The United States is currently the world leader in technological innovation, but it faces a challenger in China. It is responding by adopting measures the authors term “shielding, stifling and spurring,” such as the new export controls on Huawei.
Anthea Roberts is a Professor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University. She is an expert on public international law, international economic law, and comparative international law. She is Chair of the Geoeconomics Working Group at the ANU College of Asia and Pacific.
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This is the fourth post in a series on the new Geoeconomic World Order.
As a key element of its economic and national security strategy, China has worked to become more technologically advanced when it comes to innovating and manufacturing critical technology.
In recent years, shifts in how the United States understands its national interest have contributed to a growing convergence between the realms of economics and security.
The international system appears to be entering into a new geoeconomic world order, characterized by great power rivalry between the United States and China and the use of economic tools to achieve strategic goals.
The Chinese government is promoting international legal scholarship that advances its national agenda.