Hearing on China’s Pursuit of Next Frontier Tech: Computing, Robotics, and Biotechnology (VIDEO)


Industrial policies outlined in the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) and related policy announcements seek to move Chinese manufacturing up the value-added chain, establish China as a global center of innovation and technology, and ensure China’s long-term productivity in critical dual-use technologies such as computing, robotics, and biotechnology. Advancements in these sectors have previously driven U.S. technological and military superiority, and the Chinese government is looking to develop its own technological leaders and reduce its dependence on foreign technology. This hearing will examine what steps the Chinese government has taken to support these sectors, compare U.S. and Chinese technological leadership in these sectors, and consider the broader implications of these policies for U.S. economic and national security interests.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419

Hearing Agenda

9:30 AM – 9:35 AM  Opening Remarks: Commissioner Daniel M. Slane and Commissioner Katherine C. Tobin, Ph.D.

9:35 AM – 11:05 AM  Panel I: Computing

·         Addison Snell, Chief Executive Officer, Intersect360 (Testimony)

·         Mark Brinda, Partner, Bain and Company (Testimony)

·         John Costello, Senior Analyst for Cyber and East Asia, Flashpoint (Testimony)

11:05 AM – 11:15 AM  Break

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM  Panel II:  Industrial and Military Robotics

·         Henrik I. Christensen, Professor of Computer Science, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of California, San Diego (Testimony)

·         Jonathan Ray, Associate Deputy Director, Defense Group, Inc. (Testimony)

·         Patrick John Sinko, Associate Vice President for Research and Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, Rutgers University (Testimony)

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM  Lunch Break

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM  Panel III:  Biotechnology

·         Ben Shobert, Founder and Managing Director, Rubicon Strategy Group and Senior Associate for International Health, National Bureau of Asian Research (Testimony)

·         Kenneth A. Oye, Professor of Political Science and Director, Program on Emerging Technologies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Testimony)

·         Edward H. You, Supervisory Special Agent, Biological Countermeasures Unit, Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, Federal Bureau of Investigation (Testimony)

3:15 PM – 3:20 PM   Closing Remarks

3:20 PM    Adjourn