US Defence Secretary Mark Esper (pictured speaking during a National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence on Tuesday) called China America’s main “strategic competitor” in the field. Photo: AFP

US military needs help from private firms and universities to beat China in AI race, says Defence Secretary Mark Esper

  • Defence secretary says national effort on par with World War II and space race needed to prevent Chinese military gaining ‘decisive advantage’
  • Esper calls for more funding and warns that China is using artificial intelligence to ‘strengthen its grip over its people’
Topic |   China military

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US Defence Secretary Mark Esper (pictured speaking during a National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence on Tuesday) called China America’s main “strategic competitor” in the field. Photo: AFP
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The Chinese and US militaries are keen to avoid mishaps in the South China Sea. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese and US defence chiefs push for stable military ties and to improve cooperation

  • In first direct talks since Esper took office in July, General Wei Fenghe underlines Beijing’s stand on various thorny issues, from Hong Kong to the South China Sea
  • Beijing ‘upset’ by departure of Patrick Shanahan, who had left room for continuing bilateral cooperation
Topic |   US-China relations

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The Chinese and US militaries are keen to avoid mishaps in the South China Sea. Photo: Xinhua
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