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Re-engineering China’s Innovation Machine

A series by MERICS and the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation


This special series about China’s innovation ecosystem is organized jointly by the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) and the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC). The analyses were originally presented at a conference on the Chinese National Innovation and Techno-Industrial Ecosystems in Berlin in September 2023.

How Government Intervention is Transforming China’s Industrial Economy

Barry Naughton

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Chinese flag flying in foreground. High-rise buildings in background.

National Strategic Integration: How China Is Building Its Strategic Power

Tai Ming Cheung

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National People’s Congress (NPC) in March 2023.

Whole-of-Nation Innovation: Does China’s Socialist System Give it an Edge in Science and Technology?

Jeroen Groenewegen-Lau

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Close-up photo of a microchip being added to a circuit board. The microchip bears the image of the Chinese flag.

Huawei is Quietly Dominating China’s Semiconductor Supply Chain

Antonia Hmaidi

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Huawei signage

The Communist Party’s Steering of China’s Science, Technology, and Innovation System: Aspirations and Reality

Anna L. Ahlers

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18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China

Guangdong’s New R&D Institutes: China’s Regional Tool for Innovation and Technology Transfer

Marcus Conlé

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Shenzhen Meridian View Centre Observatory, Shenzhen, China

(Re)Centralization: How China is Balancing Central and Local Power in Science, Technology, and Innovation

Siwen Xiao and Yaosheng Xu

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President of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Xi Jinping at Fifth BRICS Summit in Durban

China’s AI Development Model in an Era of Technological Deglobalization

Rebecca Arcesati

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Artificial Intelligence

China’s Endless Frontier: “Organized Scientific Research” and the Quest for Technological Self-Reliance

Michael Laha

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Highly educated blue-collar workers produce LED products at a high-tech enterprise in Jiujiang, China.

The Accelerator State: Small Firms Join the Fray of China’s Techno-Industrial Drive

Alexander Brown

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Innovation in China: Domestic Efforts and Global Integration

Cong Cao

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Students from the South China University of Technology participate in a Summer Workshop at the University of Houston

Between Two Economic Traps: Did China Peak in 2021?

Keun Lee

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Local businesses on the streets of Shanghai, China