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Is India Becoming a Case of Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss?

August 1, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker met with new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week to discuss efforts to deepen economic and trade ties between the two nations. However, as Rob Atkinson writes in The Hill, recent actions by the Modi government indicate that India's continued use of innovation mercantilist policies to promote domestic firms at the expense of global trade partners do not bode well for improved relations.

Microsoft Aspirations in China Meet Perilous Climate

Bloomberg
Despite the worsening environment in China, companies have no choice but to stay in a growing market of 1.4 billion people, says Robert Atkinson.

Restoring the Indian Economic Miracle

July 30, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Writing in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Stephen Ezell argues that if new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to revitalize India's economy, he needs to adopt a new economic growth strategy consisting of four key elements: embracing across-the-board productivity growth, improving India’s environment for doing business, investing in infrastructure, and seeking to attract—rather than compel—foreign direct investment.

With Microsoft in Sights, China Starts to Squeeze U.S. Tech Companies

New York Times
U.S. tech companies are increasingly concerned the “rug could be pulled out from under them” in China, says Rob Atkinson.

China Investigation of Microsoft Retaliation

July 29, 2014
In an interview with CNBC’s Squawk Alley, Rob Atkinson argues China’s recent announcement of an investigation into Microsoft’s business practices is a "show trial" and retaliation for the U.S. government filing suit against Chinese hackers.

In an interview with CNBC’s Squawk Alley, Rob Atkinson argues China’s recent announcement of an investigation into Microsoft’s business practices is a "show trial" and retaliation for the U.S. government filing suit against Chinese hackers.

ITIF Report: The Export-Import Bank is Vital to American Competitiveness

It’s Not Too Late for India’s New Beginning

July 22, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

India simply cannot usher in a new, innovative economy that will expand and sustain itself for years to come if it continues to revert back to these same tried-and-failed mercantilist practices.

China Gets November Deadline to Help Restart ITA Talks

South China Morning Post
Beijing's hosting of APEC meeting revives hopes for an agreement to expand scope of tariff cuts.

ICT Innovation Policy in China: A Review

July 21, 2014
| Reports

China is not only a producer of manufactured goods, but it is increasingly a nexus for technological innovation as a growing share of home grown, high-tech companies compete in the global marketplace. The Chinese government sees information and communications technology (ICT) both as a key catalyst for China’s transition from a manufacturing to a knowledge-based economy and as a positive influence in boosting across the board productivity and overall quality of life in China. That is why a decade ago China designated “informatization,” the adoption and enhancement of ICT in every aspect of the economy and society, as a central facet of the nation’s economic modernization strategy.

This report reviews the long-term, mid-term and industry-specific ICT policies China is utilizing to implement informatization and improve its overall international economic competitiveness. This includes the frameworks to enhance innovation and development in the “Internet of Things,” cloud computing and data innovation.

The report concludes by noting that while Chinese policy is moving in the right direction, the nation still has a long way to go to match the ICT policy framework of the United States or Europe. This would include creating policies to attract, rather than compel, ICT foreign direct investment, while reforming existing regulations and requirements to ensure domestic and foreign firms are operating on a level playing field.

The Role of Trade and Technology in 21st Century Manufacturing

July 17, 2014
Stephen Ezell discussed the impact of U.S. trade policy on American manufacturing in testimony before the Senate Finance Committee.

Stephen Ezell discussed the impact of U.S. trade policy on American manufacturing in testimony before the Senate Finance Committee.

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