China is likely to be in transition to a competitor in intellectual property. The problem is that, unlike Japan, China is not only an economic competitor, but also an ideological competitor. Illustration: Craig Stephens

China will improve its IPR protection – but not as a result of US pressure 

Patrick Mendis and Joey Wang say whatever measures the Trump White House deploys against China to enforce respect for intellectual property rights, it should not lose sight of the historical perspective of how nations develop. China today is only following in the footsteps of Japan and the US of old 

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China is likely to be in transition to a competitor in intellectual property. The problem is that, unlike Japan, China is not only an economic competitor, but also an ideological competitor. Illustration: Craig Stephens
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Patrick Mendis

Patrick Mendis

Dr Patrick Mendis, a Harvard Kennedy School's former Rajawali senior fellow, is an associate-in-research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, a senior fellow of the Pangoal Institution in Beijing, and a distinguished visiting professor of Asian-Pacific affairs at Shandong University in Jinan, China. He is the author of Peaceful War: How the Chinese Dream and American Destiny Create a Pacific New World Order (see www.patrickmendis.com).