Rethinking China’s Rise: New Ways to Compete and Cooperate on the Environment, Technology, and Beyond

Perry World House Weekly Seminar

Scott Moore, Director of China Programs and Strategic Initiatives at Penn Global

12:00pm - 1:30pm | Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk

Dr. Moore will present his paper which aims to reframe increasingly polarized debates on China’s rise in the context of a shared, but deeply contested, future. Its core message is that China’s relationship with the world has entered a new phase marked by shared challenges like climate change, public health, and emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and genetic engineering. Yet while the need for collective action between China and other countries keeps growing, so do profound differences over human rights and other basic values. These differences mean the world cannot count on cooperation with China to tackle shared challenges – especially at the national level. Understanding how China shapes the future through sustainability, technology, and ideology shows the world’s response to its rise must change in several ways. First, other countries must find ways to protect the planet by competing with China as well as cooperating. For clean energy development in particular, competition might be just as effective. Second, despite growing tensions over technology, the world must mount a major effort to engage China in regulating gene editing and other transformative new technologies. Third, to compete effectively with China, liberal-minded countries must more effectively bridge the public and private sectors and work more closely with subnational and non-state actors including city governments, universities, and industry groups. Finally, the United States and other democracies need to invest far more in the intangible assets and infrastructure, including education systems, immigration reform, data governance, norms, and standards, that are the source of greatest competitive advantage in the twenty-first century.


For the time being,  PWH will conduct seminar in a hybrid format. Please feel free to join us at PWH for socially-distanced boxed lunch at 11:30am, after which we will move to the seminar room. Those who are unable to make it in person are encouraged to join via the following Zoom link, which will remain the same each week.

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