Should China be Considered as Having Already Taken the Quantum Leap? A three part series on quantum computing from National Defense periodical online was released this week. Part 2’s salient points:
• “China’s leaders recognize the strategic potential of quantum science and technology to enhance economic and military dimensions of national power,” said a September 2018 report by the Center for a New American Security penned by Elsa B. Kania and John Costello.
• “The Chinese Academy of Sciences wants to launch a number of micro and nano satellites over the next five years to create a quantum communications infrastructure, Kania said at a CNAS panel discussion on the report. There are reports of advances in quantum radar, quantum imaging for remote sensing and quantum navigation, which can be used for guidance on future missiles, [Kania] added.”
• “While the United States has programs in stovepipes, China has established the centralized Beijing Academy of Quantum Information Sciences.”
• “Kania, and other China watchers, have cautioned against thinking that the nation “is 10 feet tall” when it comes to these technological initiatives. ‘This will play out over years to come and it remains to be seen whether support will be sustained for the long term,’ Kania said.”