Attention, diplomats and foreign policy experts. Soon you will have to work or compete against a new type of robot with the potential to change the game for international policy forever. Diplomacy is similar to strategic desktop games. One country is making its move and others follow. Everybody wants to win.

Artificial intelligence is good in on-board games. To start the game, the system analyzes the previous game, learns lessons from the defeat, or even has repeatedly played against itself to conceive a strategy that you can hardly imagine.

Inspired by the excellent ability that artificial intelligence shows in complex desktop games, China is working to develop technology for foreign policy purposes.

There is information that the country’s foreign ministry has tried several prototyping systems for artificial intelligence to assess risks for investment projects abroad, coups or terrorism. One of the systems set up by the Chinese Academy of Sciences is looking for models in a huge amount of data – from conversations on diplomatic receptions and cocktails to satellite images to allow them to get into possible strategies.

“Artificial intelligence systems can use scientific and technological power to read and analyse data in a way that people cannot match,” Dr. Feng Shuai said, a senior co-worker in Shanghai Institutes for International Studies.

President Xi Jinping announced that by 2030. China should become the most important centre, in regard to innovations in the field of artificial intelligence. China’s ambition to become a global leader has greatly increased the burden and challenge for its diplomats. The ‘One Belt, One Road’ Initiative, for example, includes nearly 70 countries with 65 percent of the world’s population.

The unprecedented development strategy requires up to $900 billions of investment every year for infrastructure construction, some in areas with high political, economic or environmental risks.