This interactive map series illustrates how China’s Digital Silk Road is advancing Beijing’s technological reach in four areas: wireless networks, surveillance cameras, subsea cables, and satellites.
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Overcoming the barriers to a free trade agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom, the world’s largest and fifth-largest economies, could balance China’s rise and infuse the digital future with democratic standards.
China’s technology ambitions appeared imperiled by Covid-19, but the pandemic is already providing new opportunities for China’s rise as a technology power and global provider of digital infrastructure.
While the core focus of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is on traditional infrastructure deployments, it is evident that the Digital Silk Road is a key part of the overall BRI strategy, and China will leverage technology to increase its influence along the route.
Huawei’s “Safe City” products, including facial recognition and surveillance technology, have fueled concerns that China is exporting authoritarianism. A new dataset analyzes Huawei’s growing global footprint, questions the benefits its technology provides, and identifies issues for further research.