In a way, China has always been looked down upon by the ‘stronger’ Western powers. It is regarded as more backwards, less developed, untamed, uncivilised, and what have you. Unsurprisingly so, especially if we were to look back into the Chinese history, there are many instances of China being attacked by ‘foreign barbarians’ because then, China was weak. The more recent instance being the ‘Eight Nations Alliance,’ where the armed forces of eight countries joined together to attack China as a whole, during the Boxer Rebellion in the 1900s.
Ever since then, China has risen to be a global power, perhaps not only in trade obviously. Chinese are all over the globe and likewise, the rich Chinese culture and heritage. It is an economic miracle and is the ‘factory’ of the world. Slowly but firmly, this China is advancing; from a nation of low-cost manufacturing to one that relies on innovation and intellectual property. Changes are dramatic.
China was once infamous for its many loopholes in its law and constitutional system. However now, China is transformed to a country that leads the world in patent filings. As a matter of fact, in April 2012, in Shanghai, a small U.S. firm enforced its legal rights (patents and trade marks) against a Chinese infringers in the Chinese court. Rule of law ruled the day, ultimately. Almost 30 years ago, there was essentially no intellectual property law in China. Look at the China now, it is regaining its leadership in innovation and technology. It has to be recalled that Chinese were great inventors. From paper, compass, gunpowder, mechanical clocks to the printing system; they were all Chinese creatures. Naturally then, the current rise of innovation in China is not something novel, but a return to its ancient glory and splendour.
China’s rise is demonstrated by its ballooning share of trade in its Gross Domestic products. Barry Buzan claimed that “China is currently the most fashionable potential superpower and the one whose degree of alienation from the dominant international society makes it the most obvious political challenger.”, Militarily, China has a massive showcase to boast to the world; from its huge numbers of troops to its many weapons capable of mass destruction. It was even claimed that in 10-15 years time, Chinese currency (Yuan) will replace the U.S. dollars as the world’s reserve currency. (A. Subramanian)
No one really knows the future, but for now, it serves as a useful knowledge not to undermine China, and of course, its people.
Jeffery L, ‘The Rise of Innovation in China: Failed Western Stereotypes,’ Rainforest Realities 18 July 2012, http://www.rainforestrealities.com/2012/07/18/the-rise-of-innovation-in-china-failed-western-stereotypes/?utm_source=outbrain&utm_medium=appna2012&utm_content=The-Rise-of-Innovation-in-China-Failed-W&utm_campaign=appg
Buzan, Barry (2004). The United States and the Great Powers. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Polity Press. p 70.
Arvind Subramanian, ‘Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China’s Economic Dominance‘ 2012