China’s Competitiveness

January 30, 2013 • 7:00 – 8:30 pm EST

Myths, Realities, and Lessons for the United States and Japan

To download full report and cases studies that this event presented please visit China's Competitiveness: Myths, Realities, and Lessons for the United States and Japan.

We all know about China’s immense economic growth. Until recently, most of this growth came from producing labor-intensive, low-value-added goods. Today, China is trying to move beyond low-end production and up the value chain. Beijing promotes this with targeted policies including technology transfer, subsidies, and financial support for expansion by Chinese firms into the global market. These policy goals have at times struck decidedly nationalistic and protectionist tones, raising concerns for both businesses and governments.  

CSIS and Japan’s 21st Century Public Policy Institute have looked at five Chinese firms (Huawei, Lenovo, Suntech, Shanghai Auto, and China South Locomotive), examining the factors that led to their rise, and assessing  their global competitiveness and how Western companies and governments should respond. Copies of a  detailed report on the Chinese industrial policymaking process will be available at the event. This project was made possible by generous support from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. 

With Remarks by

Charles Freeman
VP Global Public Policy and Government Affairs, PepsiCo & Senior Advisor, CSIS

James Lewis
Director and Senior Fellow,
Technology and Public Policy Program, CSIS

Nathaniel Ahrens
Deputy Director and Fellow, 
Hills Program on Governance, CSIS

Kiyo Aburaki (by video)
Former U.S. Representative,
21st Century Public Policy Institute

Moderated by

Michael J. Green, 
Senior Vice President for Asia & Japan Chair, CSIS
Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University

The event will begin with remarks by Michael Green, Nathaniel Ahrens, and Kiyo Aburaki, followed by reaction and commentary from the other panelists, who are project commissioners for the CSIS report. It will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Michael Green. Refreshments will be served.


Charles Freeman
Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Freeman Chair in China Studies
James Andrew Lewis
Senior Vice President; Pritzker Chair; and Director, Strategic Technologies Program