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China taking the innovation game to the West

If, just half a decade ago, you had asked leading senior executives in the United States, Western Europe or Japan how they intended to cope with the rise of China, you would have got a familiar response: "We shall move higher in the value-added chain."

Wednesday, 6 February, 2013, 4:16am 5 comments

Research lacks industry support, expert says

Hong Kong's investment in scientific research lags other developed economies in the region as well as the mainland partly because of a lack of contributions from industry, according to the former chairman of the Research Grants Council, Roland Chin Tai-hong.

7 Jan 2013 - 5:44am

China's first place for patents not quite the triumph it seems

Thank you to the reader who drew my attention to reports last month that China has overtaken the United States as the world's biggest filer of patent applications.

4 Jan 2013 - 4:01am 3 comments

China the first developing nation in a century to rival leaders of technology

According to the "World Intellectual Property Indicators 2012" released by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (Wipo) this month, China tops the world (in 2011, the most recent year for data) for patent applications, with some 526,400 filed, followed by the United States with almost 503,600 and Japan with 342,610.

29 Dec 2012 - 4:02am

The future is here now - and it looks pretty good

It has been 40 years since the last astronauts left the moon. That anniversary, which passed last week, has put some prominent technologists in a funk.

18 Dec 2012 - 2:33am

Innovation 'key' to reform success in China, summit told

Home-grown innovation, rather than slavish copying of Western models, is needed to ensure the success of economic reforms on the mainland, delegates at an economic summit were told yesterday.

17 Dec 2012 - 5:31am

Can China regain its lead in innovation?

History moves in funny ways. Watching a BBC programme on the power of science, I learned that a retired British East India Company civil servant called John Walsh financed a naval expedition in 1772 to discover whether the torpedo fish, which stuns its victims using electricity, was producing the same electricity as that generated by lightning discovered by Benjamin Franklin.

8 Dec 2012 - 2:45am

Hong Kong as a knowledge-based economy?

The story ought to start with Hong Kong's history as a trading port, our rise to become one of the four Asian Dragons and later the world's premier financial centre. But it is also about our attempt to seek a new role in the context of a rising China, our failure to find a strategy for the much needed economic diversification and creation of high-end jobs expected by the younger generation.

17 Nov 2012 - 11:37am 2 comments

Japan's failed gadgets paved way for innovative success

It gave us the Walkman, the pocket calculator and heated toilet seats, but Japan's path to innovative greatness is littered with failures such as the TV-shaped radio and the "walking" toaster.

12 Nov 2012 - 3:38am

How China can avoid the middle income trap

The recent deceleration in China's economic growth is of concern, and not just because it raises questions over whether internal and external demand is needed to keep the economy growing. It also raises a flag as to whether China is settling into a protracted period of subdued growth, better known in economic circles as the "middle income trap".

12 Nov 2012 - 5:59am 2 comments