People's Republic of China's Technological Capability

Sigurdson, Jon
Dec 2004
This paper discusses the importance of the People's Republic of China in the global economy by exemplifying industrial sectors where it has established a strong competitive advantage. The author accounts for China's growth by looking at factors such as direct foreign investment and investment in research and development. This paper discusses several economic sectors including the textile, electronics, semiconductor, and aircraft industries as cases where China has upgraded its technological profile. The role of the university system is also discussed as a resource for China's future as a knowledge-based economy. This paper was presented at the Latin America/Caribbean and Asia/Pacific Economics and Business Association (LAEBA)'s 4th Annual Conference held in Beijing, China on December 3rd-4th, 2004.