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China’s struggle for tech ascendancy, with Dan Wang of Gavekal Dragonomics

China’s struggle for tech ascendancy, with Dan Wang of Gavekal Dragonomics

Update: 2021-02-047
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This week on Sinica, Kaiser talks with Dan Wang, a Shanghai-based analyst at research firm Gavekal Dragonomics, who also contributes a regular opinion column to Bloomberg. Combining firsthand knowledge of China’s tech sector with broad erudition and a humanist’s perspective, Dan offers a unique take on China’s innovation ecosystem, the country’s efforts to achieve self-sufficiency in technology, and the role of economic growth, fundamental optimism, and inspiration in China’s rise as a tech power.

13:53 : The outsize importance of economic growth

25:02 : An overemphasis on digital technology

33:55 : Reciprocity and technological codependence 

49:12 : Technology is more than just tools and patents

Recommendations:

Dan: The works of Marcel Proust, and the ham and mushrooms of Yunnan Province. 

Kaiser: The Netflix series Flavorful Origins and Great State: China and the World, by Timothy Brook.

Read Dan's 2020 annual letter: http://danwang.co/2020-letter/

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China’s struggle for tech ascendancy, with Dan Wang of Gavekal Dragonomics

China’s struggle for tech ascendancy, with Dan Wang of Gavekal Dragonomics