Principal Investigator: Richard P. Suttmeier
Co-Investigator: Cao Cong

Project Description

As the technical dimensions of international problems - ranging from national security to global struggles to control disease - acquire greater salience, science and technology are playing an increasingly important role in US foreign policy. At the same time, scientific research and technological innovation are becoming increasingly globalized as important centers of scientific and engineering competence emerge in new parts of the world, with unsettling implications for national economies, employment patterns for scientists and engineers, and the distribution of capabilities of importance to national security. Globalization, in short, is changing the playing field for research and innovation, and it is becoming increasingly important for the US to incorporate these changes in its visions of what foreign policy for the 21st-century should entail. An especially important part of this new reality is China's emergence as a great economic power and, through the efforts of China's own research institutions and a growing number of MNCs attracted by the human and institutional resources available for original research and creative innovation in China, a critical site for knowledge creation, utilization, and diffusion as well.

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