Science in China: Implications for U.S. Public Policy

Featuring Craig Allen, President of the U.S.-China Business Council

Since the May 4th Movement in 1919, the rapid development of science has been a key public policy priority of successive Chinese governments. China now has a vast science and technology establishment that continues to grow and will increasingly play a leading role globally. Yet the motivations, values, and institutions that underlie China’s science and technology enterprise are different from those of Western European and North American counterparts. As Chinese capacity has grown, there are increasing tensions between two very different sets of world views. 

What changes — if any — should be made to counteract or balance Chinese advances? Should the United States adopt a more aggressive industrial policy to counteract Chinese policies? Should the U.S. use taxpayers’ money to subsidize industry to better compete? Should we adjust our alliance structures and partnerships to counteract China’s growth? The answer to these questions will have profound implications for the development of science and for U.S.-China relations for the foreseeable future.

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About the Speaker

Craig Allen

On July 26, 2018, Craig Allen began his tenure as the sixth President of the United States-China Business Council (USCBC), a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing over 200 American companies doing business with China. 

Prior to joining USCBC, Craig had a long, distinguished career in U.S. public service. 

His last government position was as U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam (December 2014–July 2018).

Before that, Craig served in Washington as Deputy Assistant Secretary for China (2012–2014) in the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA), and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia (2010–2012). 

He served previously as Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in South Africa (2006–2010), and as Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing (2003–2006). When in Beijing, he was promoted to Minister Counselor rank in the Senior Foreign Service.

While on a foreign service assignment to the National Center for APEC in Seattle (2000–2002), Craig worked on APEC summits in Brunei, China, and Mexico. 

Earlier posts were as Deputy Senior Commercial Officer and Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo (1995–2000), as Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing (1992–1995), and as Director of the American Trade Center in Taipei (1988–1992). He started his career in government in 1985 as a Presidential Management Intern in ITA at the Department of Commerce. 

Craig received a M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University (1985), and a B.A. in Political Science and Asian Studies from the University of Michigan (1979).


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