On January 17, AmCham Shanghai hosted Scott Kennedy, Deputy Director, Freeman Chair in China Studies and Director of the Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Kennedy is working on a new project called the China Innovation Policy Series, which will include seven quarterly reports targeting innovation policy in six different sectors (the Internet, new-generation vehicles, semiconductors, artificial intelligence, commercial aircraft and pharmaceuticals). The session began with a short introduction by Kennedy, during which he presented some of the questions he is attempting to answer. These included concepts such as how to measure innovation and a summary of the main factors supporting and constraining innovation in China.
Kennedy then posed questions to the audience about their experiences with how companies in China interact with innovation policies and how they evaluate innovation. The discussion concluded with Kennedy fielding questions from the audience, many of which were aimed at the leadership transition in the U.S. and how it will impact businesses in China. With Kennedy providing insight into both Chinese policy and the general mood in Washington, and the attendees offering first-hand knowledge of the business environment in China, it was a productive roundtable discussion.