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Episode 03 – China’s Digital Silk Road & the Tech Battle

About this Episode

In this episode of Dragon Road, Arif Rafiq speaks to Elina Noor about the emerging China-US rivalry in the digital space.

China has transformed itself from an exporter of cheap manufactured goods to a leading player in the technology space, like from artificial intelligence, to blockchain, and from 5G to e-commerce. China’s emergence has caused great anxiety in the West, especially in Washington DC, due to suspicions about China-backed enterprises like Huawei and ZTE providing a backdoor to the Chinese government to spy on Western citizens.

In this episode of Dragon Road with Ms. Noor, we discuss the impact of this rising rivalry in Southeast Asia, or the ASEAN region. Ms. Noor argues that ASEAN countries are used to being in the center of great power rivalry, hence there is no panic among them. She recommends that Western nations need to recognize the agency of the locals in the region to better compete with China.

About the Guest

Elina Noor is Director, Political-Security Affairs and Deputy Director, Washington, D.C. Office at the Asia Society Policy Institute. A native of Malaysia, Elina’s work focuses on security developments in Southeast Asia, global governance and technology, and preventing/countering violent extremism. She has been associated with the Brooking Institution, the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, and the Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia, and she also serves on the ICRC’s Global Advisory Board. Elina holds an LLM and an MA in Security Studies.

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A Non-Resident Fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC and president of Vizier Consulting, LLC, a political risk advisory firm focused on the Middle East and South Asia.