Wietholtz-Eisert: advised caution for research cooperation + Huawei crime story
China has long since ceased to be merely the global workbench. The People's Republic is striving for global leadership in electric cars, IT, and many other high-tech fields. The promotion of innovation, research, and science is high on Beijing's agenda. But scientists must not repeat the mistakes of corporate leaders, warns Almuth Wietholtz-Eisert of the Leibniz Association in our interview. While scientific collaboration with China should be regarded as something positive, it should not lead to one-sided technology transfer and support for the repressive goals of the CCP. However, when it comes to funding science, Europe could learn a thing or two from China.
State subsidies and intervention in the free forces of the market have played a pivotal role in China's economic rise. German companies seem to have slowly noticed this as well, as Juergen Matthes from the German Economic Institute (IW) explains in today's opinion piece. According to an IW survey, many German companies are calling for a robust trade policy towards China, since subsidies have been identified as the main cause of tougher competition from the People's Republic. But whether trade barriers actually benefit the German export industry and ensure its innovation and technology leadership is a different story