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When Innovation, Too, Is Made in China

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Jennifer Daniel

As a national strategy, China is trying to build an economy that relies on innovation rather than imitation. Clearly, its leaders recognize that being the world’s low-cost workshop for assembling the breakthrough products designed elsewhere—think iPads and a host of other high-tech goods—has its limits.

So can China become a prodigious inventor? The answer, in truth, will play out over decades—and go a long way toward determining not only China’s future, but also the shape of the global economy.

Clues to the Chinese approach emerge from a recent government document containing goals for drastically increasing the nation’s production of patents. It offers a telling glimpse of how China intends to engineer a more innovative society.

From The New York Times
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