Thursday, April 28, 2022
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Scientific cooperation between the US and China has been a cornerstone of the bilateral relationship for more than 40 years. In fact, the bilateral Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement was the first bilateral treaty signed under normalization in 1979. For most of this period China had less advanced science and therefore more opportunity to learn than the US. Today, the two countries are much more equal, and thus the US has just as much it could potentially learn from Chinese science as the reverse. And yet, at this moment of parity the US has pulled away. This talk explores the puzzle as to why the US is withdrawing from a relationship precisely at the moment when it has the greatest opportunity to benefit. Using my experience as the US Science Counselor in Beijing as well as my academic research, I explore how the original construction of the relationship now threatens its future.