Magazine November 1, 2021, Issue

Why China Is Winning the War for High Tech

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It funds development of the technologies that will dominate the world.

‘China Demonstrates Most Powerful Quantum Computer.” That was the headline from the Australian scientific journal Cosmos this July, which came with this subject line: “Google trumped as physicists set a new quantum computing record.”

The story told how China’s Zuchongzhi programmable quantum computer had surpassed Google’s best quantum computer in solving the kind of complex problem that would stump even the fastest supercomputers, such as factorizing large numbers. The announcement is one more indication that China is on track to achieve what every cybersecurity expert fears, and every politician outside Beijing should fear: the creation of a large-scale quantum computer that

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Arthur Herman is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and the author of, most recently, The Viking Heart: How Scandinavians Conquered the World (Houghton Mifflin, 2021).

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