Professor Michael Keane and China's Digitalisation
By Michael Zhou from Perth USAsia Centre | 27 Jul 2017
Professor Michael Keane, Professor of Chinese Media and Cultural Studies at Curtin University and Program Leader of the Digital China Lab, joined the Perth USAsia Centre at The University of Western Australia to discuss the digitalisation of China, national soft power and the future of Chinese entrepreneurialism.
- China has become an emerging player in entrepreneurship and business innovation in the past decade. China’s entrepreneurialism has undertaken rapid growth since China joined the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2001, with a focus on digital technologies in recent years complementing infrastructural development (such as the “Belt and Road” initiative)
- China's soft power is also exercised through its business innovation and digital technologies. China’s uptake and export of digital technologies, in conjunction with cultural industries, is likely to be an important part of China’s soft power strategy in the coming years
- The Chinese government has made innovation a part of the 'Chinese dream'. “Mass innovation” is a key part of the Chinese government’s policy towards the achievement of the “Chinese Dream” and encompasses a range of measures to stimulate innovation in the Chinese economy, such as education reform and government led initiatives such as start-up accelerator. However, the future outcome of China’s entrepreneurial momentum is still uncertain in terms of effects on liberalisation and in relationships between China and other nations
Michael Zhou is an intern at the Perth USAsia Centre
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