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 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 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’s military
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 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 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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