China is pushing for advanced AI while eliminating the need to import foreign technology to make its military systems as powerful as that of America. China’s leadership is of the view that adopting AI is critical to the future of global military and economic power competition, according to a new report published by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).
In October 2018, Chinese President Xi Jinping China said the country should “achieve world-leading levels” in AI technology and lessen its vulnerable “external [foreign] dependence for key technologies and advanced equipment.”
It is worth mentioning here that many Chinese leaders are worried that pursuing global leadership in artificial intelligence may stimulate arms race between China and the West.
At the same time, Chinese leaders believe that ever-increasing military use of AI is inevitable.
Zeng Yi, a senior executive at China’s third largest defense company, was quoted as saying: “In future battlegrounds, there will be no people fighting.” By 2025 lethal autonomous weapons would be commonplace…”We are sure about the direction and that this is the future,” he predicted.