Présentation de l'éditeur
A populist Republican presidential candidate defies the polls to take the election. His radical agenda upends economic and trade policies of the past. He intends to build a wall along the Mexican border and deport millions of undocumented immigrants. A nation divided holds its breath. It reminds the neighbor to the south, long ridiculed and insulted, as election rhetoric intensifies, of its unhappy history with the giant neighbor to the north. A sizable Spanish-speaking electorate in the United States see the writing on the wall. A threat to deport millions is divisive. Anti-immigrant sentiment and the construction of the wall characterizes Mexico’s relations with the United States?
A resurgent China, its economic and demographic dominance in Asia established, sees an opportunity to topple a tired and divided peer competitor. Will the United States deep in industrial and economic malaise pick itself up and fight back? Does it have a strategy? Does it know it needs one? We are witnessing the reordering of the international hierarchy, the yielding of global hegemony? Is this fictional account of a clash between the United States and China, with its unsettling echoes from history, a harbinger of future events? Recent history suggests truth can be stranger than fiction.
China spends more research dollars on quantum supercomputers, chasing the elusive superposition, and entanglement advantages of quantum devices, than the rest of the world, combined. If China are constructing a qubit machine, the West know nothing about it. Publications on war gaming simulation using uncertainty modeling have disappeared. And those on data mining and quantum computing are already on restricted circulation. China absorbs most of its western educated computer scientists and mathematicians for the program. By re-examining student records and interviews with faculty staff, intelligence services have been able to piece together what might be the current capabilities of China’s artificial intelligence computer systems.
North East China has suffered severe water shortages for centuries. China’s water has to come from somewhere. The construction of twenty-seven dams on each river on the Plateau is the solution. Linked to a huge network of canals, they transform China’s agricultural position. The largest dam, on the Yarlung Tsangpo river, has a fifty-seven-gigawatt capacity. That is twice as big as the world’s next largest, the Three Gorges Dam. It also powers and cools China’s most closely guarded military secret, the Tianhe-25-M a machine comfortably capable of seven yottaflops.”