Participants show the burglar alarm and GPS facility for vehicles during an exhibition on science, technology and innovation projects in Nanjing. Photo: Xinhua Participants show the burglar alarm and GPS facility for vehicles during an exhibition on science, technology and innovation projects in Nanjing. Photo: Xinhua
Participants show the burglar alarm and GPS facility for vehicles during an exhibition on science, technology and innovation projects in Nanjing. Photo: Xinhua
Tom Holland
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China's first place for patents not quite the triumph it seems

Despite its high numbers of filings, the poor quality of applications throws the strength of the country's innovation into question

Participants show the burglar alarm and GPS facility for vehicles during an exhibition on science, technology and innovation projects in Nanjing. Photo: Xinhua Participants show the burglar alarm and GPS facility for vehicles during an exhibition on science, technology and innovation projects in Nanjing. Photo: Xinhua
Participants show the burglar alarm and GPS facility for vehicles during an exhibition on science, technology and innovation projects in Nanjing. Photo: Xinhua
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Tom Holland

Tom Holland

Tom Holland is a former SCMP staffer who has been writing about Asian affairs for more than 25 years