The study of contemporary China constitutes a fascinating yet challenging area of scholarly inquiry. Recent decades have brought dramatic changes to China's economy, society and governance. Analyzing such changes in the context of multiple disciplinary perspectives offers opportunites as well as challenges for scholars in the field known as contemporary China Studies. The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary China is a two-volume exploration of the transformations of contemporary China, firmly grounded in the both disciplinary and China-specific contexts. Drawing on a range of scholarly approaches found in the social sciences and history, an international team of contributors engage with the question of what a rapidly changing China means for the broader field of contemporary China studies, and identify areas of promising future research. Part 1: Context: History, Economy, and the Environment Part 2: Economic Transformations Part 3: Politics and Government Part 4: China on the Global Stage Part 5: China's Foreign Policy Part 6: National and Nested Identities Part 7: Urbanization and Spatial Development Part 8: Poverty and Inequality Part 9: Social Change Part 10: Future Directions for Contemporary China Studies
Chapter 11: Technology, Innovation and Knowledge-Based Economy
Technology, Innovation and Knowledge-Based Economy
China has made great strides in technology innovation over the decades since the beginning of the economic reform. This chapter seeks to provide an assessment of China's technological achievement over this period of time and to understand what has brought about the achievement.
China's rapid catching up in technology with the west has characteristics that were also found in the experience of other latecomer countries that have managed to narrow their gap with the world technology frontier. China's technical progress has been built on a model of technology diffusion that occurred through deepening integration with the world economy and domestic economic liberalization. This parallels the model of technology innovation that ...