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US-China Tech Race: Spies and Lies (Part Two)

In the second episode of this season of Tech Tonic, James Kynge, FT’s Global China Editor, asks how the theft of intellectual property in China has played a part in the country’s rise as a global tech superpower.

We hear from a Silicon Valley-based FBI agent whose job it is to prevent trade secret theft, and question whether China’s “talent programs,” through which Beijing funds scientists and engineers around the world, are in fact spy recruitment networks are, or whether they are genuine attempts to lure skilled workers home and fill China’s talent gap. Experts warn that growing distrust between the US and China could jeopardize the future of science and technology exchanges.

Featuring interviews with Nick Shenkin, FBI Special Agent and Director of the Strategic Technology Task Force for the FBI’s San Francisco Field Office; Michael Orlando, acting director of the US National Counterintelligence and Security Center; Rui Ma, China tech analyst and creator of Tech Buzz China podcast; Wang Huiyao, Founder and President of the Center for China and Globalization in Beijing; Winston Ma, author and associate professor at NYU Law School; and Gisela Kusakawa, Associate Director of the Anti-Racial Profiling Project at Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

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Presented by James Kynge. Edwin Lane is Executive Producer. Josh Gabert-Doyon is a producer. Executive Producer is Manuela Saragosa. Sound design by Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor Music. FT Audio Director is Cheryl Brumley.

News Clip Credits: NBC, Global News, Micron, The Oregonian

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