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started its manned space program four decades after the United States, but it
is making great strides while the American effort stagnates. Beijing has
long-term plans for a manned lunar base and is testing antisatellite weapons at
record altitudes. There appears to be little will in Washington to commit to a
multi-decade program needed to stay ahead of the Chinese, and no other country
appears able to compete on equal terms.
China has long played catch-up in many industries, but it no longer needs to chase in high-performance computing. The country now has the two fastest supercomputers in the world, and has put itself in the forefront of a wave that will one day overwhelm binary digital technology – quantum computing. If China establishes leadership in this field, it could close the military technology gap with the United States and shift the geopolitical balance.
Europe is worried about low and declining productivity growth. Most politicians and experts have a simple solution: more high-tech investments and more education, especially for young people. But it is questionable whether this proposed fix is realistic or will bring about the desired outcome. The educational visions that...
Professor Enrico Colombatto
Recent polls indicate that more Swedes now want their country to join Nato than those who want it to remain outside the alliance. In the Swedish political landscape, this represents something of an earthquake, upsetting a traditional consensus on non-alignment. And it is the obvious result of mounting pressures from Russia. But Nato membership is likely far off – a...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Greater Chinese electronics giant Hon Hai - a major supplier of Apple’s iPads and iPhones - has snapped up a ten per cent stake in Japan’s leading electronics business Sharp. This strategic investment is likely to be a wake-up call to Japanese businesses and encourage other Chinese firms looking to invest in such world-class assets.
Dr. Stefan Lippert