Made In China 2025: China’s Technology Innovation Strategy and Its Impact on the West


JOIN US for this special screening of the controversial, hit Chinese film, Ten Years, and tech talk with special guest speaker, Scott Kennedy (Deputy Director, Freeman Chair in China Studies, and Director, Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy at CSIS) and Sara Hsu, Asst.Professor of Economics and Forbes Contributor, on China’s controversial Made In China 2025 policy (launched in 2015), it’s impact on global technological innovation, and China’s growing dominance in automated robot manufacturing and artificial intelligence.

“If Made in China 2025 unfolds as planned by the Chinese leadership, it will present a threat to the economic prosperity of industrial countries. These countries will need smart responses to China’s state-led effort if they want to secure a level playing field in the future.” — Jost Wübbeke (Can China Become a Leader of Innovation?)

What is Made In China?

“Made in China 2025” is an initiative to comprehensively upgrade Chinese industry. The initiative draws direct inspiration from Germany’s “Industry 4.0” plan, which was first discussed in 2011 and later adopted in 2013. The heart of the “Industry 4.0″ idea is intelligent manufacturing, i.e., applying the tools of information technology to production. In the German context, this primarily means using the Internet of Things to connect small and medium-sized companies more efficiently in global production and innovation networks… The plan was drafted by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) over two and a half years, with input from 150 experts from the China Academy of Engineering.” — Scott Kennedy (Made In China 2025, CSIS)

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Ten Years Film Screening

We will show a screening of the film, Ten Years, followed by a thought-provoking presentation on China’s innovation strategy by Scott Kennedy. Ten Years is the 2015 dystopian film that imagines what Hong Kong will be like in the year 2025.

“It offers a vision of the semi-autonomous territory in the year 2025, with human rights and freedoms gradually diminishing as the mainland Chinese government exerts increasing influence there. Produced on a shoestring budget, the film was a surprise hit, beating Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Yau Ma Tei cinema where it was first released. Due to the film’s sensitive political themes, mainland Chinese authorities censored reports mentioning Ten Years except in terms of condemnation. State television channels and major internet sites were prohibited from broadcasting the 35th Hong Kong Film Awards live as the film was nominated for the Best Film Award, which it eventually won.” — Wikipedia

Read an interview with the film’s director, Ng Ka Leung, on it’s controversy and clash with the mainland Chinese authorities HERE.

Guest Speakers

Scott Kennedy, Deputy Director, Freeman Chair in China Studies, and Director, Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy, Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Kennedy (@KennedyCSIS) is a leading authority on China’s economic policy and its global economic relations — specific areas of focus include industrial policy, technology innovation, business lobbying, multinational business challenges in China, global governance, and philanthropy. Kennedy has been traveling to China for almost 30 years and has interviewed thousands of officials, business executives, lawyers, nonprofit organizations, and scholars. He is the author of The Business of Lobbying in China (Harvard University Press, 2005) and (with Chris Johnson) Perfecting China Inc.: China’s 13th Five-Year Plan (CSIS, 2016) and the editor of three books, including Beyond the Middle Kingdom: Comparative Perspectives on China’s Capitalist Transformation (Stanford University Press, 2011) and The Dragon’s Learning Curve: Global Governance and China (Routledge, forthcoming). His articles have appeared in a wide array of policy, popular, and academic venues, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, China Quarterly, China Journal, and the Journal of Contemporary China.

For over 14 years, Kennedy was a professor at Indiana University (IU). From 2007 to 2014, he was director of the Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business, and he was the founding academic director of IU’s China Office. From 1993 to 1997, he worked at the Brookings Institution. Kennedy received his Ph.D. in political science from George Washington University and his M.A. in China studies from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.


Sara Hsu
, Asst.Professor of Economics, Research Director at the Asia Financial Risk Think Tank in Hong Kong, Commentator on Chinese Economy and Financial Sector, Forbes Contributor

Hsu is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and has published over six books and fifteen journal articles on the Chinese economy and financial sector. She has published one of the only English language books on the topic of Chinese informal finance, entitled Informal Finance in China: American and Chinese Perspectives, as well as one of the only Chinese-language books on Chinese shadow banking.

She has written about current events in the Chinese economy in The Diplomat, the Nikkei Asian Review, East Asia Forum, China Brief, and China World. I earned my PhD in Economics from the University of Utah and my BA from Wellesley College.

Sara Hsu’s Recent Articles:

Twitter: @SaraHsuChina

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Start Time

6:00 pm

April 17, 2017

Finish Time

9:00 pm

April 17, 2017


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