May 17, 2006

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First, China's previously heralded breakthrough in computer chip design turns out to be a fraud, in an earily similar scandal to the Korean cloning one. Then it turns out that 60% of Chinese PhDs admit to plagiarism and bribery (via Asia Business Intelligence). Richard at ABI asks:

For modern-day mainland Chinese, does the goal and one's pursuit of it validate any means of obtaining it, including the purposeful obscuration of the truth?
In short, does the ends justify the means? Given the boom in China's efforts to lure research dollars and a greater share of the outsourcing trend, these findings could be disturbing. But it could also be the start of something. Japan grew wealthy partly by becoming extremely good at copying Western technology and then improving on it, for example by miniaturisation. By imitating this technology, they mastered it and evenetually developed their own innovations. Other countries have done the same.

It now appears China is well qualified in the copying area. The innovation and improvement parts might have a way to go. What's most impressive is this guy was caught and it was published, rather than swept under the carpet and kept quiet.

posted by Simon on 05.17.06 at 11:30 AM in the China category.


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Hey! so what even if Chinese are copy cats. Everyone thinks for their best. Fair or foul means hardly matters if you are benefitting out of it. And you what imitating is also an art.

posted by: Loy on 05.17.06 at 12:53 PM [permalink]

I guess I come from a part of the world were originality matters. But I would like the world to start treating China with some hefty skepticism. Otherwise, weér all in for some bad weather. I would just point out that if other companies treat their resigning employees the way mine has treated me, then I am sure there are a whole tribe of grousing, fed up people in Hong Kong. Why don't bpeople do something about their situations in a positive way? Instead of spnosoring lying, as Loy seems to be doing.

posted by: doug on 05.17.06 at 01:03 PM [permalink]

Someone told me that there are many reports of merchants several centuries ago having their wares copied by the Chinese. Though branding wasn't quite what it is today... it shows the concept of 'Original Work' just isn't an Asian one...

Not to say there aren't Asian people making highly original and innovative contributions to the world at large... they, I feel, are the exception though.

posted by: The Humanaught on 05.17.06 at 01:19 PM [permalink]

China has a long long way to go before it gets it on innovation. Until its schools start encouraging free thought, as opposed to rote memorization, it isn't going to happen. And how do you get teachers who can teach that way when they themselves have been taught another way? I am not an educator but this must take time.

I like your comment about how we do need to be impressed with China outing this guy and not sweeping it under the rug.

I disagree with the Humanaught who seems to be argue that copying is in the genetic code of all Asians.

posted by: China Law Blog on 05.17.06 at 10:01 PM [permalink]

Hey you "Cheaters"! Why cant you use your own brains anytime???????
Must have got habbitual till now???? Atleast you are somewhere on the top.

posted by: Jemica on 05.20.06 at 12:41 PM [permalink]

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