Organizer: Foreign Affairs Association e. V., Foreign Affairs Association
Theme: “China’s Digital Strategy: The Digital Silk Road”
Interview: Tyson Barker (DGAP) and Dr.Beatrice Bischof (Moderation)
Date: 11. November 2020.
Conversation between Tyson Barker (Head of Technology and Foreign Policy, DGAP) and Dr. Beatrice Bischof (Member of the Board of Directors of the Foreign Affairs Association e. V.)
The digital silk road is a growth story. The digital economy of China will in the future cover the “entire spectrum” of technologies. In the most remote areas of the world, data sets and smartphones are used to create entrepreneurs. China makes its citizens rich, but at the same time keeps them under control. The system of “digital Leninism” is an export hit, but it competes with the liberal democracies. The race for global influence has begun and it is digital.
Tyson Barker is a program manager for technology and foreign policy at the German Society for Foreign Policy (DGAP). Previously he was u. a. Deputy Executive Director and Fellow at the Aspin Institute Germany, responsible for Digital and Transatlantic Programs, Senior Advisor in the Office for European and Eurasian Relations at the US State Department, and Director for Transatlantic Relations at the Bertelsmann Foundation. He has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Politico, The Atlantic, The National Interest, and “Der Spiegel”.