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@Freedom: the Chinese entered the global economy quite recently, after a long absence. They needed to catch up quickly, and set out to do just that. That’s involved a lot of theft of intellectual property; frankly, they’re quite open about that. It’s not a uniquely Chinese action, though: other developing nations have done exactly the same thing. During the 19th century, another new entrant to the global economy was also infamous for its theft of other people’s inventions.

You shouldn’t confuse a deliberate policy of catching up as quickly as possible (by whatever means) with an inability to innovate. The Chinese are a thoughtful, inventive, and deeply civilised people. Don’t underestimate them!