When Steve Jobs passed away in October last year, many worldwide mourned the loss of an extraordinary innovator. In Ningbo, a port city on the eastern Chinese coast, the reaction was similar: there was media attention dedicated to the former CEO’s accomplishments and life history, along with admiration for his talents and vision for Apple. Then there was the heralding of a local initiative by the press: a program to cultivate “an army of Steve Jobs-style leaders.
Infringement is not “stealing” and intellectual property laws are a cudgel used by entrenched players. Innovation happens (and happened) just as much, if not moreso, without them. The US was more than happy to flout IP laws when the hegemon was Britain. I guess casuistry is a great asset.
Posted by Taiwanlight on 12/13 at 09:56 PM
‘Nonetheless the larger question regarding a national and cultural push towards innovation in emerging technologies remains.’
Any trend towards innovation depends on people being encouraged to express their creativity but this is heavily constrained by the hierarchical and authoritarian traditions of Chinese culture. To allow a fully innovative mentality the Chinese government would have to allow its citizens to think for themselves and educate them in creative and critical thinking and it has been made abundantly clear this is not on the cards, for obvious reasons.