Innovation Edge: The U.S., China, and the New Geopolitical Landscape

Innovation Edge: The U.S., China, and the New Geopolitical Landscape

Virtual Briefing Series

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2023 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

In recent years, China’s tech and innovation sector has emerged as a disruptive force on the world stage, growing to rival, and in some areas, surpass that of traditional technology leaders like the United States. Companies like Alibaba, Tencent, and Huawei have achieved global recognition, not only for their size but also for their innovations in e-commerce, digital payments, 5G technology, and artificial intelligence. Alongside China’s expansive Belt and Road Initiative, how will their tech and innovation travel across the globe? Is China on track to surpass the U.S. in technology, and what does this mean for the world? What do we often get wrong about China’s tech industry, and how do those misconceptions shape global relations? What is the best way for the U.S. to react to China’s tech surge while fostering global cooperation? We invite you to a captivating discussion that delves into the intricate web of economics, innovation, and international relations.

Join us on Tuesday, January 23rd from 12PM to 1PM ET for a discussion that explores the rise of China’s tech and innovation sector and the potential repercussions for the U.S.-China relationship. Our speakers for this discussion are Robert D. Atkinson, founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), Dr. Tai Ming Cheung, director of the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, and Rebecca Fannin, founder of Silicon Dragon Ventures.


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Robert D. Atkinson

Robert D. Atkinson is founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the world’s leading think tank for science and technology policy. He is an internationally recognized scholar, a widely published author, and a trusted adviser to policymakers around the world, with expertise in the broad economics of innovation and specific policy and regulatory questions around new and emerging technologies. Rob’s most recent book, co-authored with Michael Lind, is Big Is Beautiful: Debunking the Myth of Small Business.

Before founding ITIF, Atkinson was Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute and Director of PPI’s Technology & New Economy Project. He received his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon and was named a distinguished alumnus in 2014. He received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989.


Dr. Tai Ming Cheung

Tai Ming Cheung is director of the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and a professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego, where he teaches courses on the international relations and national security of China and Chinese security and technology policy. Among the areas of his research focus include China’s efforts to become a world-class science and technology power, and the relationship between geo-economics, innovation, and national security. Dr. Cheung is a long-time analyst of Chinese and East Asian defense and national security affairs, especially defense economic, industrial and science, and technological issues.

He is the author of Innovate to Dominate: The Rise of the Chinese Techno-Security State (Cornell University Press, 2022), co-editor of The Gathering Pacific Storm: Emerging US-China Strategic Competition in Defense Technological and Industrial Development (Cambria Press, 2018), editor of Forging China’s Military Might: A New Framework for Assessing Innovation (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), and author of Fortifying China: The Struggle to Build a Modern Defense Economy (Cornell University Press, 2009). He was based Hong Kong, China, and Japan from the mid-1980s to 2002 covering political, economic, and strategic developments in Greater China and East Asia, first as a journalist for the Far Eastern Economic Review from 1988-1993 and subsequently as a political and business risk consultant for a number of companies, including PricewaterhouseCoopers. Dr. Cheung has a PhD in War Studies from King’s College, London.


Rebecca Fannin

Rebecca Fannin is an author, journalist and media founder. Her four books including Silicon Heartland (2023), Silicon Dragon, Startup Asia, and Tech Titans of China, have launched her as a speaker and commentator with appearances on CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg and talks at Brookings, SXSW, Harvard and Oxford, among others. Currently a special contributor for CNBC, she previously was a Forbes columnist for 10 years. She also has written features for Harvard Business Review, CEO and Worth. Her books have been translated in 10 languages and favorably reviewed by the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. Her work has been cited by The New York Times and Time. Earlier in her career, she joined tech publication Red Herring as an editor in San Francisco, then followed the venture capital trail from Silicon Valley to Asia’s emerging markets and became one of the first American journalists covering China’s entrepreneurial boom. In 2010, she formed media, events and membership platform, Silicon Dragon Ventures. She resides today in Silicon Valley and New York City.




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