WASHINGTON A congressional commission established to monitor U.S.-China economic and security relations will probe China's domestic and foreign-funded research and development during a hearing scheduled for July 16.
According to the U.S.-China Econonomic and Security Commisison, a panel of experts will examine a range of issues related to China's technology R&D policies and trends. Specific topics will include:
Is China placing a greater emphasis on basic rather than applied research?
Is Beijing able to leverage R&D conducted in China by foreign companies?
Does Beijing attempt to dictate the "nature and scope" of R&D projects in China?
Does China's military cooperate with universities and state-owned businesses on R&D projects?
U.S. military analysts have long been concerned that the results of R&D projects in China could be used for military modernization. Kathleen Walsh, a professor of military affairs at the Naval War College (Newport, R.I.), is scheduled to testify at the hearing. Walsh has focused on Beijing's military intentions, including links between Chinese technology R&D, military modernization and the economic consequences of offshoring R&D to China and other Asian technology hubs.
Civil-military integration "underlies [China's] entire strategy," Walsh said in a 2005 interview with EE Times, affecting a broad range of U.S. policies, especially how to handle dual-use technology exports to China.
Kent Hughes, director of science, technology and the global economy at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, is also scheduled to testify before the commission about Chinese R&D trends.