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Why Decarbonization Requires Globalization: An Interview with Michael Davidson

In this interview for Big Data China, Ilaria Mazzocco speaks with Michael Davidson (UC-San Diego) about the political economy of China’s climate policies and the impact of U.S. policy responses on achieving America’s own climate goals. Davidson, an assistant professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department…

The Big Data China 2nd Annual Conference: A Recap

On December 5, 2023, CSIS’s Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics and the Stanford Center for China’s Economy and Institutions (SCCEI) co-hosted the second annual Big Data China conference. Sub-titled, “Prospects for China’s Growth and Foreign Relations in an Era of Competition,” the conference featured experts from the academic and policy communities, who shared…

China Is Growing Old Before It Becomes Rich: Does It Matter?

China’s Demographic Difficulties In 2022, after six consecutive years of declining birth rates, China recorded its first annual population decline since the early 1960s. According to a forecast by the United Nations, China’s population is set to fall from 1.426 billion in 2022 to 1.313 billion in 2050 and drop below 800 million by 2100….

Measurement Muddle: China’s GDP Growth Data and Potential Proxies

How Do We Know if China is Growing?  How fast is China’s economy growing? Or given the recent trends, how much is it slowing down? Obtaining a reliable answer to these seemingly straightforward questions has proved amazingly elusive. Despite the production of mountains of official data and a plethora of unofficial estimates, these are questions…

Chinese State Media Abroad: More Effective than Expected

Over the past two decades, China has become an increasingly active and important international actor. The country is a global power on the diplomatic stage and increasing numbers of Chinese citizens, businesses, and government officials are shaping China’s image abroad. However, Chinese leaders may be discovering that global influence does not always correlate with popularity….

Can Chinese Firms Be Truly Private?

As China’s economy moved away from state planning and policymakers introduced market reforms in the 1980s and 1990s, many observers expected that in addition to promoting the growth of the Chinese economy, privatization would also have substantial political implications. Most importantly, it was thought that the rise of the private sector could lead to the…

Governance by Data: How China’s Party-State Keeps Its Pulse on the People 

The 20th Party Congress in Beijing in November highlighted just how much power Xi Jinping and his closest allies have concentrated in their hands. Control is more centralized than ever, and surveillance is ubiquitous in China. While these trends have consolidated the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) power and further reduced public opposition, such a system…

How U.S.-China Tensions Have Hurt American Science

There is a growing concern in Washington that the United States government, its companies, and universities have helped drive the rapid growth of China’s high-tech sector to the detriment of America’s overall national interest. Accusations of intellectual property (IP) theft and state-sponsored industrial espionage by China have loomed large in the bilateral relationship. These concerns…

The China Shock: Reevaluating the Debate

As the U.S.- China relationship continues to deteriorate, the role of trade has come under increasing scrutiny. Commercial exchanges between the two countries used to be the ballast of the relationship. Trade was understood to benefit both countries economically and helped reduce tensions on political and strategic issues. Over the past decade, this has changed…

Doing Fieldwork in China: Evolution and Prospects

Field research over the last four decades has been critical to increasing the world’s understanding of China. There are many other research methods including careful reading of documents and the media, surveys, databases, scraping websites, satellite imagery, but field research provides unique learning opportunities. One would be hard-pressed to legitimately call someone who rarely if…