Competition and collaboration between Chinese and Italian industries and cluster-to-cluster relations

Written by Marco Bellandi and Annalisa Caloffi. A research program begun more than 10 years ago allowed us to look more closely at the relationship between Italy and China. During the course of the 1990s and early 2000s, the two countries competed for first position in world exports of a number of products, including textiles, clothing, …

The Symbolic Power of Chinese “Internet Buzzwords”

Written by Elaine Yuan. Like other social spaces in contemporary China, the Chinese Internet, with more than 600 million users, is always energetic and eventful. One of the few ways to keep pace with the bustling online scenes is by tracking “Internet buzzwords”– words or phrases that emerge from significant social events and incidents by …

Does Chinese Innovation Need Yu?

Written by William H.A. Johnson. Jack Ma, the colourful founder of the Chinese internet juggernaut, Alibaba, has often talked about the failure of the Chinese system to properly encourage innovation. In a recent speech he broke the problem down into the two Mandarin words that generally describe the educational process for children in China: jiaoyu. Jiao …

Roar of China’s ‘Great Cannon’ heard across the internet

Written by Tim Stevens. China has once again surprised researchers by unleashing what has been dubbed its “Great Cannon” – a cyber weapon that has in recent weeks brought down several websites including the Github software code repository and GreatFire, an activist group working against censorship in China. The offensive power of the cannon is …