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China Will Soon Lead the U.S. in Tech


Illustration shows an eagle, representing USA, in a crow's nest spying on China.

Although the U.S. remains the global leader in many important races, including aeronautics, medicine, and nanotechnology, China has emerged as a serious competitor.

Credit: Phil Foster

Recent congressional spending proposals, such as the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and the $1.7 trillion social-spending package, have included investments in research and development in areas such as green technologies and energy storage. While these investments are greatly needed, it will take more attention to and investment in strategic technologies to compete with China.

Unless the U.S. can organize a national response analogous to the mobilization that created the technologies that won World War II, China could soon dominate the technologies of the future and the opportunities they will create.

From The Wall Street Journal
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