Can China Become an Innovation Superpower? Join Us for a Future Tense Event.

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Oct. 3 2012 11:48 AM

Can China Become an Innovation Superpower? Join Us for a Future Tense Event.

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A laboratory in Beijing

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U.S. election-year rhetoric presupposes that China’s economic might knows no boundaries and that it poses a threat to America. But though China is a manufacturing giant, the country is not known for its innovation—and some experts doubt that that can ever change. Will China succeed at fostering creative incubators on par with Silicon Valley and America’s great research universities? And, contrary to the conventional wisdom, should Americans root for China’s innovators?

Join us on the morning of Friday, Oct. 12, at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C., for “Arms Race vs. Relay Race,” a Future Tense event about China’s attempts to encourage innovation. Our speakers will be Steve LeVine, Washington correspondent for Quartz magazine and a Bernard L. Schwartz fellow at New America; Denis Simon, vice provost for international strategic initiatives at Arizona State University; Yifei Sun, associate professor of geography at California State University-Northridge, Adam Segal, senior fellow for China studies at the Council on Foreign Relations; and Yasheng Huang, professor of international management at MIT.

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For more information and to RSVP, visit the New America Foundation website.

Future Tense is a partnership of SlateNew America, and Arizona State University.