June 8th, 2008

China Surpasses U.S. in Technological Prowess

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China has surpassed the United States in a key measure of high tech competitiveness. The Georgia Institute of Technology’s bi-annual “High-Tech Indicators” finds that China improved its “technological standing” by 9 points over the period of 2005 to 2007, with the United States and Japan suffering declines of 6.8 and 7.1 respectively. In Georgia Tech’s scale of one to 100, China’s technological standing now rests at 82.8, compared to the U.S. at 76.1. The United States peaked at 95.4 in 1999. China has increased from 22.5 in 1996 to 82.8 in 2007. link »

The Georgia Tech “High-Tech Indicator” does not measure how active countries are in research, “but in areas like nanotechnology, China now leads the United States in published articles, but what scares me is China is getting better at marrying that research to their low-cost productive processes,” says Porter. “When you put those together with our buzzword of innovation, China is big, they’re tough and cheap. Again, where is our edge?” link »

– from No ‘Sputnik’ Moment To Reassess U.S. Capabilities: <BR>China Overtakes United States In Georgia Tech’s Global High-Tech Competitiveness Index via sharedcopy.com

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