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China is aggressively pursuing a strategy of global dominance in areas including economy, military and technology, warmed Keoki Jackson, senior vice president and general manager of MITER’s national security sector.
“China has laid out a multigenerational strategy,” Jackson told Fox News Digital at the Aspen Security Forum last month. “It’s very ambitious and it intends to be competitive or dominant in economics, military and technology, to name just the top three.”
Jackson also warned that the Chinese government is attacking areas of leadership in the United States, including the theft of technology and intellectual property, the forced transfer of technology and the granting of subsidies in their fields. priorities.
“These are things that we have to fight not only from the United States, but also from our allies and partners,” he added.
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There is “always more to do” when it comes to countering Chinese influence abroad, Jackson advised, stressing the importance of engaging in the Indo-Pacific region and Oceania.
“I think we’ve probably offered a policy of a little benign neglect for many, many years,” he said. “We need to reconnect with these traditional partners.”
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Jackson noted that China’s investments around the world often come with “strings attached” and that the United States can offer an alternative that can provide security and prosperity.
“We must present this alternative to the authoritarian vision that comes [from China]and really focus on proving the benefits, be it security, prosperity, for all these nations, that come with the democratic values and the freedoms that we stand for,” he added.
Investing in technology, Jackson said, is essential to maintaining the United States’ role as a global superpower.
“We have to recognize that incentives are important, not just monetary incentives, but incentives, broadly,” he said. “I’ll just put it this way: the United States shouldn’t disarm unilaterally in what is a global competition, when you think about things like semiconductors, for example.”
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In order to maintain America’s technological advantage, Jackson also stressed the importance of investing in a “highly skilled technical workforce.”
“I think we’re doing a great job of resolving some of the historic challenges we’ve had in helping people understand the value of these types of STEM careers and what they can do for themselves, their families, and of course, for the nation, for the technology as a whole,” he said.
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“I think we still have some work to do to maybe address some of the inequities and access challenges. So diversity, equity, inclusion are clearly areas where we need to bring in a much wider range of our American population to allow for what competition we are going to need in the future.”