Instead of restricting Chinese students from U.S. academic and scientific research, U.S. concerns and policy responses should focus on how to counter the tactics and mechanisms that China’s party-state exploits for tech transfer, Emerging Technologies Fellow Lindsay Gorman and the Center for a New American Security’s Elsa B. Kania argue in Foreign Policy.
The pandemic threatens a reckoning in U.S.-China relations. COVID-19’s arrival has highlighted the range of risks that can arise from the connectivity between the two countries. American policymakers are grappling with complex questions about how to recalibrate the character of U.S.-China economic interdependence and technological entanglement. But some of the answers that have been proposed are far too simple and may backfire on U.S. competitiveness.