The Monitor's View Why the US demands China innovate, not steal

A US probe of China’s infringement on American patents comes with an expectation that China has the ingenuity to invent its way to greater prosperity. The biggest barrier: a fear of failure by its researchers.


It’s not every day that one country accuses another of not being innovative enough. Yet on Aug. 14, the United States, the world’s largest economy, threw that charge at China, the world’s second-largest economy. The US complained that China prefers to take the technology and intellectual property of foreign companies rather than rely mainly on its own ingenuity to build a more competitive economy.