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Principled Interdependence: How to Maintain America’s High-Tech Advantages over China

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Tuesday, December 07, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dr. Scott Kennedy (CSIS)
China Innovations 2021

Although both Washington and Beijing have explicitly said they oppose decoupling of our two societies, both are actually still pursuing policies to attenuate connectivity along a number of dimensions in order to mitigate a variety of risks they see arising from such connections. The result could lead to a substantial reduction in bilateral ties as well as a possible fragmentation of the global economy. This presentation seeks to achieve several goals: 1) Take stock of how much decoupling has occurred to date; 2) Re-evaluate the risks and opportunities that come from being highly connected and de-coupled; and 3) Consider how an alternative approach, "principled interdependence," may be a more effective strategy than decoupling to manage the US's relationship with China.

About the speaker: Scott Kennedy is senior adviser and Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). A leading authority on Chinese economic policy, Kennedy has been traveling to China for over 30 years. His specific areas of expertise include industrial policy, technology innovation, business lobbying, U.S.-China commercial relations, and global governance.