An autocratic alliance threatens American leadership

The Sino-Russian relationship has evolved in recent years, with increased military, energy and political coordination. In late February, days before Russia invaded Ukraine, the Kremlin and the Chinese Communist Party declared a “limitless” partnership.

As we watch the war unfold, “no limits” unfortunately seems like a perfectly fine nickname.

As the West imposed sanctions to cripple the Russian economy and cut off Russian President Vladimir Putin’s access to the resources needed to fight his war, Russia turned to China.

According to US intelligence reports, early in the war, Russian military hackers carried out a cyberattack on Ukrainian internet services, disrupting the country’s critical military communications. Alarmingly but unsurprisingly, China is said to have given Russia a helping hand by launching its own cyberattacks targeting Ukraine’s military and nuclear assets.

Now, as Russia’s resources become increasingly stretched, reports have surfaced that China could potentially “supply semiconductors and other technological materials to Russia as part of an effort to mitigate the impact of the sanctions imposed during the invasion of Ukraine”.

From commerce to technology to messaging, the growing coordination between these two autocratic regimes should greatly alarm Washington, Europe, and all freedom-loving nations. More importantly, this should serve as a wake-up call for Congress. In the face of a deeper Sino-Russian alliance, Washington must protect American leadership and our role as the world’s sole superpower by championing and supporting technological innovation.

TOPSHOT – Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose during their meeting in Beijing, February 4, 2022.
Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP/Getty Images

Technology is the basis of how nations manage their armies, engage in trade, and manage geopolitical affairs. Right now we live in a world where hypersonic missiles or crippling cyberattacks can be deployed with the click of a button. This means that access to microchips, quantum computing capabilities, and other advanced technologies is necessary for strong military and national defense.

With such a critical reliance on technology, we must ensure that the United States continues to carry the torch of technological prowess, especially as autocratic regimes like those in China and Russia attempt to changing the rules and standards of the Internet and radically altering global technology. countryside. Chinese President Xi Jinping has declared his intention to make China the world’s leading technology superpower, saying that “technological innovation has become the main battleground of the global playing field, and the competition for technological dominance will become unprecedented ferocity”.

Unfortunately, some American leaders would rather bow down to our adversaries — and in some cases finance — than help America’s tech sector adapt to ever-changing challenges. The Biden administration is working on a disastrous new deal with Iran that would give the terror state access to more than $100 billion. Rather, its goal should be to truly defend Americans by providing our military and technology sector with the funding they need to ensure that our nation has a modern infrastructure ready to defend us against all threats, foreign and domestic.

We live in a world that seems to be collapsing at the seams, thanks to a lack of real leadership here in America and abroad. Congress should step in now to counter the Russian-Chinese alliance and prevent the Biden administration from reinstating a disastrous deal that will almost certainly be used to fund weapons that will kill even more Americans and innocent bystanders in the future. This should easily be a problem with a veto-proof majority.

It is also critical that our elected officials ensure that the US legal and regulatory environment is conducive to promoting domestic innovation and protecting US intellectual property from theft.

Innovation is what keeps America ahead of the countries that want to supplant us. China continues its quest for economic and technological dominance, now with Russia on its side. America and our allies cannot afford to abandon our role as global leader. Our elected officials must start championing American innovation to ensure we can meet the growing China-Russia challenge. If we fail to maintain the strength of our technology sector, our own position in the world will be severely damaged and the lost ground will likely be irrecoverable.

Boris Epshteyn is a Newsweek Columnist and former special assistant to President Trump.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author.

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