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A closer look at China's strategy — and why the US keeps losing to it

A closer look at China's strategy — and why the US keeps losing to it (Expert Blogs and Opinion)

The current Secretary-General of the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is Houlin Zhao from China. As noted in the book “Getting to Yes with China in Cyberspace,” America is fond of drawing clear no-go lines, while China is strategically ambiguous. At the time, the U.S. resisted “reforming these organizations in a direction that would take consideration of China’s interests because it reasoned that China’s preferred rules for cyberspace would come at the expense of Internet freedom. China and Russia are expanding cooperation with each other and through international bodies to shape global rules and standards to their benefit and present a counterweight to the United States and other Western countries. We assess that China’s leaders will try to extend the country’s global economic, political, and military reach while using China’s military capabilities and overseas infrastructure and energy investments under the Belt and Road Initiative to diminish US influence.

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