The Guardian reports, “The United States and other western countries are losing the race with China to develop advanced technologies and retain talent” (March 2, 2023). The Australian Strategic Policy Institute reported that out of 44 technologies tracked, China leads the world in 37, such as “electric batteries, hypersonics and advanced radio-frequency communications such as 5G and 6G.” According to the report, the U.S. leads in just seven of the remaining technologies, including quantum computing, space launch systems, and vaccines. “The critical technology tracker shows that, for some technologies, all of the world’s top 10 leading research institutions are based in China and are collectively generating nine times more high-impact research papers than the second-ranked country (most often the US).” The report went on to warn that China has the potential of developing a monopoly in eight of the technology areas.
Scientific research and development has long been a domain where the United States has been the global leader. But in recent decades, the nation has lost much of that advantage as China steadily and intentionally focuses its efforts in this area. While science and research has truly been an area of pride for the United States, Bible prophecy has long foretold that due to their arrogance and rejection of His laws, God will “break” the pride of the power of the Israelite-descended nations, including the U.S. (Leviticus 26:19). He also warned that as Israelite nations see their power wane, other nations will “rise higher and higher” (Deuteronomy 28:43). The rise of China in this area and the decline of America should be no surprise to students of Bible prophecy. To learn more about China’s future, be sure to read or listen to “Is This China’s Century?”