China’s Evolving International Science and Technology Relations: Opportunities and Challenges


HKUST IEMS Academic Seminar
Denis Simon
Tuesday 21 October 2014 at 12:00 - 1:30 pm (Hong Kong time, GMT +8)
IAS Lecture Theater, Lo Ka Chung Building, Lee Shau Kee Campus, HKUST


Since the announcement of the open policy in 1978, China has steadily expanded the breadth and depth of its S&T relations with the rest of the world. S&T cooperation is viewed by the PRC government as a strategic tool for expanding China's access to the cutting edge of scientific and technical knowledge. And, bilateral and multilateral S&T cooperation also is viewed as a strategic mechanism for closing the gap between China and the rest of the world in critical science and technology fields. Since the 11th Five-Year Plan (FYP), a series of critical policy changes have been introduced into China's strategy for developing and leveraging its vast array of international S&T ties. These changes were expanded further in the 12th FYP; additional policy changes are now occurring as part of the next phase of S&T reforms. This presentation will examine and analyze the new evolving strategic posture for S&T cooperation that China has adopted at the national and local levels. Along with examining the new policy initiatives coming out of Ministry of Science and Technology, the presentation also will take a close look at the growing impact that China is having on the international S&T system, especially in terms of the growing role and scale of foreign R&D in the PRC.

About the Speaker

Professor Denis F. Simon is Senior Adviser to President for China and Global Affairs and Executive Director of the University Design Institute at Arizona State University in the U.S. He also serves as Foundation Professor of Contemporary Chinese Affairs in the School of Politics & Global Studies. His research is focused on the development of science, technology and innovation in China and East Asia. Prof. Simon’s distinctive competence is that he is one of a select number of global experts with dual knowledge of both international business strategy & technology management and Asian business systems and innovation processes. Among his key publications is China’s Emerging Technological Edge: Assessing the Role of High-End Talent (Cambridge University Press, 2009). Prof. Simon holds a PhD in Political Science from University of California, Berkeley.


China’s Evolving International Science and Technology Relations: Opportunities and Challenges

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