Why

This website documents and monitors China’s path to indigenous innovation (CPII). Now the world’s second largest economy with almost 20 percent of the world’s population, China’s development has become central to the operation and performance of the global economy.  Meaningful discussions about China require historical knowledge brought up to date of the fundamental drivers of its remarkable economic growth.

The key to economic development is innovation: the generation of higher quality products at lower unit costs than were previously available. Innovation requires the accumulation of technological capabilities, some of which a nation develops at home but much of which it transfers from abroad. For a developing nation such as China to emerge as a global leader in any particular industry requires “indigenous” innovation that combines homegrown capabilities with international technology transfers.  Using an analytical framework that focuses on the interaction of the “innovative enterprise” and the “developmental state”, we chart China’s path to indigenous innovation.

In doing so, our prime concerns are not industrial innovation and economic growth per se. Rather we are interested in what innovation and growth mean for the alleviation of poverty, the distribution of income, the stability of employment, the preservation of the environment, the protection of human dignity and world peace.  But to know what is possible socially, it is critical to understand what is happening economically, and it is with the economic underpinnings of social progress that our analysis of “China’s Path” is mainly concerned.

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