How Sustainable Is the China Innovation Juggernaut

November 3, 2021 - 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Craig Allen,Paul Triolo and Matt Turpin
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The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law's seminar series "Conversations on Innovation: New Thinking and New Approaches" seeks to shed light on innovation policy issues that are on the horizon.

In a relatively short period of time, China has gone from being perceived as an innovation laggard to being viewed as an “innovation juggernaut.” Not so long ago, China’s innovation system seemed beset by a broad range of critical deficits: not enough money, not enough talent, and an obsolete, outdated infrastructure. In recent years, the situation seems to have changed dramatically. R&D spending has been growing 15–20% annually, and R&D/GDP spending in China in 2020 reached 2.44% according to the latest PRC government statistics. Chinese universities graduate 6–7 million undergraduates per year, many of whom come from education institutions with STEM programs that are approaching world class levels. And China now has a modern, advanced R&D infrastructure across many key fields with some of the best equipment available. So has China’s “long march” to become a global technological leader been successful? More importantly, what are the realistic future prospects for China’s innovation system, especially in light of Western constraints on cross-border research collaboration and the flow of advanced know-how into China in fields like semiconductors and artificial intelligence? This panel of seasoned experts will provide insights into the key variables that will shape China’s emerging technological trajectory.

The program features Craig Allen, US-China Business Council, Paul Triolo, Eurasia Group, and Matt Turpin, Hoover Institution, in conversation with Dr. Denis Simon, Executive Director of the Center. After the discussion, there will be ample time for questions from the audience.

Sponsored by The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law; co=sponsored by the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies and the Duke University Asian/Pacific Studies Institute. 

This online program is free and open to all; however, registration is required.

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  • Duke University Center for International and Global Studies
  • Asian/Pacific Studies Institute