EVENT ADVISORY: Competing at Full Strength in 5G: How the United States Can Counter China and Unleash the Power of American Innovation

Washington, D.C. — The growing competition with China presents both risks and opportunities for the United States. The global shift to 5G is proving to be a key battleground, and it is one in which the United States has more advantages than many observers realize.

Please join the Center for American Progress on October 14, 2020, for a discussion on China and the 5G challenge. The discussion will begin with Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), who will share his views on U.S.-China strategic competition and the latest steps the U.S. Congress is taking to help American companies and workers compete at full strength in 5G and other high-tech sectors. CAP will then host a discussion among leading American 5G experts, including some of the great American innovators generating new approaches to 5G that could revolutionize the market. This event will detail the steps Congress is taking to make that happen and what needs to come next.

If you have any questions for our panel, please submit them on Twitter using the hashtag #CompetingFor5G or email them to .


Opening discussion on U.S.-China competition:
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee
Mara Rudman, Executive Vice President for Policy, Center for American Progress

Panel discussion on the 5G challenge:
John Baker, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Mavenir
Lindsay Gorman, Fellow for Emerging Technologies, Alliance for Securing Democracy, German Marshall Fund of the United States
John Mezzalingua, CEO, JMA Wireless
Steve Papa, CEO, Parallel Wireless

Melanie Hart, Senior Fellow and Director for China Policy, Center for American Progress


Wednesday, October 14, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET


You must RSVP to watch the livestream event by clicking this link. An email will then be sent with instructions on how to watch.

For more information, please contact Sam Hananel at  or 202-478-6327.