China Policy Institute Blog

Chinese Research and Development: More D than R

Written by Yutao Sun and Cong Cao. Funding for applied and basic research in China remains low despite huge amounts being spent. A recent OECD report on research and development around the world threw up some headline statistics for China to cheer. In 2012, the country invested 1.98 percent of its GDP in R&D, more …

China’s Nobel anxiety

Written by Cong CAO. For one week every October a serious bout of anxiety grips China. But it is not purely down to nervousness over which prominent dissident is in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize, awarded to the Dalai Lama in 1989 and Liu Xiaobo in 2010. Rather it reflects the Chinese government’s …

Why does China under-perform in science and innovation?

Written By Cong CAO. On 10 May 2012, in his testimony to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, Professor Denis Fred Simon, Vice-Provost for International Strategic Initiatives at Arizona State University, and a long-time collaborator of mine, made this observation: “In the 1980s, when China S&T specialists were asked why China lags significantly behind …

Chinese research culture and the brain drain

Written by Cao Cong. The threat of a “brain drain” has long lingered over China’s ambitions to transform its economy from one reliant on low-cost manufacturing to one powered by home-grown innovation. Alert to the danger, Beijing has acted swiftly to counter the departure of its scientific and entrepreneurial talent overseas. Back in 2008, the …

Taiwanese dITplomacy (sic) in Kazakhstan

by Elzbieta Maria Pron. Kazakhstan is thirsty for technical innovations, being the fastest-growing Central Asian state with a GDP increase of 7.5% in 2011. Neither of its main trading partners – Russia and China – have the capability to dominate the IT market (although the Chinese brand Lenovo is making a good run for it). …

Innovation Needs Not Just Science and Technology

By Cong Cao. The year 2011 saw the beginning of China’s Strategic Emerging Industry (SEI) Program. As their current formulation, SEIs refer to the industries accompanying innovation in information, biotechnology, medical technology, new energy, environment, marine and space with strategic importance to China. The term “strategic emerging industries” was first mentioned in May 2009, when …