The Brookings Institution hosted this webinar following the launch of the Global China technology collaboration between Brookings and CSET. Read the reports here and watch the full event.
China’s ambition to “catch up with and surpass” the West in advanced technologies, as well as concerns about how Beijing may deploy or exploit such technologies, have become significant drivers of geopolitical competition. While the United States has maintained a technological edge for decades, China has made major investments and implemented policies that have bolstered its economic growth, military capability, and global influence. Nevertheless, there is significant debate about the gap between China’s technological ambitions and achievements, and the long-term prospects for its development of key technologies.
Foreign Policy at Brookings hosted a virtual event to explore these and other questions. This virtual event consisted of two panels that address issues surrounding the global technology infrastructure and U.S.-China technology competition. This event complements the next installment of papers as part of the Brookings series on “Global China: Assessing China’s Growing Role in the World.”
Analysis in this release focuses on technology competition between the United States and China, as well as China’s ambitions and development of 5G wireless technology, artificial intelligence, financial technology, biotechnology, surveillance technologies, technology alliance management, space technology, and regulation of leading U.S. technology companies.
- Introductory Remarks
- John R. Allen, President, Brookings
- Jason Matheny, Director, CSET
- Panel: Global Technology Infrastructure
- Moderator: Chris Meserole, Deputy Director, Brookings
- Aaron Klein, Brookings
- Nicol Turner Lee, Brookings
- Carrick Flynn, CSET
- Frank Rose, Brookings
- Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Brookings
- Panel: U.S.-China Technological Competition
- Moderator: Tarun Chhabra, CSET/Brookings
- Michael Brown, Defense Innovation Unit
- Tom Wheeler, Brookings
- Elsa Kania, Center for a New American Security
- Andrew Imbrie, CSET
- Scott Moore, University of Pennsylvania