'Forced' Technology Transfer? Investing in China's Large-Scale Projects
Since 2006, when the State Council in China adopted the medium- to long-term plan for science and technology development, China’s innovation ambition has inspired many in China and triggered jumbles of concerns and fears elsewhere. Some question whether China will ever be able to innovate; others worry that the Chinese way of innovation will destroy the entire business model in the West.
What has driven the massive application of human, policy and financial resources to promote innovation in China? What is the role of the alleged ‘forced technology transfer’ in the process? More importantly, why are there successes and failures in innovation? There is no single answer to any of these questions. Asking the questions and trying to answer them nonetheless can reveal a lot about politics involved in technology innovation in China.
This presentation will use two examples: nuclear energy and high-voltage transmission systems, to identify the key factors that shape the way innovation takes place in China and to assess the argument about ‘forced’ technology transferred.
Xu Yi-Chong, Professor
Professor Xu Yichong, of School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, is the author of The Sinews of Power (2017, OUP), The Politics of Nuclear Energy in China (2010); Electricity Reform in China, India and Russia (2004); Powering China (2002); coauthor with Patrick Weller of The Working World of International Organisations (2018, OUP); Inside the World Bank (2009) and The Governance of World Trade (2004); and editor of The Political Economy of Stateowned Enterprises in China and India (2012) and Nuclear Energy Development in Asia (2011) and The Political Economy of Sovereign Wealth Funds (2010). All the projects were supported by research grants from ARC.