James Fallows: Why Silicon Valley Shouldn't Worry About China
Rather than worrying about China, he argues that Americans should be turning the magnifying glass on what's happening here, instead. "Silicon Valley, like America as a whole, has more to fear from its own failures and blind spots than anything the Chinese can do," he argues. The strength of Silicon Valley, he explains, lies in its "strong universities, venture capital activity, and the United States’ infrastructure and public policy." However, the public and private sectors need to get on the same page about how to address the internal issues that threaten to dismantle the Valley's success. And that, he says, has nothing to do with China.
Fallows has spent decades writing on the economic and political climate of China—even living in the country for an extended period of time. Reporting about China since 2006, Fallows recently released a book, China Airborne, on its booming airline industry. As The Atlantic's National Correspondent explains in his talks, we have a lot to learn about China's advancements—but we shouldn't shudder in fear about its breakneck growth. A well-respected reporter, Fallows unpacks some of the most misunderstood notions about the nation and explains how we can better understand these massive changes. Not only that, but he shares strategies for better improving our industry here at home to ensure we stay competitive in a rapidly changing world.