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Arms Race vs. Relay Race: What Does Innovation Hold for China?

China has become a global manufacturing superpower, and U.S. election-year rhetoric presupposes that China’s economic might knows no boundaries, and that it poses a threat to America. But doubts persist about the nation’s ability to ever become an innovation superpower. Will China succeed at fostering creative incubators on par with Silicon Valley and America’s great research universities? And, contrary to the zero-sum nature of political rhetoric, should Americans root for China’s innovators?

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Yasheng Huang@MITSloan
Professor of International Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Adam Segal –@adschina
Senior Fellow for China Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Denis Simon@ASU
Vice Provost for International Strategic Initiatives, Arizona State University

Yifei Sun –@CSUNorthridge
Associate Professor of Geography, California State University, Northridge

Steve LeVine@stevelevine
Washington Correspondent, Quartz magazine
Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow, New America Foundation