China’s Great Gamble:  Can China’s Government Create a Technological Superpower?

China’s Great Gamble: Can China’s Government Create a Technological Superpower?

Barry Naughton, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
February 22, 2019

Over the past several years, China’s government has launched an unprecedented effort to steer its economy through a new technological revolution and create a vast new infrastructure network knitting together China and its Asian neighbors.  Less widely noticed, China’s leaders are attempting to achieve this through an entirely new model of a “government-steered market economy.”  China’s efforts create new sources of risk and have already led to intensified friction with the United States.  Professor Naughton will describe and discuss what we know right now about the bigger picture, the likely balance of success and failure, and what is at stake.

Dr. Barry Naughton is the So Kwanlok Professor, School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego.  Naughton’s work on the Chinese economy focuses on market transition; industry and technology; foreign trade; and political economy. His first book, Growing Out of the Plan, won the Ohira Prize in 1996, and a new edition of his popular textbook, The Chinese Economy: Adaptation and Growth, appeared in 2018.  Naughton received his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 1986.

Supported by Drs. David & Kathy Hsi, Urban Enhancement Trust Fund and Sandia National Labs