China seeks to change from imitator to innovator

China’s National Human Genome Centre threatens to overtake the US (photo: dpa)
China’s National Human Genome Centre threatens to overtake the US (photo: dpa)

In the world of technological innovation, China is often decried as the great imitator, a maker of cheap fakes and an intellectual property thief. But is this an accurate picture? China’s global impact in research and development is growing and in some areas, such the processes surrounding the building of infrastructure, it is at the cutting edge. GIS guest expert Professor James Woudhuysen assesses the prospects for China to shape the world.

FOR many years, China - like Japan before it - has been condescended to about its record in technological innovation.

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China’s reliance on cheaply imitating Western technologies is a staple of...

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