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Fake It Till You Make It

The Good News About China’s Knockoff Economy

Authors: Kal Raustiala, and Christopher Sprigman
July/August 2013
Foreign Affairs


No one knows for sure why some societies are more innovative than others. The United States is a highly inventive society, the source of a host of technologies -- the airplane, the atomic bomb, the Internet -- that have transformed the world. Modern China, by contrast, is frequently criticized for its widespread copying of foreign inventions and creative works.

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