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

Book description

Will China Surpass the United States as an innovation nation?

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

The environmental challenges posed by China's vast manufacturing sector are well documented, but what isn't widely realized is that China is actually outstripping the West in all manner of green initiatives, renewable energy investments, research and development funding, and other areas essential to improving the health of the planet. However, omnipresent government intervention, environmental degradation, natural resource exhaustion, and other issues threaten to derail China's rise to superpower status. As the country meets global challenges on a scale that few nations can match, China Fast Forward takes a look at what lies ahead and why China's success is important to us all.

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

  • Presents an on-the-ground survey and analysis of China's renewable and clean energy sector that identifies the kinds of projects and technologies Chinese enterprises and local governments are hungry for

  • Includes a discussion on how successful Chinese companies are developing their brands to go head-to-head with the world's best-known companies

  • Discusses how central government conflicts of interest are actually foiling corporate and official drives to innovation across a range of sectors

Taking a look inside China's march toward becoming a sustainable superpower through innovation, China Fast Forward presents a balance sheet of the country's technological and social progress on its path to becoming a world leader.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Contents
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Introduction
  8. Chapter 1: Innovation Nation
    1. Impure Research
    2. The Patronage Party
    3. Gimme a Big “I”!
    4. What’s a Little Intellectual Property Theft between Friends?
    5. Education
    6. Grafting Innovation
    7. A Cautionary Tale
    8. The Glory that Was Ours
  9. Chapter 2: The Fractured Web
    1. Finger on the Button
    2. Filtering for Profit
    3. Just the Internet, Please; Hold the Coffee
    4. Into the Fray
    5. If you Can’t Beat ’Em
    6. China Scrums
  10. Chapter 3: The Silicon Paddies of China
    1. The Hi-tech Face of China
    2. If you Build it, they Will Outsource
    3. Crouching Dragon, Leaping Elephant
    4. A Tale of Two Outsourcers
    5. On the Hunt for BPO in Deepest China
  11. Chapter 4: Heavy Metal
    1. Ships Ahoy!
    2. Fast Car
    3. A Ticket to Ride
    4. Selling into Developing Countries
  12. Chapter 5: Brand China
    1. A National Image Made in China
    2. When Being a Chinese Company Isn’t Cool
    3. Beyond Cheap
    4. Management Innovation
    5. The Operation Was a Success. . .
    6. What Was the Plan Again?
    7. Red Flags
    8. Branding Beyond Nationality
  13. Chapter 6: Declaration of Energy Independence
    1. Coal in China’s Stocking
    2. Cleaning Up Coal’s Act
    3. Economics Rules
    4. Oily Risers
    5. What a Gas
    6. Breaking the Addiction
  14. Chapter 7: Consider the Alternatives
    1. Wind at My Back
    2. A Little Ray of Sunshine
    3. Damming Neighbors
    4. Nuclear Deterrents
    5. Welcome to Electric Avenue
    6. A Battery of New Energy Technologies
  15. Chapter 8: Errors of Emission
    1. The Dark Side of the Sun
    2. Get the Lead Out
    3. Rare Earths, Common Pollution
    4. When There is No Longer a Backyard
  16. Chapter 9: Dragon on a Diet
    1. Watergy
    2. Turning Water into Oil
    3. Manufacturing Water
    4. Building Sustainable Cities
    5. Building Energy Efficiency
    6. Green Shoots
    7. “Dunno Where it Came From”
  17. Chapter 10: Assembly Required
    1. Can’t We Be Civil?
    2. “For We are Living in a Material World . . .”
    3. Onward Christian Soldiers
    4. A Charitable Streak
    5. The Final Innovation
    6. Hot House Innovation
  18. Afterword
  19. About the Author
  20. Bibliography
  21. Index

Product information

  • Title: China Fast Forward: The Technologies, Green Industries and Innovations Driving the Mainland's Future
  • Author(s):
  • Release date: October 2012
  • Publisher(s): Wiley
  • ISBN: 9781118176320