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SOAS China Institute

China’s High-Tech Innovation Drive: Domestic Results, Global Implications

Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy (Senior Advisor and Director of the Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy, Center for Strategic and International Studies)

Date: 19 June 2019Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 19 June 2019Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: S209

Type of Event: Seminar

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China has set amazingly ambitious goals in achieving high-tech leadership. Although China has made substantial overall progress in the last two decades, performance across sectors has varied widely. The effect on China’s trading partners and global industries likewise has also varied. China’s performance record has important implications for how Western governments and industry should respond.


Scott Kennedy is Senior Adviser in the Freeman Chair in China Studies and Director of the Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS). A leading authority on Chinese economic policy, specific areas of focus include industrial policy, technology innovation, business lobbying, US-China commercial relations, and global governance. He is the author of China’s Risky Drive into New-Energy Vehicles (CSIS, November 2018), The Fat Tech Dragon: Benchmarking China’s Innovation Drive (CSIS, August 2017), and The Business of Lobbying in China (Harvard University Press, 2005). He has edited three books, and his articles have appeared in a wide array of policy, popular, and academic venues. He is currently writing a book, tentatively titled, The Power of Innovation: The Strategic Importance of China’s High-Tech Drive. From 2000 to 2014 Kennedy was a professor at Indiana University; while there he created the Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business and was the founding academic director of IU’s China Office. Kennedy received his Ph.D. in political science from George Washington University and his M.A. in China Studies from Johns Hopkins-SAIS.


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