China is seeking to improve educational quality and increase access across the country. A well-educated Chinese workforce can bolster China’s technological and scientific development and thus strengthen the country’s position in an increasingly innovation-based global economy.
Innovation enables countries to generate wealth through the development of new products and modes of production and thus is a crucial component of national power. Examining the sources of innovation can lend insight into its position as an emerging leader in new technologies.
Chinese innovation can in part be gauged by examining its intellectual property protection measures. The processes behind Chinese patents and product development can provide key insights into how China’s domestic innovation contributes to its growing influence.