The China question: Beijing supports banning the use of these weapons, but not their development or production. The U.S. and NATO have argued that they need to keep autonomous lethal weapons in their arsenals as deterrence and defense against “malign” actors — all very reminiscent of the Cold War and nuclear politics.
Van Weel, the assistant secretary-general, said: “China has a seamless flow of these new technologies from the private sector into the defense realm. I’m … not sure that they’re having the same debates on principles of responsible use or they’re definitely not applying our democratic values to these technologies.”
Coyle doesn’t trust Beijing either, calling it an “insincere partner in many of their multilateral agreements.”
The article was original published at Politico EU.
The Boston Global Forum and World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid are collaborating in building the Framework for AI International Accord (AIIA) and AIIA Policy Lab, which will be organized on June 22-24, 2021.