Podcast: Will a Western “NATO for Tech” Work? (Atkinson Guest Appearance on ‘What China Wants’)
ITIF’s Rob Atkinson joins Sam Olsen and Stewart Paterson on the podcast What China Wants by Sam Olsen to talk through the realities of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s proposal to create a “NATO for Tech” to counter Chinese influence.
Key points from the discussion:
- Prime Minister Sunak has called for a NATO of technology to protect Western interests against China.
- Rob, Sam, and Stewart discuss how an arrangement would work. For example, would there be shared collective responsibility and a minimum level of investment? What would happen if there was an issue and some of the members didn’t respond?
- Rob argues that Europe has been on the sidelines while the United States has been taking China to task on problematic trade policies.
- U.S. policies like the cutting off of advanced microchips to China, and the Chip 4 alliance, are evidence that Washington is now using trade as a weapon against Beijing. The question is, will Europe help with this?