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Stephen Olson at Chinese Development Institute Conference


 Clyde Prestowitz giving presentation to CDI...


Steve Olson teaching trade negotiations at the Mekong Institute...


Stephen Olson to speak at upcoming workshop organized by the International Institute for Trade and Development on 

"Economics of GMS Agricultural trade in goods and services towards the world market"

Chiangmai, Thailand Sep 8-12.

(1/1/11) Prestowitz discusses China and innovation in the New York Times

The New York Times

When Innovation, Too, Is Made in China

January 1, 2011

Steve Lohr

As a national strategy, China is trying to build an economy that relies on innovation rather than imitation. Clearly, its leaders recognize that being the world's low-cost workshop for assembling the breakthrough products designed elsewhere - think iPads and a host of other high-technology goods - has its limits.

So can China become a prodigious inventor? The answer, in truth, will play out over decades - and go a long way toward determining not only China's future, but also the shape of the global economy.

Clues to the Chinese approach emerge from a government document containing goals for drastically increasing the nation's production of patents. It offers a telling glimpse of how China intends to engineer a more innovative society.

The document, published in November by the State Intellectual Property Office of China, is called the ''National Patent Development Strategy (2011-2020).'' It discusses broad economic objectives, as well as specific targets to be attained by 2015. In a recent interview, David J. Kappos, director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, pointed to the Chinese targets for 2015 and called them ''mind-blowing numbers.''

Click Here to read the entire article at the New York Times.

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