China Fast Forward: The Technologies, Green Industries and Innovations Driving the Mainland's Future
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Will China Surpass the United States as an innovation nation?
China is tirelessly working to overcome its technological deficiencies by driving R&D initiatives in government and business and adapting Western Internet platforms for domestic use. It is extending its technological reach through a major drive to rival India as a services outsourcing leader and projecting its high-tech brands into the companies and homes of other countries. But whether China succeeds will depend on how it handles such issues as demography, energy dependency, and resource limitations.
The environmental challenges posed by China's vast manufacturing sector are well documented, but what isn't widely realized is that China is actually outstripping the West in all manner of green initiatives, renewable energy investments, research and development funding, and other areas essential to improving the health of the planet. However, omnipresent government intervention, environmental degradation, natural resource exhaustion, and other issues threaten to derail China’s rise to superpower status. As the country meets global challenges on a scale that few nations can match, China Fast Forward takes a look at what lies ahead and why China’s success is important to us all.
In this book, Bill Dodson explores China's reincarnation from a closed, agrarian nation into a modern, high-tech superpower bent on literally cleaning up its act.
- Presents an on-the-ground survey and analysis of China's renewable and clean energy sector that identifies the kinds of projects and technologies Chinese enterprises and local governments are hungry for
- Includes a discussion on how successful Chinese companies are developing their brands to go head-to-head with the world’s best-known companies
- Discusses how central government conflicts of interest are actually foiling corporate and official drives to innovation across a range of sectors
Taking a look inside China's march toward becoming a sustainable superpower through innovation, China Fast Forward presents a balance sheet of the country's technological and social progress on its path to becoming a world leader.
tower of a coal burning power plant, some 30-stories high, vomiting thick charcoal smoke. The dirty vapor swirled through the air, carefree, and fluttered across the hood of the government sedan that we were driving. The mist wafted across the cracked, uneven road and caressed a riot of crooked brick walls and corrugated plastic roofs that lay scattered along shattered lanes. People lived and worked in the ramshackle warren. They went about their lives without interruption. We stepped out of the
Xu leaped over his comrade, who lay crumpled on the sidewalk, and dashed into the street after Fang Shimin. He pounded the air with the hammer in his hand to know its heft, to feel how hard he would have to wield it to crack Fang Shimin’s skull. Fang Shimin knew if he hesitated for even a second the thug would kill him. He laced his way through traffic and was nearly run over twice by irate drivers who honked their horns at him. Meanwhile, the assassin had closed the distance between them. As
extreme local opposition downstream. The nuclear accident in Japan also threw a spotlight on the technology China planned to use in its stepped-up plan for nuclear plant construction. In the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami off Japan’s coast Chinese utility firms were quick to defend the technologies they were employing in their roll-out of the country’s nuclear power program. The Fukushima plant, which was hardest hit during the tsunami, became operational in 1971 with technology that today is
called into question the extent to which China is merely tweaking technology imported from other countries and re-hashing standing patents. The number of research papers published by institutes within China, as measured by the number of scientific papers published that international scholars reference, is negligible. China has become over-reliant on importing technologies—and overseas Chinese—to claim the mantle of “innovation nation.” China’s political environment stresses harmonization of
challenging work involved gaining global recognition for “hard” innovations involved in production. However, it was “soft” innovations in their company image, operations, management, and strategy that would make the sales in the international arena. The extent to which a company is able to produce innovative products that disrupt—not replicate—other industries comes down to incubating talent, not stamping intelligence. China’s family, education, and political systems place primacy on