Significant debate surrounds the gap between China’s technological ambitions and achievements, and the long-term prospects for its development of key technologies. On May 8, Brookings hosted a virtual event to explore these and other questions in tandem with CSET experts.

AI Hubs in the United States

Melissa Flagg
| May 2020

With the increasing importance of artificial intelligence and the competition for AI talent, it is essential to understand the U.S. domestic industrial AI landscape. A new CSET data brief maps where AI talent is produced, where it concentrates, and where AI equity funding goes. This mapping reveals distinct AI hubs emerging across the country, with different growth rates, investment levels, and potential access to talent.

Pete Buttigieg: China wants four more years of Trump

The Washington Post
| May 1, 2020

In this op-ed, former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg cites CSET research by Remco Zwetsloot on China's tech talent and a report by Zach Arnold and Ashwin Acharya on China's AI R&D.

See our translation of the 2019 application process for graduate students at Zhejiang University who wished to participate in a major Chinese government-funded study abroad program.

See our translation of biographical profiles of each member of China's New Generation AI Strategic Advisory Committee, as well as government and media reporting on the committee.

Policymakers continue to debate the ability of the United States to attract and retain top international talent. This Issue Brief assesses how many international Ph.D. graduates across various STEM fields and nationalities intend to stay in the United States after completing their degrees.

China’s strategy to grow its science and technology talent includes: 1) improving domestic education; 2) attracting overseas Chinese talent; and 3) attracting foreign talent. While China’s commitment to domestic education reform has achieved remarkable results, significant challenges remain.

China seeks to develop an indigenous semiconductor industry. It is in the strategic interest of the United States and democratic friends for China to remain reliant on them for state-of-the-art computer chips, especially as Beijing invests heavily in advanced chips.

The United States and its allies must develop targeted and coordinated policies to respond to unwanted Chinese technology transfer—gathering more data, raising awareness of tech transfer, and coordinating investment screening procedures as part of a broader agenda of technology alliance cooperation.

See our translation of guidelines issued by the PRC Ministry of Science and Technology in August 2019, describes a process by which Chinese cities can apply to establish "national new generation AI innovation and development pilot zones."