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Quantum Technology Briefing: Quantum Hegemony? — China's Ambitions and Advances in Quantum Science and Technology

December 6, 2018 - 1:30pm
Elsa B. Kania
Harvard University and Center for a New American Security
China is positioning itself as a powerhouse in quantum science. Within the past several years, Chinese researchers have achieved a track record of consistent advances in basic research and in the development of quantum technologies, including quantum cryptography, communications, and computing, as well as reported progress in quantum radar, sensing, and imaging. Their breakthroughs demonstrate the successes of a long-term research agenda that has dedicated extensive funding to this domain while actively cultivating top talent. China’s rise as a powerhouse in quantum science was displayed to the world with the August 2016 launch of the world’s first quantum satellite. Since then, China’s launch of new national “megaprojects” in quantum communications and computing reflect the continued prioritization of these technologies. At the highest levels, China’s leaders recognize the strategic potential of quantum science and technology to enhance economic and military dimensions of national power. China’s advances in quantum technology could impact the future strategic balance, perhaps even leapfrogging traditional U.S. military-technological advantages.
This briefing is open to the public. No visit request is required
Host: Charles W. Clark,
Physical Science Complex 2136