BERLIN – Elections tend to bring differences to the fore. That is certainly true of
the United States’ recent presidential election, in which votes are still being
tallied. Among the most bitterly contested elections in the country’s history, the
outcome will have profound implications for many aspects of US policy. And yet
there is one issue on which both parties seem to agree: the need to “stop” China.
The US government – and, increasingly, the European Commission – now largely
believes that China has secured its economic and technological gains unfairly,
thanks to its government’s pervasive influence over the economy. Geostrategists
often push this view, imagining that a government can achieve technological
superiority by investing in the fashionable sectors of the day.

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