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China Innovation Policy Series

In 2016, CSIS launched the China Innovation Policy Series (CIPS). The purpose of this initiative is to better understand both Chinese innovation policy and the actual performance record of Chinese efforts at high-technology innovation, and on that basis, assess the implications for industry, China’s trading partners, and the global economy.
To address these issues, CIPS research is divided into three categories. The first is an overview of general trends in innovation in China based on examining the inputs and outputs to innovation and on cross-national comparison. The second are studies on six sectors that are high priorities for China: the digital economy, new-energy vehicles, commercial aircraft, semiconductors, artificial intelligence, and pharmaceuticals. The third is a stream of research that examines how China’s technology progress is related to its overall power and international influence. Specific areas of focus include: China’s overall innovation performance, Chinese participation in global R&D ecosystem, China’s involvement in international standards development organizations, and China’s effort at civil-military integration. Over the life of the initiative, reports are being issued in each area, and CSIS is hosting events to discuss these reports and the broader issues that will shape China’s innovation path and how others in government and industry should respond.
CIPS is managed by the Freeman Chair in China Studies in cooperation with the Strategic Technologies Program at CSIS. The report authors are: Scott Kennedy, deputy director of CSIS’s Freeman Chair in China Studies and director of the Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy; James Lewis, senior vice president at CSIS; Samm Sacks, senior fellow in the Strategic Technologies Program; and Will Carter, deputy director and fellow in the Strategic Technologies Program. Research support is headed by Qiu Mingda of the Freeman Chair in China Studies.
To read the reports and for more information on the project, visit the CIPS microsite.

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, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), and the Smith Richardson Foundation.