China Innovation Policy Series


News & Opinion

China’s Rapid Drive into New-Generation Cars: Trends, Opportunities and Risks

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Event Information 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
10:00 am - 11:30 am

CSIS | 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, DC  | 2nd Floor Conference Center

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This is the third of seven studies of CSIS's China Innovation Policy Series (CIPS), a joint project of the Freeman Chair in China Studies and the Technology Policy Program to better understand Chinese innovation policy, the actual performance record of Chinese innovation efforts, as well as the implications for various industries, China’s trading partners, and the global economy. 

One of the most noteworthy elements of China’s high-tech drive is its push to develop new-generation cars. China is by far the world’s largest producer and consumer of electric vehicles, and its focus on electric and autonomous cars and promotion of ridesharing has potential global consequences for this sector and the nature of transportation. To understand these trends and their implications, the Freeman Chair’s Scott Kennedy will first provide an overview of recent developments in Chinese policies and its auto sector. He will then moderate a panel discussion with leading experts from industry and academia on a range of issues about China and the industry more generally. 
 We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of our partners: Microsoft Corporation, the General Electric Foundation, the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Semiconductor Industry Association, and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).



Scott Kennedy
Deputy Director, Freeman Chair in China Studies; Director, Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy


Zachary S. Kahn
Director of Government Relations - North America, BYD Heavy Energies.

John Stoll
Detroit Bureau Chief, Wall Street Journal

Anand Shah
Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group

Jonas Nahm
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced and International Studies

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