In recent years, the People’s Republic of China has rapidly emerged as a technology and economic powerhouse.

Today China is at the forefront in emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Telecommunications (5G networks), Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Blockchain, Connected and Autonomous Electric Vehicles (CAEVs) and big data. Furthermore, the Chinese government has engaged in many efforts to set up research and development institutions aimed to further advance the know-how and expertise of Chinese companies in these fields. Consequently, new opportunities now exist for European and Italian enterprises and research institutes to partner with their Chinese counterparts to invest in the Chinese market, exchange knowledge and maintain their leadership.

The proposed project aims at developing a thorough investigation of the advantages and criticalities of such partnerships, by also addressing relevant concerns under the profile of international law, particularly regarding the categories of technology transfer and intellectual property.