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The global faces of China's incomplete reforms : a perspective from China's new intellectual property regime.

Chen, Ge and Zenglein, Max (2019) 'The global faces of China's incomplete reforms : a perspective from China's new intellectual property regime.', Journal of Chinese economic and business studies., 17 (4). pp. 425-443.


The paper probes into an antithetical aspect of China’s economic reforms in the global context by focusing on the recent developments of China’s intellectual property regime. By analyzing this cutting-edge legal system, it highlights China’s political divergence against its economic convergence in its decade-long reforms, in particular, its state-oriented innovation system as against the world’s neo-liberal economic order. The last decade witnessed China’s preeminent transformation from a passive follower to a proactive advocator of IP standards. However, certain entrenched limits characterizing China’s state-oriented economy and cultural systems such as information blockade and coercive technology transfer serve as catalysts that are apt to provoke acrimonious confrontation between China and major economies. In this sense, China’s incomplete reforms have taken on a new form: as China’s influence on the global economy grows, conflicts of diverse national priorities become more palpable than simple-minded economic cooperation.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Special Issue: Global Trading System and Protectionism: China, the US and Europe.
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Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Chinese economic and business studies on 13 January 2020 available online:
Date accepted:04 January 2020
Date deposited:10 December 2019
Date of first online publication:13 January 2020
Date first made open access:04 July 2021

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