China: A new word for innovation

Danwei picks up on an article in the English-language China Daily newspaper, which begins: “China has launched a national campaign to enhance its capability for innovation. But experts advise that does not mean China always has to be the original inventor.” Also, the paper is looking for editorial staff, notes Jeremy Goldkorn.


  • What’s the meaining of: “… does not mean China always has to be the original inventor”???
    Does this mean then that China will encourage intervention of foreign “innovation consultants” rather than invest in local minds?

  • Well, quite. It’s not entirely clear. Perhaps the thinking is along the lines of Japan’s development in the seventies and eighties, where the innovation came not so much in the form of outright invention, but in the form of innovative products making use of existing technology.

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