Thanks a lot for all these comments. My point in writing this article was not to discuss how best to regulate taxi services and how Uber should be accommodated, if at all. All I wanted to say is that very often in Europe, as opposed to the US, regulatory restrictions protect incumbents without even an indirect reference to the general interest objectives these restrictions are meant to achieve. As a result, any entry that is perceived to eliminate some rents is prohibited, completely stopping innovation in many sectors of the economy. Innovative entrepreneurs exist in Europe as well. Let them start an activity when entry does not immediately affect any general interest. Adapt regulation to new technologies instead of blocking any technological development.
Because the advancement of human knowledge should not be politicized, science and technology offer the best prospects for renewed cooperation between China and the United States. But both sides first need to lower the temperature.
worry that politics is getting in the way of the cooperation needed to advance science and tackle global problems.
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