Are recent crackdowns on VPNs and Academic Freedom Bad for China’s Ability to Innovate?

I am co-editing with Arie Lewin and Martin Kenney a Cambridge University Press book on the future of Chinese innovative capability. The opening of China in since 1978 has created stunning economic achievements. My hope was that China would prove that you do not necessarily need liberal democracy to continue its economic development and reach GDP per capita figures that are closer to the most advanced countries in the world.

But I am getting more nervous about the future of China after reading this series of articles.

  1. China Tells Schools to Suppress Western Ideas, With One Big Exception
  2. Ideology Matters: Parsing Recent Changes in China’s Intellectual Landscape
  3. China Further Tightens Grip on the Internet
  4. New Rules in China Upset Western Tech Companies