Beijing’s Innovation Strategy: Threat-Informed Acquisition for an Era of Great Power Competition
Citation: Emily de La Bruyère, Nathan Picarsic (2020/04/28) Beijing’s Innovation Strategy: Threat-Informed Acquisition for an Era of Great Power Competition.
Argues that contrary to perception of US analysts, China primarily invests in applied research and does not in the near term aim to compete on basic research. This is backed up by experimental/applied/basic breakdowns, and much research classified as basic would be applied under US classification. The worldwide relatively open research system is a cheap source of ideas for applied research. The Chinese strategy also involves gaining a near monopoly in critical technology nodes. US policymakers should adjust their strategies to account for this reality.