A professional-Bitcoin maximalist himself, Thiel believes the cryptocurrency has the potential to undermine the US.
The warning from Thiel got here at a digital occasion held for members of the Richard Nixon Foundation.
“I do wonder if at this level, Bitcoin must also be thought [of] partially as a Chinese financial weapon against the US,” Thiel mentioned.
“It threatens fiat money, but it especially threatens the U.S. dollar,” he added. “[If] China’s long Bitcoin, perhaps from a geopolitical perspective, the U.S. should be asking some tougher questions about exactly how that works.”
Interestingly, former US secretary Mike Pompeo and former National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien had been additionally current on the occasion. The dialog was largely targeted on the bitter relationships between the US and China.
The dialog was moderated by Hugh Hewitt, a chat present radio host and chief govt of Nixon Foundation.
Thiel additionally accused the tech big Google of working against the American spirit and requested staff within the firm’s synthetic intelligence (AI) division whether or not or not their applied sciences had been being utilized by China to suppress minority communities in Xinjiang area’s Uighur camps.
“Well, we don’t really know—and don’t ask any questions,” Thiel mentioned. “You have this almost magical thinking that by pretending that everything is fine, that’s how you engage and have a conversation.”
It isn’t merely Google, Thiel additionally attacked Apple Inc, describing it as an issue for the US pursuits. “Apple is probably the one [tech company] that’s structurally a real problem,” he mentioned. “Apple is the one that has real synergies with China.”