China Fellow; Program Officer, Geoeconomics
Yixiang Xu is the China Fellow, and Program Officer, Geoeconomics at AICGS, leading the Institute’s work on U.S. and German relations with China. He has written extensively on Sino-EU and Sino-German relations, transatlantic cooperation on China policy, Sino-U.S. great power competition, China's Belt-and-Road Initiative and its implications for Germany and the U.S., Chinese engagement in Central and Eastern Europe, foreign investment screening, EU and U.S. strategies for global infrastructure investment, 5G supply chain and infrastructure security, and the future of Artificial Intelligence. His written contributions have been published by institutes including The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, The United States Institute of Peace, and The Asia Society's Center for U.S.-China Relations. He has spoken on China's role in transatlantic relations at various seminars and international conferences in China, Germany, and the U.S.
Mr. Xu received his MA in International Political Economy from The Josef Korbel School of International Studies at The University of Denver and his BA in Linguistics and Classics from The University of Pittsburgh. He is an alumnus of the Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance, the Global Bridges European-American Young Leaders Conference, and the Brussels Forum's Young Professionals Summit. Mr. Xu also studied in China, Germany, Israel, Italy, and the UK and speaks Mandarin Chinese, German, and Russian.
In a new conversation with ChinaFile, AICGS Fellow Yixiang Xu writes:
“The European Commission’s report signals a convergence of 5G network security risk assessment between the EU and the U.S. Without explicitly naming Huawei or the Chinese government, the report addresses both the intention and capacity of “threat actors.” This lays the groundwork for a broad spectrum of risk-prevention measures which could go well beyond strict technical standards for 5G equipment. The report’s nod to managing risks in information and communications technology (ICT) supply chains and boosting indigenous industrial capacity in areas such as software development and equipment manufacturing largely parallels network security discussions within the U.S. administration and the U.S. Congress.”
This article was originally published by ChinaFile on October 18, 2019.