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Semiconductor Catch-Up Is Not Enough: Twigging the Context of China's Ambitions

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 September 2022

Martin Kenney
University of California, USA
Arie Y. Lewin*
Duke University, USA
Corresponding author: Arie Y. Lewin (


The extensive narrative of growth and development of the information and communication technologies (ICTs) in China by Jiang and Murmann (2022) and the discussion of Chinese strengths and weaknesses portray the remarkable progress that China has made, especially in technology relative to advances in the basic sciences. In our response, we situate their contribution in the larger context of Chinese economic growth and the challenges it faces in transforming these accomplishments into an embedded national capability to become a leading innovation economy and thereby deliver prosperity to its enormous but aging population. The contexts for the successes and weaknesses in ICT that Jiang and Murmann (2022) describe so admirably are vital for a more comprehensive understanding of their place in the overall development of China.

Dialogue, Debate, and Discussion
Copyright © The Author(s), 2022. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of The International Association for Chinese Management Research

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