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AeA report: China pursues 'indigenous innovation'

Posted: 03 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:China research efforts? China indigenous innovation? China R&D plan?

China is launching a 15-year plan akin to the U.S. post-Sputnik research initiative to achieve "indigenous innovation," a U.S. group concludes in a report on global competitiveness.

In a report released this week (May 1), AeA said the goal of the Chinese research effort is to boost science, technology and innovation as a way to become the preeminent global economic and technology power.

"Here we are, months away from the 50th anniversary of Sputnik and the Chinese are cribbing from our playbook," William Archey, AeA president and CEO, said in a statement. "They see how successful it was in making the United States the preeminent scientific, technological, and economic power on the planet."

According to the report, China's spending on university research centers reached $10.4 billion in 2003. It is also graduating record numbers of engineers, but researchers note that many graduates can't find work and are unqualified to work for leading-edge technology companies, much less contribute to China's R&D push.

Nevertheless, AeA concludes that China will seek to use the R&D push to end its dependence on foreign technology to foster "indigenous innovation." Nanotechnology and biotechnology are expected to be key focus areas, the industry group said.

- George Leopold
EE Times

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