Bloomberg Television & Asia Society: Technology, Innovation, and U.S.-China Collaboration

On August 9th, at 9:00 PM Eastern Time, Bloomberg Television broadcast a special report as part of its New Economy Forum, Technology, Innovation and U.S-China Collaboration, organized in partnership with Asia Society Northern California. The report consisted of a panel debate followed by audience questions from Asia Society members. 

Speakers included Samm Sacks, Cybersecurity Policy and China Digital Economy Fellow at New America; Susan Shirk, Chair, 21st Century China Center and Professor at the University of California, San Diego; Joy Tan, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs at Huawei Technologies USA; and Ken Wilcox, Chairman of Asia Society Northern California.  The panel was moderated by Bloomberg TV’s Emily Chang, Anchor and Executive Producer of Bloomberg Technology, and was hosted by Andrew Browne, Editorial Director at Bloomberg New Economy Forum.

The panel discussed the ongoing trade war with China, its short-term impact and long-term consequences on both the US and China. While the panel mostly agreed on the fact that a tech cold war was going on, they disagreed over the extent of control that China had over its tech companies, and the distinction between public and private in China. Susan Shirk argued we could have a productive relationship if we adopted a "high fence, small yard" approach, narrowly defining the list of technologies that should be restricted from China. Samm Sacks said that instead of a list there should be a framework of technologies restricted from China, while Ken Wilcox said that fear of Chinese influence and intentions should not be allowed to create a fear of Chinese Americans and Chinese studying in America. Everyone agreed on the benefit of allowing Chinese scientists and researchers to work in America, while disagreeing on Chinese President Xi's role in the ongoing trade war-some believed new leadership was required, while others believed Xi could take good faith measures to improve the current situation. The panelists then engaged in a lively Q&A with the audience. 

Asia Society Northern California would like to thank all of the panelists for joining the discussion and especially to Bloomberg Television for collaborating on this timely topic.

Watch the edited discussion below (22:48):