental efforts for decades. "If you want to fight the desert, there's no need to be afraid," sings Wang, a veteran of China's decades-long state campaign to "open up the wilderness," as he strums the instrument, called a "sanxian.
The pace of scientific and technological evolution is rapidly escalating. Ten years ago, few people thought much about AI or even knew what it was. Today, it runs our lives. So, too, 10 years from now, cutting edge technologies will again differ from those today. Other, newer areas of research will surely be shaping our lives, both aiding and potentially threatening us.
Innovative researchers emerge from a supply chain that we must nurture and support. The Senate bill includes fellowships for graduate students, but these do not replace urgent needs to encourage more students to pursue science education far earlier in their education. Today's junior and senior high school and college students, who might be excited by science, rather than bored by it, will be tomorrow's researchers.
Democrats and Republicans are now joining in a novel, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to advance science. They should continue to work together to help our nation in both the next few years and beyond that. Our nation's long-term future is at stake.
Dr. Robert Klitzman is a psychiatry professor, director of the online and in-personand a co-founder and former co-director of the Center for Bioethics in the Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons and the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He is the author of nine books, including " " (2020), " " (2015) and " ." Follow him on Twitter: .
This was one of the worst weeks for China on the world stage in a while .
The worst thing for China is for America and its allies to get their act together. Biden is doing that in Europe and the Senate is backing him up.In Washington, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate set aside their differences to pass a $250 billion industrial policy bill aimed at preparing US commerce and government for competition with Beijing. And while on a diplomatic trip to Europe, President Joe Biden is reinvigorating our ties to our allies in Europe, the G7 group of nations, and NATO. On the top of the agenda in these meetings is the question of how to counter an aggressive, totalitarian China on the rise.