Garry Kasparov

Russian technological threat is tactical in nature, Chinese strategic.

According to the former world chess champion Garry Kasparov, while the use of technology in the geopolitical sphere in Russia is aimed at achieving short-term benefits, and China aimed at the long game.

Although Russia and China often work together due to their strained relations with the United States, Kasparov, a longtime critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, believes that a technological threat from both countries should be treated differently, writes CNBC (translation inosmi.ru).

According to him, the threat from Moscow is the “immediate benefit”: “the Threat from Russia is largely a tactical threat, the threat of possible thanks to the deft maneuvering of modern technology and undermine the foundations of the free world”.

Russia’s use of technologies for intervention in the US elections in 2016 still generates new headlines in the press, while the growth in technological power of China is becoming a Central issue in a trade war China and America.

Kasparov, the current Ambassador of safety in the company-the manufacturer of antivirus software Avast, criticizes the exploitation of technologies of Russia, linking the expected distribution of fake news on the Internet with so-called “Troll factory” — located in the Russian Agency for Internet research.

According to Kasparov, in the case of China threat “more strategic”, “It’s more about collecting data and about the long game. While Putin is concerned about dollars and short-term political benefits, the Chinese think in the scale of centuries.”

One thing is certain: Kasparov believes that “these threats are quite real.”

With regard to high-tech industries, China intends to become a global powerhouse in the framework of the program “Made in China 2025”. Beijing also aims to become a world leader in the field of artificial intelligence by 2030.

The growth of the technology sector has become a key component of intensive negotiations with the US, adding Telecom giant Huawei and other Chinese companies to the blacklist.

“We need to show strength”

Another disagreement about how Beijing responds to criticism arose between the US and China a few weeks ago, when the government responded to recent anti-government rally in Hong Kong.

After several local Chinese brands terminated contracts with the American basketball League for comments of the General Director of “Houston rockets” Daryl Maury in support of Hong Kong protests, Chinese state television has announced that it will stop broadcasting the pre-season NBA games.

Meanwhile, apparently trying to reassure China, the American gaming giant, Activision Blizzard banned a professional player in Hearthstone Chan blitzchung Ng Wai, and deprived of his earnings, when he was in the same interview he supported the protesters. However, then the company has reduced the ban period and returned the prize money.

Kasparov criticized the American company I bow to Chinese censorship, saying that the company renounces sponsorship of certain sports leagues or players due to political statements should face a boycott.

Kasparov may not be a fan of the trade war launched by trump, but when we are talking about countries such as China, he believes that “we need to show strength”: “you Need to show non-democratic countries, that patience has the limit.”

In 1985 at the age of 22, Kasparov became the youngest world chess champion, and then and active politician. In the late 90s he fought with the supercomputer Deep Blue of IBM, winning his first match and losing the second.