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October 19, 2003

China's Technological Ambitions Take Flight

James Flanigan, from LA Times talks about the less emphasized aspects of Chinese economy. Government promoted methodology which carefully works to build high end R&D capability. Which will eventually allow them to leapfrog much of the world. Light weight version of this leapfrog strategy is what we need to standardize as a discipline, which every student/individual should adopt to their own advantage. Whats your leapfrog strategy ?

"China is going to be a technological powerhouse," says Paul Saffo,
director of the Institute for the Future in Menlo Park, Calif. "They are
being very strategic — making sure that they gain technological
knowledge as part of their manufacturing activities."

China's technological drive may come as a surprise to those accustomed
to viewing it as simply a low-wage workshop, exporting shoes and
T-shirts and all sorts of paraphernalia and roiling other economies in
the process. But manufacturing is only one stage in China's economic
development. In fact, what's most significant about China today is not
the growth of its assembly lines but that of its graduating classes."

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