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

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

by Bill Dodson


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

Will China Surpass the United States as an innovationnation?

China is tirelessly working to overcome its technologicaldeficiencies by driving R&D initiatives in government andbusiness and adapting Western Internet platforms for domestic use.It is extending its technological reach through a major drive torival India as a services outsourcing leader and projecting itshigh-tech brands into the companies and homes of other countries.But whether China succeeds will depend on how it handles suchissues as demography, energy dependency, and resourcelimitations.

The environmental challenges posed by China's vast manufacturingsector are well documented, but what isn't widely realized is thatChina is actually outstripping the West in all manner of greeninitiatives, renewable energy investments, research and developmentfunding, and other areas essential to improving the health of theplanet. However, omnipresent government intervention, environmentaldegradation, natural resource exhaustion, and other issues threatento derail China’s rise to superpower status. As the countrymeets global challenges on a scale that few nations can match,China Fast Forward takes a look at what lies ahead and whyChina’s success is important to us all.

In this book, Bill Dodson explores China's reincarnation from aclosed, agrarian nation into a modern, high-tech superpower bent onliterally cleaning up its act.

  • Presents an on-the-ground survey and analysis of China'srenewable and clean energy sector that identifies the kinds ofprojects and technologies Chinese enterprises and local governmentsare hungry for
  • Includes a discussion on how successful Chinese companies aredeveloping their brands to go head-to-head with the world’sbest-known companies
  • Discusses how central government conflicts of interest areactually foiling corporate and official drives to innovation acrossa range of sectors

Taking a look inside China's march toward becoming a sustainablesuperpower through innovation, China Fast Forward presents abalance sheet of the country's technological and social progress onits path to becoming a world leader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118176320
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/23/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Bill Dodson has been an industry analyst, advisor, andbusiness manager in China since 2003. He has been quoted onChina-related topics in Newsweek, National Public Radio,Bloomberg, the BBC, The Economist, Shanghai BusinessReview, China Economic Quarterly, and otherinternational media outlets. A graduate of Cornell University, heis a columnist for the China Economic Review on the Chinaenergy sector. He makes his home in the Greater Shanghai area withhis wife and son. Follow daily discussions on China innovation

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 betweenFriends? 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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