MakeX, a national competition featuring robots designed by primary and middle school students took place at the Songgang Sport Centre in Shenzhen last November. Photo: Nora Tam

China shows that competition leads to innovation, something the West seems to have forgotten

Edmund S. Phelps says China, like Western countries before, has realised that ‘zeal’ isn’t enough – society benefits most when competition is encouraged

Topic |   China economy

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MakeX, a national competition featuring robots designed by primary and middle school students took place at the Songgang Sport Centre in Shenzhen last November. Photo: Nora Tam
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