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Europe Must Recognize China for What It Is

Posted by hkarner - 13. Februar 2020

Date: 11‑02‑2020

Source: Project Syndicate by George Soros

George Soros is Chairman of Soros Fund Management and the Open Society Foundations. A pioneer of the hedge‑fund industry, he is the author of many books, including The Alchemy of Finance, The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crisis of 2008 and What it Means, and The Tragedy of the European Union: Disintegration or Revival? His most recent book is In Defense of Open Society (Public Affairs, 2019). 

Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet the heads of state and government of the 27 EU member states at the EU‑China summit in Leipzig in September. Europeans need to understand that they will hand him a much‑needed political victory unless he is held accountable for his failure to uphold human rights, particularly in Tibet, Xinjiang, and Hong Kong.

MUNICH – Neither the European public nor European political and business leaders fully understand the threat presented by Xi Jinping’s China. Although Xi is a dictator who is using cutting‑edge technology in an effort to impose total control on Chinese society, Europeans regard China primarily as an important business partner. They fail to appreciate that since Xi became president and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), he has established a regime whose guiding principles are diametrically opposed to the values on which the European Union was founded.

The rush to embrace Xi is greater in Britain, which is in the process of separating itself from the EU, than in the EU itself. Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to distance the United Kingdom from the EU as much as possible and to build a free‑market economy that is unconstrained by EU regulations. He is unlikely to succeed, because the EU is prepared to take countermeasures against the type of deregulation that Johnson’s government seems to have in mind. But in the meantime, Britain is eyeing China as a potential partner, in the hope of reestablishing the partnership that former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne was building between 2010 and 2016. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Trump Wants to Double Spending on AI, Quantum Computing

Posted by hkarner - 13. Februar 2020

Date: 12‑02‑2020

Source: The Wall Street Journal

White House budget calls for annual spending of $2 billion on AI and $860 million on quantum within two years

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios says the country faces a ‘global power competition’ for AI, quantum computing and other critical technologies.

The White House on Monday proposed roughly doubling nondefense research‑and‑development spending on artificial intelligence and quantum information sciences, citing fierce global competition, while cutting overall funding for R&D.

The proposal is part of President Trump’s $4.8 trillion federal budget for the fiscal year ending in September 2021. A White House budget isn’t binding; it signals an administration’s areas of focus for congressional budget negotiations in the year ahead.

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World Population: 2020 Overview

Posted by hkarner - 13. Februar 2020

Date: 12‑02‑2020

Source: YaleGlobal by Joseph Chamie

Understanding global demographic trends is essential for government and business planners, offering insights into resolving numerous challenges. World population growth is slightly ahead of what was projected a few years ago, reports demographer Joseph Chamie. More than half the world lives in urban areas today, and that is expected to rise to 70 percent by 2050. Most population growth will continue in less developing nations while advanced economies experience population declines and greater proportions of elderly citizens due to increased life expectancy and reduced fertility rate. Chamie explains that more than 80 countries, half the world’s population, now post fertility rates below the replacement level. That leaves fewer workers available to support each individual over age 65, compelling governments and individuals to prepare for long retirements. Good planning can also prevent a variety of other hardships including food and water shortages, poverty, environmental degradation and even security crises. In 2011, former UN Secretary‑General Ban Ki‑moon pointed to the value of demographics and planning. “We cannot look at one strand in isolation,” he said. “Instead, we must examine how these strands are woven together.” –

Governments and businesses can better manage resources by planning around population trends, including urbanization and aging Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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