China's IP in Foreign Eyes

  • In fact, some of China's Internet companies, including Xiaomi, Alibaba and Cheetah Mobile, have started their international forays, which will intensify competition in the tech industry. U.S. Internet companies will learn and become more nimble in the process, which benefits consumers at the end of the day.

    ——Hugo Barra Of Xiaomi on the Company's International Plans, The Wall Street Journal

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    China's Internet companies have strong ambitions in acquiring users on their platforms through many different types of innovative services. The competition environment is conducive to fast-paced innovation, increasingly providing a glimpse of how smartphones could be used by consumers in the U.S. and the entire world in the future.

  • Even as American companies like Google and Tesla work on autonomous vehicles, a number of Chinese companies are working on driverless car technology. The Internet company Leshi has a driverless car tech unit, and the Chinese carmaker Great Wall Motors has opened a research center in Silicon Valley.

    ——China's Companies Poised to Take Leap in Developing a Driverless Car, by The New York Times

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    China's mass innovation and entrepreneurship is carrying out in full swing. With more and more entrepreneurs creating their own companies, they aggressively expand R&D area, and show their IPR strength on the international market.

  • Some 40% of all the e-commerce in the world takes place in China, making an e-commerce strategy for that market almost obligatory for international brands. But one of the chronic challenges in China is the problem of counterfeits and intellectual property (IP) rights. There are indications of improvement in China IP protection, but the main source of optimism is the same as the historic reason for pessimism: the role of Alibaba , China's leading e-commerce company.

    ——Alibaba Plays Pivotal Role In China's Intellectual Property Rights, Forbes

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    In the past few years, more and more torts on IPR happened in e-commerce markets all over the world with the rapid development of e-commerce. For e-commerce giant like Alibaba, it is an obligation to enhance IP protection and make a health environment for e-commerce development. 

  • China needs to avoid asset bubbles and support productive and innovative firms. Similarly, policies to promote continuous technological innovation and industrial upgrading can increase productivity. And measures that increase domestic research capacity – for example, by strengthening protection of intellectual property rights – can nurture innovation.

    ——Containing China's Slowdown, by Project Syndicate

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    Strengthening protection of intellectual property rights plays important role in building an innovation-oriented country. China should put more in protecting intellectual property rights and improving innovation capability, to contribute to innovation-oriented country construction.

  • The purchase this week of Uber China by Didi Chuxing after a protracted competition shows that at least domestically, Chinese players can take on the most sophisticated and largest start-ups coming out of America.

    ——China, Not Silicon Valley, Is Cutting Edge in Mobile Tech, The New York Times

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    China's tech industry-particularly its mobile businesses-has in some ways pulled ahead of the United States. Some Western tech companies, even the behemoths, are turning to Chinese firms for ideas. Even so, there is still a long way for China to go in the creativity.

  • WeChat is the best riposte to the condescending, widely held belief that Chinese internet firms are merely imitators of Western ones, and cannot innovate themselves. But it is not the only example. Alibaba kick-started Chinese e-commerce with the clever trick of holding payments in escrow, helping buyers and sellers establish trust.

    ——The Western caricature of Chinese internet firms needs a reboot, the Economist

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    With the popularization of mass entrepreneurship and innovation, China has becoming a global leader in innovation. Besides Chinese internet firms, other industries in China would also show their innovative strength in the future. 

  • China has entered a new era. A new generation of entrepreneurs defined by their youth and exponential growth nature has generated new energy and vigor into the country. Of course, in the process of innovation and entrepreneurial pursuits, only a few would succeed or succeed at the first try. But as long as these entrepreneurs do not break laws or defraud consumers, China's society now allows and welcomes trials and errors. This era — the era of China's entrepreneurs — is bringing forth real ground breaking times in China's long history.

    ——What Drives China's Innovation? By Forbes

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    Innovation cannot be achieved merely by entrepreneurs themselves. It depends on the strength of the whole society. The campaign of mass entrepreneurship and innovation policy of China is to put in place a platform for everybody, and to create a broad space for crowd funding, crowd innovation and crowd sourcing. China is now facing the spring of innovation.

  • China has become a strong innovator in areas such as consumer electronics and construction equipment. Every year it spends more than $200 billion on research (second only to the United States), turns out close to 30,000 PhDs in science and engineering, and leads the world in patent applications (more than 820,000 in 2013).

    ——Gauging the Strength of Chinese Innovation, McKinsey Quarterly

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    Following the existing technology and knowledge around the world for decades, China has been generally turning into a world innovation leader. To be a long-last champion, China shall seek more method to absorbing innovation strength. Improving patents quality more than quantity might be a bright way. 

  • China dominates a biannual ranking of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers, called the Top 500, that was published on Monday. Not only does China have the world's fastest machine for the seventh consecutive time, it has the largest number of computers among the top 500——a first for any country other than the United States.

    ——China Tops List of Fastest Computers Again, by The Wall Street Journal

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    Supercomputers are viewed in scientific circles as an indicator of national technology leadership. Intellectual property had played a vital role in the R&D of supercomputers. Supported by intellectual properties, China's supercomputers become more and more competitive in global market.

  • The ARJ21-700 jet is one of a series of initiatives launched by the ruling Communist Party to transform China from the world's low-cost factory into a creator of profitable technology in aviation, clean energy and other fields. China is one of the biggest aviation markets but relies on foreign-made aircraft. Beijing wants to capture more of those sales.

    ——First made-in-China jetliner makes debut commercial flight,by The Times of India

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    In recent years, the global aviation industry has grown by leaps and bounds. The ARJ21-700 jet not only reflects China's ability in innovation, but also boasts one of the sign projects of China building itself into innovative country. It brings new energy to international competition in the future. 

  • As customers became more discriminating, entrepreneurs learned to move from imitation to incremental innovation, improving their products and their processes. The "fit for purpose" pattern represents innovation driven by market necessity. But many Chinese companies have chosen a more ambitious route of innovation by choice: innovation that drives the market rather than being driven by the market.

    ——The "Three Phases" Of Chinese Innovation, by Forbes

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    From copying to incremental innovation, then from followers to world standard, it has been fascinating to watch China's transformation over the past decades. It will be even more fascinating for the whole world to see China being a world innovative country and a global scientific core in 2050. 

  • China will have evolved from an "innovation sponge", absorbing and adapting existing technology and knowledge from around the world, into a global innovation leader. To date, when we have evaluated how well Chinese companies commercialize new ideas and use them to raise market share and profits and to compete around the world, the picture has been decidedly mixed. China has become a strong innovator in areas such as consumer electronics and construction equipment.

    ——Gauging the Strength of Chinese Innovation, McKinsey Quarterly

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    The extent and speed of China's advances in innovation will have significant implications for the country's growth. Multinationals and Chinese companies are now using China as an R&D base for global innovation. A more innovative China ought to be good for a global economy that seeks new sources of growth. 

  • Some of its achievements are visible: a doubling of the global percentage of patents granted to Chinese inventors since 2005, for example, and the growing role of Chinese companies in the wind- and solar-power industries. Other developments—such as advances by local companies in domestically oriented consumer electronics, instant messaging, and online gaming—may well be escaping the notice of executives who aren't on the ground in China.

    ——A CEO' s Guide to Innovation in China, by McKinsey

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    Chinese innovation is evolving in diverse ways and at an uneven pace across a range of different industries. Dynamic domestic players are helping China churn out a growing number of innovative products and services.

  • Governments can and do play a critical role in spurring innovation–actively creating new markets, instead of just fixing them. In China, the state-owned development bank is offering billions of dollars in loans to some of the country's most innovative companies, including Huawei and Yingli Solar. These types of public investments are critical in creating and shaping new markets.

    ——The Creative State,by Project Syndicate

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    In some of the world's most famous innovation hubs, the government has played a key creator role, envisioning and financing the creation of entire new fields, from information technology to biotech, nanotech, and green tech. Especially for China's innovative companies, the goverment played a crucial role in their going abroad strategy. 

  • The unique circular high-speed railway in China's Hainan Island, the world's first such train around a tropical zone, has been operating smoothly since last year, braving extreme weather conditions. Considering the characteristics of high temperature, high humidity and strong corrosion on the tropical island, a number of new technologies, materials and techniques have been used in the construction of the 653-km rail belt.

    ——This China Train can Beat Heat, Quake and Typhoon, by Times of India

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    Chinese high-speed train industry leads in the world. The construction of Hainan high-speed railway shows that independent innovation capabilities of Chinese high-speed train have achieved higher stage, and may contribute to expand overseas market.

  • In the race for driverless car technology, Chinese companies are taking big strides competing with the likes of Google and Tesla. With the Beijing Motor Show under way, the days when the country's domestic car firms was brushed off as mere copycats are well and truly over. And a lot of this year's buzz is around driverless cars in particular. In past years, innovation might have come from Silicon valley, but Chinese companies are pushing ahead.

    ——China's Push for Driverless Cars Accelerates, by BBC

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    Innovation is the primary driving force for China's development. With years of fierce competition, Chinese enterprises have realized the importance of innovation and intellectual property in global market, which certified again by enterprises of Chinese driverless cars.

  • n building its relationship with FIFA, Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group Co. is filling an opportunity that opened up after some sponsors walked away and a corruption scandal erupted, tarnishing the soccer federation's image. The Beijing-based entertainment and property giant will become FIFA's first major Chinese partner, with the highest level of sponsorship rights including the next four World Cup tournaments.

    ——China's Dalian Wanda Steps in to Partner with FIFA, by Wall Street Journal

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    With the development of Chinese economy and mature overseas layout, Chinese enterprises pay more attention to brand promotion in international field. Wanda is able to obtain top-level resources in world sport industry by cooperating with FIFA, which is a great step to Wanda's global arrangement.

  • Huawei has signed a declaration confirming that it will be developing a joint Innovation Centre to develop "Safe City" solutions aimed at helping public administrations react to threats. The Innovation Centre will develop Safe City solutions, an all-in-one, nation-wide safety and surveillance plan, which will combine alarm reporting, data transmission, video surveillance, etc.

    ——Huawei to Develop "Safe City" Solutions in Malta, by Times of Malta

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    Owing to years of global experiences and good overseas IPR layout, Huawei becomes more competitive in the world market. The 'Safe City' solutions in Malta show that more foreign public administrations believe in Huawei's product and service.

  • World Robotics recently published their annual update on the industry. It captures very clearly the trend in China towards higher value added production and towards substituting capital for labor. They believe global sales of multipurpose industrial robots last year was around 162,000, of which 25,000 were sold in China, slightly fewer than were sold in North America or Japan. By only 2016, they forecast that China will be consuming 38,000 robots, 20% more than either Japan or North America is expected to buy.

    ——Coming To A Factory Near You: Chinese Robots, by McKinsey

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    Robotics is one of the booming industries driven by the process of transformation from low value-added manufacturing to high value-added manufacturing of China. The report of WIPO shows that Chinese applicants account for more than a quarter of patents worldwide in the area of robotics since 2005, which demonstrates China's competitiveness in the field.

  • Over the past five years, China-based companies have successfully participated in high-profile infrastructure projects. In the rail sector about 80 per cent of Malaysian rolling stocks are Chinese made. The Malaysian rail business is so lucrative that China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) opened a $97m rolling stock manufacturing plant in the country in July 2015. 

    ——China Takes the Lead in Malaysian Mega-Projects, by Financial Times

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    The increasing projects of Chinese companies in Southeast Asia show that Chinese companies have kept footholds in overseas markets because of technological innovation and independent intelligent property rights.

  • China has made is a dramatic shift up the value curve in terms of what it manufactures. It is not about t-shirts and toys any more, but about much more impressive stuff. As long as it continues to invest in R&D and get more people into higher education, the country formerly known as "the workshop of the world" looks set to evolve into a much more exciting economy.

    ——From White T-shirt to White Collar: Meet the "New China", by Money Observer

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    With the encouragement of innovation and much more R&D investment in recent years, China is supposed to be an innovation-oriented country.

  • China aims to become a world leader in advanced industries such as semiconductors and in the next generation of chip materials, robotics, aviation equipment and satellites, the government said in its blueprint for development between 2016 and 2020.

    ——China Lays Out Its Vision to Become a Tech Power, by Reuters

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    Innovation is the primary driving force for the China's development. Through independent innovation, China is hoping to make traditional areas of the economy more advanced and efficient, helping transition to a growth model that is driven more by services and consumption than by exports and investment.

  • China's Xiaomi has unveiled the ceramic-cased Mi5 Android smartphone. Xiaomi executive Hugo Barra said the Mi5 would be the first phone to feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor. Xiaomi had also secured 21 patents of its own for its display technologies, mostly in China, although one had been in the US.

    ——MWC 2016: Xiaomi Unveils Ceramic-Backed Mi5 Smartphone,by BBC News

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    Intellectual property had been a weakness of Xiaomi to expand overseas market. In recent years, Xiaomi begin to put a high value on research and development, and the release of Mi5 shows that Xiaomi's innovation-oriented strategy have obtained preliminary results.

  • Huawei has made a bold prediction, saying it plans to surpass Apple as the second-biggest smartphone player in the world in three years and leapfrog Samsung by 2021. By most measures, Huawei has its work cut out for it. The company shipped 108 million smartphones in 2015, exceeding its own expectations with a 44 percent increase in sales, compared to 2014.

    ——Huawei: We'll Leapfrog Samsung, Apple in Market Share, by CNBC

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    After seeing solid growth in its smartphone shipments last year, Huawei has reason to be confident that it can unseat its rivals. Owing to brilliant R&D capbility and good IPR layout, Huawei become more competitive in global smartphone market. 

  • Many industry experts believe that a new era of Chinese innovation in bio-pharma may be soon upon us. The excitement of pharmaceutical executives and investors at the recent BioCentury China healthcare conference was palpable, fueled by a flurry of new measures announced by the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), following guidance by the State Council.

    ——This is What Industry Experts Told us About Pharma Innovation in China, by McKinsey

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    CFDA have taken a series of measures to promote bio-medical as a strategic industry. Changes at the top of the CFDA, real efforts to clear the backlog of new drug applications, the continuous wave of returning talent, and improving funding conditions are indicators that China is well on its way to becoming a biopharma innovation powerhouse.

  • China plans to launch some 40 Beidou navigation satellites by 2020 to support its global navigation and positioning network, which will provide global coverage with positioning accuracy of less than 10 metres and timing accuracy of 20 nanoseconds.  Major navigation systems, such as the US-based GPS and Russia's GLONASS, use about 24 satellites, but Beidou, with 35 satellites, will be more accurate after it achieves global coverage.

    ——China to launch about 40 Beidou satellites by 2020, by the Times of India

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    With more and more satellites launched, the independent research and development positioning system, Beidou Navigation System has shown a promising application prospect, which may play an important role in areas like national security, maritime transport and scientific research in China . 

  • Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has hired a fakes-busting veteran to a new anticounterfeiting role. Matthew Bassiur will join Alibaba as vice president, head of global intellectual property enforcement. An Alibaba spokesman said Mr. Bassiur will help develop the processes for the company's global anticounterfeiting efforts.

    ——Alibaba Names Head of Intellectual Property Enforcement, by Wall Street Journal

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    Counterfeit goods are a problem for Alibaba. U.S. trade officials have warned Alibaba twice last year about fakes on its sales platforms Taobao and Tmall. Bassiur's appointment is the latest step in Alibaba Group's efforts to fight counterfeits.

  • Yet the country has birthed some of Asia's largest and most well-regarded technology corporations, from social media and gaming giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. to e-commerce leader Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, whose scope and scale outstrip those available in the U.S. "In the next five years, there will be more innovation, more invention, more entrepreneurship happening in China, happening in Beijing than in Silicon Valley," Kalanick said at the "Geekpark" conference in Beijing Friday.

    ——Uber CEO Says China to Soon Surpass Silicon Valley in Innovation, by Bloomberg

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    By improving the research capacity and exploring the global market, China's high-tech firms found a place in global market. Benefiting from the massive domestic market and innovative circumstances, the innovation ability of China may surpass the Silicon Valley in the future.

  • At the annual North American International Auto Show, Even the smallest auto companies are flourishing in the booming American market, none more so than the tiny Chinese-owned, Swedish-run luxury brand Volvo. Volvo showed off a new sedan, the S90, and won recognition for its flagship sport utility vehicle, the XC90, as the best truck introduced in 2015.

    ——Volvo Makes a Comeback, with a Detour through China, by Wall Street Journal

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    Under Geely, Volvo has emphasized the brand's long reputation for safety and quality and its distinctive Swedish styling, which made this brand and Geely have all gone on and have really started to flourish. With renewed technology and designs, Chinese automakers will sit on better position to compete with global competitors.

  • Recently, the China National Chemical Corporation said it would buy the KraussMaffei Group, a German Manufacturer of plastics and rubber processing machinery, for about $1 million. The acquisition would help China's biggest chemicals company upgrade its expertise in manufacturing plastics and rubber, the company said in a statement.

    ——ChemChina Buying KraussMaffei, a German Machinery Company, for $1 million, by Wall Street Journal

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    In recent years, Chinese companies are set off a wave of overseas M&A trends. It should be noted that, foreign companies with leading-edge technologies and competitiveness in the international market often become the first choice of overseas mergers and acquisitions. With the advanced technologies, KraussMaffei would contribute significantly to ChemChina's business.

  • The Buick Envision crossover made in China will go on sale next summer, helping to fill ravenous demand in the U.S. for smaller SUVs. But the Buick is coming despite resistance from the United Auto Workers Union that wants it produced in the U.S.

    ——USA TODAY, GM's Buick SUV will be first to be imported from China

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    China has become the world's most popular car market, which enables Chinese automakers continue to focus on technological innovation and intellectual property protection. GM SUV's exports to the US domestic market also shows that, as the representative of "Made in China", Chinese automakers must further strengthen technological innovation and intellectual property protection on the way to march to the world.

  • Alibaba Group Holding Limited (BABA) said it will buy the South China Morning Post, the most widely circulated and oldest English newspaper in Hong Kong. The deal also includes a magazine, digital media ventures and other media properties owned by  SCMP Group Limited, the company that owns the Morning Post.

    ——USA TODAY, Alibaba to buy South China Morning Post

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    At present, it has become a trend that more and more newspapers are acquired by investors with deep pockets. Hong KongWIPO report: China driving growth in global patent filings rise

  • Chinese mobile phone maker Huawei has thrown down the gauntlet to Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi and other rivals. It's called the "superphone." By around 2020 or so, Huawei says, the superphone could start replacing smartphones. The arrival of the superphone, Huawei says, will coincide with next-generation 5G wireless networks as well as the Internet of Things, or IoT.

    ——China's Huawei Racing Apple To Develop ‘Superphone' by Investor's Business Daily

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    Putting high value on R&D and patent layout, Huawei have had a place in the highly competitive smartphone market. Now, Huawei expects to stand on the innovation frontier of mobile phone and takes the lead in making them versus Apple, Samsung and others.

  • In May 2015, China State Council announced the "Made in China 2025" policy, which focuses on building indigenous capabilities in high-end precision manufacturing, with semiconductors as the first priority segment. The goal of this policy is to have China increase its self-sufficiency rate for integrated circuits to 40 percent by 2020 and to 70 percent by 2025.

    ——A New World Under Construction: China and Semiconductors,  McKinsey

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    Chinese semiconductor enterprises focus to strengthen their development, management, and protection of intellectual property. They should develop a systematic approach to identifying, choosing, and executing an IP strategy. 

  • China has fined five knock-off Disney hotels for infringing on the iconic U.S. entertainment company's trademarks in the run-up to the opening of a Walt Disney Co theme park in Shanghai. The news comes less than a month after Chinese authorities announced that they would give unprecedented special trademark protection to Disney in a year-long campaign around the park's opening.

    ——China fines five phony Disney hotels, by Reuters

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    Recently, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce of China ordered that taking stronger action to protect the trademarks of Disney, which reflects that China pays more attention to intellectual property protection. This movement shows that Chinese government fulfills their promise, and defends the legitimate interests of right holders like Disney efficiently.

  • Huawei, China's top smartphone maker, says it has found a way to speed it up 10 times faster than current batteries. The company said its new technology changes how lithium ions are stored and move inside the batteries -- increasing charging speed. Huawei said it's "confident" the discovery will lead to big changes in mobile phones, electric cars and wearable devices, among other things.

    ——This smartphone battery charges 10 times faster, CNN

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    Huawei pay attention to the new technology R&D all along. Owing to outstanding innovation ability and reasonable Intellectual property layout, Huawei has been becoming a world-leading smartphone manufacturer. The new technology of smartphone batteries reflects that Huawei has been one of the leaders in mobile industry. 

  • Chinese companies are going on their biggest global spending spree ever, with a marked change in strategy from buying resources to hunting for manufacturing expertise and financial companies. Out are purchases of commodity assets as the nation's consumption of raw materials slipped, while in vogue are assets that infuse its companies with know-how and new technology.

    ——China Goes West Shopping for Assets as Xi Transforms Economy, Bloomberg

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    Overseas merger is a channel for Chinese companies to transforming and upgrading their products. Many Chinese companies are eager to move up the value chain and that encourages them to pursue acquisitions of companies that could enable them to access advanced technologies, strong brands."

  • When we look ahead, though, we see broad swaths of opportunity. Our analysis suggests that by 2025, such new innovation opportunities could contribute $1.0 trillion to $2.2 trillion a year to the Chinese economy—or equivalent to up to 24 percent of total GDP growth. To achieve this goal, China must continue to transform the manufacturing sector, particularly through digitization, and the service sector, through rising connectivity and Internet enablement.

    ——Gauging the strength of Chinese innovation,mckinsey

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    The recent development of economy have shown that China is passing through a transition: the labor-force expansion and surging investment that propelled three decades of growth are now weakening. Nevertheless, China will have evolved from absorbing and adapting existing technology and knowledge from around the world, enhancing the capability of self-innovation, into a global innovation leader.

  • A Scottish bus manufacturer has signed a deal potentially worth £2bn to build vehicles for the world's biggest producer of electric buses. The agreement between Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and Chinese firm BYD came during the UK state visit by Chinese president Xi Jinping. The initial deal is for the manufacture of 200 single deck buses a year. The initial contract represents turnover of about £660m over the next 10 years.

    ——Falkirk-based Alexander Dennis signs bus deal with China's BYD,  BBC news

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    The agreement between BYD and ADL opens a new chapter on Sino-British new energy vehicle industry. ADL is the UK's biggest bus manufacturer, employing 2,500 globally. The deal expresses the recognition of BYD's technological innovation capabilities, which shows the emerging influence of Chinese enterprises in overseas market.

  • The toys are made by a Chinese firm while this factory isn't in China, but in rural Andhra Pradesh, in southern India. It is one of more than 100 businesses in the Sri City Industrial hub - many of them Chinese - attracted by the Make in India campaign. 

    ——The Chinese firms opening factories in India, BBS news,

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    After many years' business overseas, Chinese companies are no longer satisfied with the export of products. A lot of Chinese companies are now taking advantage of a new wave of innovation and new business overseas, putting their manufacturing facilities there and catering to the oversea demand. It's the continueous innovation and technology uograding that enabled Chinese firms win the oversea market on the process of "going out". 

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