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Innovation in China: Domestic Efforts and Global Integration

May 30, 2024
Cong Cao

Policy Brief
Innovation in China: Domestic Efforts and Global Integration

In this policy brief, Cong Cao, a professor in innovation studies at Nottingham University Ningbo China, offers an analysis of both the domestic efforts and global links that have led to China’s recent rise as a technology and innovation powerhouse.

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China’s remarkable rise as an international technology and innovation powerhouse comes courtesy of domestic efforts to upgrade its scientific enterprise. In this brief, Cong Cao, a professor in innovation studies at Nottingham University Ningbo China, argues that the globalization of science has also played a significant role, fostering links between Chinese and international researchers, allowing Chinese students to study abroad, and attracting foreign direct investment to China’s research sector. However, as pressures in Western countries to decouple from China mount, the future of China’s science, technology, and innovation system faces strong headwinds.

This brief is part of a special series organized jointly by the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) and the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS). This analysis was originally presented at the Conference on the Chinese National Innovation and Techno-Industrial Ecosystems in Berlin, September 5–6, 2023.

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