Diplomat calls for a demonstration of open societies’ ability to thrive
China and Russia must not emerge victorious from the coronavirus pandemic, British Ambassador to the United States Karen Pearce said, calling on the West to demonstrate the ability of open societies to thrive.
In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Pearce said that the United Kingdom and the United States need to work closely together to meet the strategic challenge posed by China and Russia as they recover from the pandemic.
In particular, she emphasized the risk that China could set the rules for future technological development in areas such as artificial intelligence. Pearce compared this to the spread of nuclear technology in the 1950s.
“We don’t want to wake up one day and find Chinese standards in areas like artificial intelligence and cybernetics,” the diplomat said, adding that would be “too authoritarian” and new technologies should benefit “open markets.”
“The second major challenge is strategic competition from Russia and China, especially China,” Pearce said. – “We need to get it right again so that open societies thrive and recover from the pandemic.