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Innovation in China

In China, innovation has become one of those political buzzwords which—like harmony—seems to mean anything and everything to the Central Propaganda Department. So much so that we find it difficult to walk down the streets in Beijing now without getting accosted by giant character banners encouraging us to economic feats of creative daring. But how much of what passes for innovation in China is actually the least bit innovative?

To help Sinica answer this question, this week Kaiser and Jeremy are pleased to be joined by Tom Saunders, a researcher and policy analyst at the Nesta think-tank on innovation who is in Beijing as part of a high-level British delegation focused on strengthening economic ties with China. More importantly, Tom is also the author of a recent report “China’s Absorptive State: Research, Innovation, and the Prospects for China-U.K. Collaboration,” which tries to make sense of how much innovation in China is genuine, and what this means for the rest of the world.

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Kaiser Kuo is Director of International Communications for Baidu. He is also co-host of the Sinica Podcast, a weekly discussion of current affairs in China, and is a guitarist and co-founder of the...
Jeremy Goldkorn is the Founder and Director of Danwei, a research firm that tracks Chinese media and Internet. Danwei has been publishing a popular website about Chinese media since 2003. After...

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China’s Environmental Collapse

KAISER KUO & ALEX WANG

After the collapse of international climate change talks in Copenhagen in 2009, Mark Lynas’ devastating article, published in the Guardian, laid the blame squarely at China’s feet, accusing the Chinese government of deliberately scuttling American-led efforts to secure an...

Sinica Podcast

07.02.10

Newsweek Bid, Renminbi Revaluation

KAISER KUO, EVAN OSNOS & others

In a sudden move clearly intended to stave off criticism at the G20 meeting in Toronto, China loosened the yuan’s twenty-three-month-old peg to the American dollar earlier this month, allowing its currency to appreciate against the greenback. This week’s Sinica Podcast looks...

Sinica Podcast

07.01.10

What If the BP Oil Spill Happened in China...

KAISER KUO & JEREMY GOLDKORN

As Gady Epstein reports in this special dispatch, “some time ago, we reached the China Zone in the BP story.” The China Zone is—for those of you who haven’t heard of it yet—the point at which a reasonable observer will believe almost anything about a story simply...

Sinica Podcast

06.18.10

Review of Chinese Books

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & others

Looking for a little summer reading? This week, Sinica sorts the wheat from the chaff with a massive review of books on China. Our discussion touches on a everything from Chinese fiction to non-fiction academic works on Chinese politics, economics, and history. There’s a good...

Sinica Podcast

06.11.10

Science Fiction in China

KAISER KUO

Science fiction serves as a kind of mirror for how a society sees itself in the future. So what future do Chinese sci-fi writers envision in the far-off yet-to-come? And what role does China play in that future? Do contemporary Chinese writers see a harmonious utopia? Or are they...

Sinica Podcast

06.04.10

Suicides, Strikes, and Labor Unrest in China

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & others

A spate of suicides leaves ten dead at the Shenzhen campus of Foxconn, the giant electronics manufacturer that makes many of the world’s most popular consumer electronics. A rare strike paralyzes production at Honda Motors, shutting down all of the company’s manufacturing...

Sinica Podcast

05.28.10

Critical Media, Foreign and Domestic

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & others

Is the “Western media” biased in its reporting about China? What are the frames and narratives that inform the Anglophone media’s understanding of the county, and what are the misunderstandings about the “Western media” that lead Chinese people into believing Western...

Sinica Podcast

05.21.10

Mao’s Legacy and Foreign Self-Censorship

KAISER KUO & JEREMY GOLDKORN

Notice your friends holding something back? In this Sinica podcast, we talk about the self-censoring phenomenon that’s taken root among the foreign community in China, and discuss a surprising case which demonstrates exactly the opposite: how one of the fiercest critics of Mao...

Sinica Podcast

05.15.10

Schoolyard Violence with Chinese Characteristics

JEREMY GOLDKORN & GADY EPSTEIN

Despite efforts to downplay the story in the face of the Shanghai Expo, news of a recent wave of copycat killings has spread quickly through China, driven in part by the surprising revelation that many of the killers have been middle-aged and apparently well-educated men. Online...

Sinica Podcast

05.07.10

Dimensions of China’s Soft Power

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & others

The Beijing Olympics, the Shanghai Expo, the hundreds of Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms, and Beijing’s new English-language satellite news networks are all part of a grand Chinese soft power push: an effort to win the world through attraction rather than coercion...

Sinica Podcast

04.30.10

Huang Guangyu Trial, Real Estate Dilemma

KAISER KUO, GADY EPSTEIN & others

Huang Guangyu, the richest man in China, went on trial last week in Beijing. The founder of home electronics chain GOME was brought up on charges of bribery, money laundering, and insider trading. The dragnet in the investigation leading up to the trial has already widened, and...

Sinica Podcast

04.26.10

A Tom Friedman Exclusive

KAISER KUO

As you’re probably aware, earlier this month Hu Jintao hotfooted it to Washington to attend a nuclear security summit and discuss potential United Nations sanctions against Iran.While the rest of the Internet was sleeping on this story, we at Sinica furiously canvassed secret...

Sinica Podcast

04.23.10

The Eulogy and the Aftershocks

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & others

Coming twenty-one years after the death of former Party Secretary Hu Yaobang, Premier Wen Jiabao’s surprise eulogy to his former mentor last week was the subject of much discussion among China-watchers worldwide. In today’s episode of Sinica, we visit this speech and ask what...

Sinica Podcast

04.16.10

China’s Gadflies and the Mine Miracle

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & others

This Week: Kaiser Kuo hosts a discussion all about China’s best-known gadflies: artist-cum-activist Ai Weiwei and writer, auto racer, and blogger Han Han. So join us as we talk about who both of these public figures are and why they have gained so much attention both inside...

Sinica Podcast

04.09.10

Iran and the Vaccination Scandal

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & others

Welcome back to the Sinica Podcast, a roundtable on current affairs in China featuring China-watchers from a wide range of backgrounds. In this week’s installment, host Kaiser Kuo talks about China’s delicate maneuvering in the Middle East, as well as the recent health...

Sinica Podcast

04.02.10

Google China and the Pullout

KAISER KUO & JEREMY GOLDKORN

What exactly happened earlier this week with Google’s inaccessibility? Does Yasheng Huang have the right take on their pull-out of China, or is Tania Branigan from The Guardian more on the money? What are the consequences for Google’s future in Asia, and what does any of this...

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01.21.96

Jackie Chan, American Action Hero?

JAIME WOLF

Whenever Jackie Chan leaves Hong Kong to make a public appearance in Shanghai, Taipei or Tokyo, or in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Seoul, hundreds—sometimes thousands—of his fans gather in a frenzy of adoration. Last June, Chan, the martial artist, comic actor and stunt man who...

Sinica Podcast

06.04.10

Suicides, Strikes, and Labor Unrest in China

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & others

A spate of suicides leaves ten dead at the Shenzhen campus of Foxconn, the giant electronics manufacturer that makes many of the world’s most popular consumer electronics. A rare strike paralyzes production at Honda Motors, shutting down all of the company’s manufacturing...

Making It Big in China

JONATHAN MIRSKY

Jianying Zha describes China as “way too big a cow for anyone to tackle in full.” Therefore, Ms. Zha says, she omits “the rural life, the small-town stories, the migrants working in huge manufacturing plants…continued poverty in parts of interior rural China, surging...