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China's High-Tech Surge: Investing in America and Innovation

The Asia Society and the Rhodium Group launch a report on Chinese high technology investment in the United States.

April 3, 2014 3:00pm to 5:30pm

In April 2014, Asia Society and the Rhodium Group launch a report on Chinese high technology investment in the United States. The study surveys the state of play and is intended to provide common ground for the ongoing debate, often ideological and acrimonious, over U.S-China high tech trade and investment in sectors such as information technology, life sciences, and clean technology.

Key topics include drivers of Chinese high-tech investment, current trends, and risks and opportunities for the U.S. posed by the investment boom. The report also offers a series of recommendations to policymakers and business leaders in both the U.S. and China.

Drawing from the Rhodium Group’s proprietary database of Chinese investment in the U.S., the report’s scope is national, but given the industry’s distribution, it is the most relevant to audiences in California, New York, and other high-tech clusters in the U.S. The report is co-authored by Daniel H. Rosen and Thilo Hanemann of the Rhodium Group.

The new study builds on two previous Asia Society-Rhodium Group efforts, An American Open Door? Maximizing the Benefits of Chinese Foreign Direct Investment (April 2011), which looked at Chinese direct investment into the U.S.; and Chinese Direct Investment in California (October 2012), which focused on investments in California.

As Chinese outbound investment shifts from natural resources into more advanced, innovation-intensive industries, a rapidly increasing share is going into U.S. IT, cleantech, biotech, advanced transportation, and more. What are the hottest sectors drawing the most Chinese investment? Which Chinese firms are leading the surge and what is driving them? What are the economic and political factors behind these investments, and what are the most serious challenges they face? What is the impact on U.S. jobs, the tax base, and national security?

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Cheng Lixin, Chairman and CEO of ZTE (USA) and President of North American Region
Mark S. Greenfield, Partner, Blank Rome LLP
Thilo Hanemann, Research Director, Rhodium Group
Mark Horn, Senior Managing Director, Technology Banking, East West Bank
Kenneth Petrilla, Executive Vice President, Head of China Desk, Wells Fargo International Group
Ivan Schlager, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Ken Wilcox, Chairman, Silicon Valley Bank

Additional Speakers TBA

Clayton Dube
, Executive Director, USC US-China Institute
Jonathan Karp, Executive Director, Asia Society Southern California

Program Agenda:
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Registration
3:00 – 5:30 p.m. Conference
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Reception

$75 general
$50 Asia Society members/Supporting Organizations
*Special Rate* $100 Become an Asia Society member and receive free admission to China's High Tech Surge and discounted rates to future events. 

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The USC US-China Institute is a supporting organization of the program. Please indicate "USCI" when you register to receive the discounted rate.