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Competition for technological supremacy is intensifying between the United States and China, leaving Canada and other middle powers stuck in the crossfire. Middle power countries like Canada closely monitor the combative dynamics between Beijing and Washington for fears of entering an era of renewed great power competition as a new Cold War. Heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic as China and the United States compete to vaccinate their population and accelerate a post-pandemic economic recovery, both countries continue to be locked in prolonged conflict with very little progress made on de-escalating tensions.

In the first instalment of the Canada Institute's Thinking Canada series, Schwarzman Scholar Darren Touch writes on the potential for U.S.-Canadian strategic alignment and collaboration in research and development, arguing that both countries need to overcome a fundamental difference on deepening cross border collaboration driven in part by the United States' techno-nationalistic ambitions.

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Darren Touch

Darren Touch

Schwarzman Scholar;
Schwarzman Scholar, Tsinghua University (Beijing, China); Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Canada China Forum
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Bound by common geopolitical interests and strong economic and cultural ties, Canada and the United States enjoy the world's most successful bilateral relationship. The Wilson Center's Canada Institute is the only public policy forum in the world dedicated to the full spectrum of Canada-U.S. issues. The Canada Institute is a global leader for policymakers, academics and business leaders to engage in non-partisan, informed dialogue about the current and future state of the relationship.     Read more