This coming week we will be exploring two topics that are linked when it comes to relations between the U.S. and China -- Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property. Many U.S. firms are looking to start new operations in China, expand existing ones, work with existing Chinese firms, or compete with them. And while there are some Chinese firms who are looking to expand into the U.S., among Chinese firms, one major trend that we're seeing is to develop within their home market. The Chinese government's push for innovation from its own citizens, or "indigenous innovation," plays a role in this trend. But some U.S. companies claim that this development of Chinese businesses and the indigenous innovation may be coming at the cost of American businesses. They claim that in China, their businesses are hurt because their intellectual property rights are not being protected and that they suffer a disadvantage in the market when the government shows preference to Chinese companies.
Go through the following readings and let us know what your take is. What are you finding most interesting? Do you see any major themes coming out? Can you pick up on any tensions between national development and international exchange? Is the Chinese government engaging in protectionism? Are American businesses applying a double standard?
McGregor, James. “China's Drive for 'Indigenous Innovation' - A Web of Industrial Policies,” (U.S. Chamber of Commerce).
Brookes, Peter. "China's Indigenous Innovation Trade and Investment Policies: How Great a Threat?" (Heritage), March 9, 2011.
Editorial Board. "China and Intellectual Property," (NYT), December 10, 2010.
Fannin, Rebecca. "China Startups Battle the BAT," (Forbes), October 18, 2010.
Lee, Kai-Fu. "Hard Choices: Betting on China's Startups," (Business Week), July 8, 2010.
Dolan, Kerry A. "The China Clean Tech Divide: Threat or Opportunity?" (Forbes), November 30, 2010.