First Secretary, Mission of Japan to the European Union
All Sessions by Ryohei Tobibayashi
22 February 2019
Made in China 2025: Will it succeed in giving Beijing global economic leadership?
08:00 - 09:00
Made in China 2025 is a massive state-led manufacturing upgrading programme launched by China’s State Council. It aims for technology self-sufficiency and to surpass the present American, European and Japanese technological leaders. Beijing has identified 10 strategic sectors, ranging from aerospace and fast-speed railway equipment to numerical control tools and robotics, and from renewable energies and electrical vehicles. If it succeeds, China will not only become a giant in new-generation manufacturing, but also attain dominance of the Internet through its infrastructure equipment and technology – with economic, military and intelligence benefits, as well as soft power. How should Europe respond to the challenges arising from Made in China 2025? What is the vision of the present world leaders in technology for new-generation manufacturing?