Is blockchain new battlefield in US-China tech war?

The US government is prioritizing “distributed ledger technologies” (DLT), the tech underpinning cryptocurrency and blockchain, in its strategy for maintaining the superpower’s edge over its rival China.

DLT is one of 20 focus areas on the National Security Council’s “critical and emerging technologies” shortlist, which was released Thursday, Coindesk reports.

The NSC’s strategy calls for investing in, developing, adopting and promoting the technologies.

Artificial intelligence, data science, quantum computing and “space technologies,” weapons of mass destruction mitigation technologies are also included on the shortlist.

However, the document did not contain any hard numbers or a clear implementation plan.