Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 05/2014

Toward Greater Pragmatism? China's Approach to Innovation and Standardization

Dieter Ernst

August 2011

Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, University of California


China’s innovation policy and its perceived threat to American innovation and competitiveness is a hot topic in U.S.–China economic relations. While fundamental differences in their levels of development and economic institutions lead to quite different approaches to standards and innovation policy by the two countries, author Dieter Ernst points out ways both sides could benefit from increased cooperation.