The Great Decoupling and the Sino-U.S. Race for Technological Supremacy


Organized by Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations in collaboration with the Financial Times, Nikkei Asian Review, and Tech Scroll Asia

After nearly 40 years of engagement, a "great decoupling" is underway between the United States and China. A focus on strategic competition is undermining bilateral links built up over decades in trade, investment, education, and other areas. If the current trend toward superpower estrangement is carried to its conclusion, it could tear the world apart. But which side — the U.S. or China — is better placed to prevail as trade and tech wars rage? Is China set on an unstoppable course toward technological dominance? 

The event will include a panel of eminent experts on technology and U.S.-China relations as well as an Oxford-style Great Debate featuring top columnists, editors, and reporters from the Financial Times and Nikkei Asian Review

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Please note that only the panel discussion will be webcast live. The Great Debate will not be available for viewing online.


On October 17, 2019, the Financial Times and Nikkei Asian Review convened an event on the same topic at UC Berekeley in partnership with the Berkeley Haas School of Business and Asia Society Center on U.S.-China Relations.To view a recording of the program go here.

Panel Discussion:

Duncan Clark, Chairman, BDA China and Author of The House that Jack Ma Built

Samm Sacks, Cybersecurity Policy and China Digital Economy Fellow, New America

Yasheng Huang, Professor of International Management and Faculty Director, MIT Sloan School of Management

Moderated by James Kynge, Global China Editor, Financial Times


Great Debate: "China will win the tech war"

For the Proposition:

Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, Financial Times

Henny Sender, Chief Correspondent, International Finance, Financial Times

Mercedes Ruehl, Asia Technology Correspondent, Tech Scroll Asia, Financial Times

Against the Proposition:

James Kynge, Editor, Tech Scroll Asia & Global China Editor, Financial Times

Rana Foroohar, Global Business Columnist & Associate Editor, Financial Times

Annie Cheng Ting-Fang, Chief Tech Correspondent, Nikkei Asian Review

Moderated by Jamil Anderlini, Asia Editor, Financial Times


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Event Details

Wed 16 Oct 2019
6:30 - 8 p.m.

725 Park Ave

New York, NY 10021

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