Technology Policy, R&D, and Innovation in China Traditional Approaches, and New Challenges

Székely-Doby, András (2012) Technology Policy, R&D, and Innovation in China Traditional Approaches, and New Challenges. In: China - EU Cooperation for a Sustainable Economy. Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, pp. 57-72. . ISBN 978-963-503-497-0

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China’s long term development path has always been strongly infl uenced by its own ways of innovation and invention. Though around one thousand years ago China had been undoubtedly the most advanced country in the world, by the 17th century Europe had surpassed it. And when the PRC was founded in 1949, it was only a poor, severely underdeveloped country without adequate, modern technologies. In the last three decades, however, the country has achieved remarkable success in economic terms: China has become the second largest economy in the world, and its new economic, fi nancial and trading power has made it clear that the dominance of the USA and Europe has passed. At the same time China is still lagging behind technologically. Though there are huge efforts to narrow the gap, it is extremely diffi cult to build up a new technological and innovation system without deep, organic foundations. China, however, has rich experience of innovations from the past, and the question is whether it is possible to use them to formulate a new technology policy. In this paper I will try to examine China’s technology system, its functioning and its prospects, while comparing it with the traditional ways of innovations in China. I would like to show that current technology policy is, at least partly, based upon traditional values, and that high tech research, R&D, and state of the art innovations can be reconcilable with several thousand-year-old approaches.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:China, Innovation, R&D
Subjects:Knowledge economy, innovation
ID Code:1554
Deposited By: Ádám Hoffmann
Deposited On:09 May 2014 10:22
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