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Learn More About Dan Wang

Dan Wang is visiting scholar at Yale Law School’s Paul Tsai China Center and the chief technology analyst at Gavekal Dragonomics, an economics research firm based in Beijing. He is one of the most cited experts on China and technology. He lived in China from 2017 to 2023, in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai — including all three years of zero-Covid. As the technology analyst at Dragonomics, he wrote reports on the country’s technology developments for a predominantly financial audience that includes many of the world’s most prominent endowments, hedge funds, and other asset allocators.

At the Yale Law School, he is writing a trade book to be published by W. W. Norton on China as an “engineering state.” Titled “Imperial Wagers: China’s Quest to Reshape the World Built by America,” Wang proposes that understanding the competition between nations is much like comparing engineers (China) and lawyers (USA), each with its own benefits and disadvantages. His deep dives into the dynamics of China’s tech landscape and its influence on international trade and economics equip organizations with the strategic foresight needed to stay ahead in complex global markets.

Wang is a frequent podcast guest, appearing on “The Ezra Klein Show” at The New York Times, and multiple times on Bloomberg’s “Odd Lots,” Ben Thompson’s “Stratechery” and Kaiser Kuo’s “Sinica.” His essays have been published in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Financial Times, New York Magazine, Bloomberg Opinion and The Atlantic. Wang has presented to a range of senior American and European government officials. He has given corporate keynotes to major financials, including UBS and Jane Street, as well as tech firms like Stripe, Apple and Intel.

Wang studied philosophy at the University of Rochester and previously worked in Silicon Valley.

Dan Wang is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

Dan Wang was last modified: April 9th, 2024 by Meg Virag

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Understanding China's Tech Strategy

For leaders, staying ahead means understanding the direction and strategies of the world’s tech juggernauts. Dan Wang, a Yale scholar and renowned expert on China and the global technology landscape, delves into the heart of the trade wars, China’s ambitious tech strategy, and the widespread tech crackdown. Drawing from his firsthand experience and extensive research — focused on semiconductors, clean tech, as well as Beijing’s other priorities— Wang sheds light on China’s tactical maneuvers within the tech industry, from stringent regulations on its tech giants to strategic moves in the US-China trade conflict. He explores the broader implications of these policies on global trade, technology innovation and geopolitical dynamics to deliver insights into the complexities of international tech relations, how to best prepare for the ripple effects of China’s tech policies and how to seize the coming opportunities amid challenges they present. With a unique blend of expertise and clarity, Wang equips leaders with the knowledge to strategize effectively when international policies are marked by tension and transformation.

Xi Jinping's Grand Strategy For Taking On The United States

Understanding the enigmatic Xi Jinping, China’s current leader, is critical for global leaders seeking to navigate the increasingly complex landscape of international politics and economics. Dan Wang, a top-cited expert on China and Chief Technology Analyst at Gavekal Dragonomics and Yale scholar, brings organizations an exclusive look into the mindset of Xi Jinping and his “Grand Wagers” for the global future. With a unique vantage point formed through years of on-the-ground experience and deep analytical research, Wang demystifies the personality, policies and priorities shaping China today. From Xi’s centralization of power to his ambitious “Made in China 2025” strategy, Wang’s insights help leaders see the nuances of Xi’s approach to global dominance and technological innovation. Organizations receive a comprehensive understanding of Xi’s impact on global markets, the US-China relationship and strategies for engaging with China under Xi’s leadership. Deeply knowledgeable, Wang delivers an indispensable guide for anyone looking to comprehend the motivations behind China’s quest to reshape the world order and how it affects global business and geopolitical dynamics.

Engineers vs. Lawyers: The Foundations of the Chinese and American Economies

The contrasting economic philosophies of China and the United States may be at the root of the countries’ differing approaches to innovation. Dan Wang, a leading China technology analyst and Yale scholar, peels back layers of economic strategy to reveal a compelling analysis of China’s “engineering state” versus America’s “lawyerly society.” Drawing from first-hand experience and his highly anticipated upcoming book, “Imperial Wagers: China’s Quest to Reshape the World Built by America,” Wang explains how China’s focus on innovation positions it as a formidable force in technology and infrastructure. Meanwhile, the US, with its slower, legal approach, faces challenges in maintaining its competitive edge in manufacturing and large-scale projects. Wang’s insights provide a unique perspective on an urgent question of the moment: why is China so good at building while America appears woefully slow? He brings leaders actionable strategies for maneuvering within both economies, understanding the implications for global trade and technological competition, and how to leverage these insights for strategic advantage.

Powering Ahead: China’s Ambitions for Clean Tech and EV Domination

As the global climate changes, becoming a leader in the clean technology space is critical for organizations and governments around the world. Dan Wang, Yale scholar and Chief Technology Analyst at Gavekal Dragonomics, brings an exclusive and in-depth exploration of China’s efforts to dominate the clean tech and EV sectors. With a focus on China’s “Made in China 2025” strategy and its significant investments in solar power and electric vehicle batteries, Wang explains how China aims to make the world reliant on its innovations. His analysis reveals the broader implications for global markets and the competitive landscape, highlighting the necessity for organizations to adapt and innovate in response to China’s maneuvers. An exceptionally accessible tech expert, Wang offers decision-makers strategic insights into navigating the clean tech and EV markets while leveraging China’s ambitions. Through Wang’s expertise, leaders gain the knowledge to compete and thrive in this quickly changing industry.