As the 21st century progresses, the question on everyone’s mind is: who will be the global economic and innovation leader? America or China? It’s a question that becomes even more critical when you consider the incredible progress China has made since it opened its economy in 1978. Back then, America was producing four times more steel than China, but now China produces 12 times more steel than America. And it’s not just steel – China is now the world’s largest carmaker and is ahead of America in 37 of 44 important technologies that will shape the future of our world, including 5G and drone technology.

These are troubling statistics that show China is gaining on the U.S. economically, and it’s clear that China’s leaders are determined to surpass us. They want to lead the world in terms of comprehensive national power and international influence. If America wants to maintain its position as the global economic leader for the rest of the 21st century, we need to take action now. We must protect ourselves from unfair trade practices, up our own game to enhance our competitiveness, and ensure our people are better prepared to lead and innovate.

This means attracting the best and brightest from around the world to stay ahead, hardening our supply chains by producing more goods in the U.S., and pursuing strong partnerships between nations and between our public and private sectors. We need to focus on fueling innovation on next-generation technologies like artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and biological technology to keep America No. 1.

The American Dream has always been fueled by hardworking, ambitious, and innovative people, and now it’s time to take charge and lead the world in innovation and economic growth. We can’t afford to wait any longer – developing a comprehensive plan to stay ahead of China must be a pressing priority for our entire country.
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