China is the partner country for this year’s CeBIT. But although Chinese firms are making a mark in the IT sector, there’s a long way to go before China is an innovation power in other industries.
Journalists view construction of China CNR’s new high-speed train in Tangshan. © Reuters/Kim Kyung Hoon
China was long seen as the country of imitators. Then, 10 years ago, the Chinese government changed its strategy, emphasising independent innovation. Margot Schüller and Yun Schüler-Zhou analyse China’s position as an innovation power relative to other countries and the hurdles it still has to overcome in the GIGA Focus Asien entitled "China: Die neue Innovationssupermacht?" (China: The New Innovation Superpower?).
On 16 April 2015, Nele Noesselt and Margot Schüller will speak about China’s ambitious reform plans and its re-ideologisation regarding the economy and politics at a joint event of the OAV-German Asia-Pacific Business Association and the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. What should we make of these reform plans; to what extent have they been implemented; and what are the challenges of realising a new economic model? What impacts are the "new economic normal" and the political re-ideologisation having on German and Hamburg-based companies engaged in business with China? To registration (lectures will be held in German)
Comparative Area Studies (CAS), the GIGA’s flagship methodological approach, keeps going strong: APSA newsletter devotes symposium to CAS and a new edited volume is under preparation.
Uganda had one of the strictest lockdowns in East Africa, including closing all but essential businesses, dusk-to-dawn curfews, and bans on both private and public transport vehicles. We take a look at how these measures affected people and businesses in the informal economy.
Review of a successful year 2019