World Big Tech fails to stand with America against China
Taiwan Official Calls China Situation 'Most Severe' in Decades Amid Chinese Military Actions
"If Taiwan were to fall, the consequences would be catastrophic for regional peace and the democratic alliance system," Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said.China's People's Liberation Army capped off four days of sustained pressure in the region with a record-setting 56 planes flying off the coast of Taiwan Monday. While the flights occurred in international airspace, Taiwanese defense forces fear any escalation.
U.S. corporations have been essential to defeating America’s enemies.
During World War II, big business made the United States the "arsenal of democracy." It helped to defeat genocidal fascism. Innovation, spurred by cooperative efforts between government and business, was equally important to winning the Cold War.
Unfortunately, today, many U.S. tech giants are unwilling to help their country counter totalitarian China. Worse still, others are aiding the Chinese Communist Party.
US-China challenge: Easing tensions despite differences
BEIJING (AP) — In a relationship as fraught as America’s and China’s, just an agreement that talks were productive was a sign of progress. Nine months into Joe Biden's presidency, the two sides finally appear to be trying to ease tensions that date from the Trump administration — though U.S. complaints about Chinese policies on trade, Taiwan and other issues are little diminished. A closed-door meeting in Zurich on Wednesday between senior Chinese foreign policy adviser Yang Jiechi and White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan was not accompanied by the public acrimony on display at earlier meetings.After the six-hour talks, the U.S.
On Sept. 2, the U.S. Air Force’s software chief, Nicolas Chaillan, resigned in protest at the current situation. In an Oct. 10 interview, Chaillan told the Financial Times that he quit over the slow pace of the technological transformation of the U.S. military.
"We have no competing fighting chance against China in 15 to 20 years," he. "Right now, it’s already a done deal; it is already over in my opinion." Beijing, he told the Financial Times, is well on its way to global dominance in sectors that will be key to the future: artificial intelligence, cybercapabilities, and machine learning.
By contrast, the cyberdefenses of several U.S. government agencies were at a "kindergarten level," Chaillan said. He lamented the Pentagon bureaucracy, lack of funding, and incapable leaders being put in charge of critical units. But Chaillan cited another reason for the U.S. falling behind: Big Tech companies.
EXPLAINER: How China flights near Taiwan enflame tensions
BANGKOK (AP) — A recent spate of Chinese military flights off southwestern Taiwan has prompted alarm from the island, which Beijing claims as its own, and is increasing tensions in a region already on edge. The flights are one piece of a complex puzzle in Asia, where the United States and its allies have stepped up their naval maneuvers and Australia announced last month it is acquiring nuclear-powered submarines in a deal seen as a direct challenge to Beijing. Meanwhile, Japan has grown increasingly vocal about China becoming a security threat. © Provided by Associated Press In this photo released by the U.S.
Google, he said, was reluctant to work with the Pentagon on artificial intelligence. That's a problem.
As Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin observed in July 2021, "Tech advances like AI are changing the face and pace of warfare." China, Austinthe National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, seeks to be "globally dominant in AI by the year 2030." Such an occurrence would have potentially horrific consequences for the future. Much of the blame can be laid at Big Tech’s door.
In 2017, the U.S. Defense Department,that it needs "to do much more and move much faster" in order to "integrate artificial intelligence and machine learning," launched Project Maven. The Pentagon hoped to find ways to use AI to update its capabilities. It sought, for example, to use AI to analyze data captured by U.S. drones.
But the Pentagon’s request for help from the private sector prompted a revolt by Google workers.
China needs a stronger message to 'tamp down' aggression against Taiwan
Washington muddles along with its policy of strategic ambiguity, unchanged since the Clinton administration.His formulaic message is not commensurate with China's increasingly aggressive actions. Beijing has heard it all before, for decades. What it has never heard - except transiently from George W. Bush and only implicitly from Donald Trump - is that America will defend Taiwan.
Thousands of Google employees wrote anto chief executive Sundar Pichai saying that "Google should not be in the business of war." They called for Project Maven to be canceled and that "Google draft, publicize and enforce a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology."
In June 2018, Google leaked to U.S. press outlets that it would not extend the 18-month contract to help the Pentagon with Project Maven. The Washington Postthat the move came after Google faced "employee resignations for helping develop technological tools that could aid in warfighting."
Google executives have sincethe impression that they’re not interested in U.S. national security ventures. In 2020, the company announced a limited with the Pentagon to counter cyberthreats.
Yet, Google’s morality is skewed.
The company has developed a major AI center in China and launchedthat military leaders warn will "help an authoritarian government exert control [over] its own population." In 2019, then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said Google "indirectly benefiting the Chinese military."
Taiwan tensions raise fears of US-China conflict in Asia
BANGKOK (AP) — After sending a record number of military aircraft to harass Taiwan over China’s National Day holiday, Beijing has toned down the saber rattling but tensions remain high, with the rhetoric and reasoning behind the exercises unchanged. Experts agree a direct conflict is unlikely at the moment, but as the future of self-ruled Taiwan increasingly becomes a powder keg, a mishap or miscalculation could lead to confrontation while Chinese and American ambitions are at odds. China seeks to bring the strategically and symbolically important island back under its control, and the U.S. sees Taiwan in the context of broader challenges from China.“From the U.S.
Chinese companies are beholden to the Chinese Communist Party. The backing of the Chinese state seems to have given Beijing a decisive advantage in an area where the U.S. can’t afford to lose.
The reluctance of Google and other Big Techto help the national defense is a significant historical departure. Big business played an important role in achieving U.S. victories in both world wars and the Cold War that followed.
Big Tech’s lack of patriotism has hurt the national interest. Should the Chinese Communist Party win the wars of the future, some of the largest U.S. corporations may very well be to blame.
The writer is a Washington, D.C.-based foreign affairs analyst. His views are his own.
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Lloyd Austin Won't Discuss 'Hypothetical' Where China Attacks Taiwan After Biden Comments .
"Nobody wants to see cross-Strait issues come to blows—certainly not President Biden, and there's no reason that it should," Austin said.Austin, who was in Brussels, Belgium, after a NATO defense ministers' meeting, did say that the U.S. was still committed to its "one China" policy, or its acknowledgment of only one Chinese government. He added that Washington hopes the situation between China and Taiwan doesn't escalate further, the AP reported.