Drawing on research from his book The Fat Tech Dragon: Benchmarking China’s Innovation Drive (CSIS, 2017) (with Chris Johnson), and more than 30 years of experience traveling to China and conducting research on China’s policy process and broad industrial and technology policies, this talk will examine the commercial results of China’s high-tech drive efforts to date. The key finding is that results vary widely along two dimensions, the level of commercial success by Chinese industry and the consequences of China’s activity for the industries as a whole. The presentation will illustrate these findings by looking at specific cases, including new-generation cars, commercial aircraft, e-commerce, and semiconductors.
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Deputy Director, Freeman Chair in China Studies, and
Director, Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Scott Kennedy is deputy director of the Freeman Chair in China Studies and director of the Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy at CSIS. A leading authority on China’s economic policy and its global economic relations, he is the author of The Business of Lobbying in China (Harvard University Press, 2005) and the editor of several others, including most recently Global Governance and China: The Dragon’s Learning Curve (Routledge, 2017). His articles have appeared in a wide array of policy, popular, and academic venues, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, China Quarterly, China Journal, and the Journal of Contemporary China.