The United States vs China in a war for Technological Superiority


Jorden McVeagh, Editor

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China has been a global superpower for many years now, and they are wanting to increase their global standing in a war of technology with the US. On Oct. 7t, President Biden released a new set of regulations on China hindering their ability to purchase advanced microchips and the equipment necessary to make those chips without the proper licensing. The new set of regulations also restricts the US civilian from helping certain chip manufacturing facilities located in China in order to develop the chip. This has created a tech war between the United States and China, a war that Chinese leader Xi Jinping is eager and wanting to win. He believes that by doing so China will have officially arrived as a tech superpower on the global scale, and he believes that the new regulations are unfair and prevent China from taking the necessary steps in propelling their country to the next level. The United States has become a hub for chip manufacturing, and the rest of the world is almost dependent on the US and other countries in order to design, make, and fabricate the chips. The new regulations are hitting China in both the short- and long-term. While it restricts their ability to produce and gain access to chips as of now, the country will also be affected in the long run. Mark Williams and Zichun Huang, both analysts at Capital Economics, stated, “Chinese firms will lose access not only to advanced chips, but to technology and inputs that might over time have allowed domestic chipmakers to climb the ladder and compete at the cutting edge.” This goes to show how much the regulations placed by the Biden Administration will hurt the Chinese economy and tech industry in the future. There is little chance for true tech advancement, and they believe it will extremely hurt China’s chance at becoming the leading tech superpower in the world. The chips in question are an important component in the making of smartphones, self-driving cars and arms manufacturing. With this in mind, the US has made it public that the reasoning behind the regulations was to protect national security interests. As of 2025, Beijing has targeted for China to become a, if not the, global leader in a multitude of different industries, and the tech sector was not one left off the list. Pair this with leader Xi Jinping coming back for an unprecedented third term, and China may be on their way to achieving that benchmark. With the shipping industry struggling to get shipments across the oceans it will be interesting to see how this plays out for China. China will focus on achieving this domestically by creating a talent pool large enough that all their technological goals will be completed by their set deadlines. China has been a country threatening the US in terms of global supremacy for years now, and with the world shifting to a more technologically based world by the day, it will be interesting to see where the scales shift in the coming months and years.

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