The China Center's annual Bob and Kim Griffin Building U.S.- China Bridges Lecture features high-profile speakers who are experts in a wide range of timely and critical China-related topics, from economics and business to culture and politics. The event is free and open to the public.

2019 Griffin LectureKaiser Kuo

Technology Tensions in the U.S.-China Relationship

Tuesday, March 12
4:00 p.m. — Social Hour
5:00 p.m. — Lecture and Q&A

In the tech world, China has routinely been dismissed as a mere copycat, incapable of "real" innovation. Now, some insist that China is threatening to overtake the U.S. in critical technologies like advanced robotics and artificial intelligence. Technology issues have moved to the center of an increasingly tense bilateral relationship. Why has China provoked such anxieties among Americans? Should the U.S. be so concerned? And what are the sources of China's competitive strength? Join Kaiser Kuo at the 18th annual Bob and Kim Griffin Building U.S.-China Bridges Lecture to explore these and other questions about the role of technology in U.S.-China relations.

Kaiser Kuo is host and co-founder of the Sinica Podcast, the most popular English-language podcast on current affairs in China. Until April 2016, Kaiser served as director of international communications for Baidu, China’s leading search engine. In 2016, Kaiser returned to the U.S. after a 20-year stint in Beijing, where his career spanned the gamut from music to journalism to technology. Kaiser also spent a year in Beijing from 1988 to 1989, when he co-founded the seminal Chinese heavy metal band Tang Dynasty as lead guitarist. He speaks frequently on topics related to politics, international relations, and technology in China.