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China Fast Forward: The Technologies, Green Industries and Innovations Driving the Mainland's Future [NOOK Book]

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Everyone knows that China is on the fast track to becoming a truly international superpower, but can it maintain its success? Endless horror stories—from tainted pet food to railroad disasters—severely undermine the nation's aspirations and, as a result, China now finds itself at a critical juncture: it can adopt a more sustainable approach that will allow it to continue as a dynamic powerhouse, or it can fall far short of its incredible potential.

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China Fast Forward: The Technologies, Green Industries and Innovations Driving the Mainland's Future

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Overview

Everyone knows that China is on the fast track to becoming a truly international superpower, but can it maintain its success? Endless horror stories—from tainted pet food to railroad disasters—severely undermine the nation's aspirations and, as a result, China now finds itself at a critical juncture: it can adopt a more sustainable approach that will allow it to continue as a dynamic powerhouse, or it can fall far short of its incredible potential.

In China Fast Forward: The Technologies, Green Industries and Innovations Driving the Mainland's Future, China business expert Bill Dodson takes an in-depth look at the sustainability challenges facing the country as it works to become a global economic leader. Exploring the Chinese approach to innovation—which relies heavily on reverse-engineering foreign technologies, rather than encouraging domestic creativity—and the ways in which heavy industry and new brands are being leveraged to build international standing, the book incorporates personal anecdotes and interviews to bring modern China vividly to life.

If the country is to continue to develop, it needs to improve its ability to generate cleaner, more efficient energy to power its booming industries. China is already moving away from fossil fuels and towards sustainable resources that will allow for true energy independence, and this book shows how, by embracing alternative sources and beginning to address pollution concerns, the country is coming to grips with the value of green power.

China's path towards superpower status is littered with obstacles. Government intervention is a constant threat to real progress, but the country is meeting global challenges on a scale that few nations can match. As China ponders how to respond to the impediments to its potentially golden future, China Fast Forward takes a look at what lies ahead, and why China's successes and failures hold important lessons for us all.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118176351
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/25/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 372 KB

Meet the Author

Bill Dodson has been an industry analyst, advisor, and business manager in China since 2003. He has been quoted on China-related topics in Newsweek, National Public Radio, Bloomberg, the BBC, The Economist, Shanghai Business Review, China Economic Quarterly, and other international media outlets. A graduate of Cornell University, he is a columnist for the China Economic Review on the China energy sector. He makes his home in the Greater Shanghai area with his wife and son. Follow daily discussions on China innovation at thisischinablog.com

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xv

Chapter 1 Innovation Nation 1

Impure Research 4

The Patronage Party 5

Gimme a Big “I”! 7

What’s a Little Intellectual Property Theft between Friends? 10

Education 11

Grafting Innovation 13

A Cautionary Tale 16

The Glory That Was Ours 18

Chapter 2 The Fractured Web 21

Finger on the Button 24

Filtering for Profit 25

Just the Internet, Please; Hold the Coffee 27

Into the Fray 29

If You Can’t Beat ’Em 33

China Scrums 34

Chapter 3 The Silicon Paddies of China 39

The Hi-tech Face of China 42

If You Build It, They Will Outsource 44

Crouching Dragon, Leaping Elephant 47

A Tale of Two Outsourcers 51

On the Hunt for BPO in Deepest China 55

Chapter 4 Heavy Metal 59

Ships Ahoy! 61

Fast Car 65

A Ticket to Ride 69

Selling into Developing Countries 73

Chapter 5 Brand China 77

A National Image Made in China 79

When Being a Chinese Company Isn’t Cool 81

Beyond Cheap 83

Management Innovation 85

The Operation Was a Success. . . 87

What Was the Plan Again? 90

Red Flags 93

Branding Beyond Nationality 94

Chapter 6 Declaration of Energy Independence 97

Coal in China’s Stocking 101

Cleaning Up Coal’s Act 104

Economics Rules 106

Oily Risers 108

What a Gas 109

Breaking the Addiction 111

Chapter 7 Consider the Alternatives 115

Wind at My Back 116

A Little Ray of Sunshine 119

Damming Neighbors 124

Nuclear Deterrents 127

Welcome to Electric Avenue 131

A Battery of New Energy Technologies 134

Chapter 8 Errors of Emission 137

The Dark Side of the Sun 138

Get the Lead Out 141

Rare Earths, Common Pollution 145

When There Is No Longer a Backyard 149

Chapter 9 Dragon on a Diet 153

Watergy 155

Turning Water into Oil 156

Manufacturing Water 158

Building Sustainable Cities 159

Building Energy Effi ciency 161

Green Shoots 165

“Dunno Where It Came From” 167

Chapter 10 Assembly Required 171

Can’t We Be Civil? 173

“For We are Living in a Material World . . .” 177

Onward Christian Soldiers 178

A Charitable Streak 180

The Final Innovation 184

Hot House Innovation 186

Afterword The Curse of Steve Jobs 189

Indigenous, not Ingenious 191

The Scramble for Energy 196

Free Exchange 198

Oops! 199

A New Dialog of Discovery 201

Notes 205

About the Author 219

Bibliography 221

Index 223

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