China's High-speed Rail Entrepreneurialism

Project: Research

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Ever since China announced its "high-speed railway diplomacy," research and commentaries have been skeptical of the intentions and outcomes. Following the perspectives of explaining China's 'going-out' strategy in the 2000s, many studies of China's high-speed rail (HSR) export focus on state-level negotiations and the related political implications of neocolonialism, military expansionism, and authoritarian statism. This research seeks to fill the research gap and researches HSR's economic and technological threats. By systematic collection and interpretation of: I) business data on China's export of HSR related technologies and train parts; and 2) the international applications and grants of China's HSR related patents, this pilot study provides an empirical test on China's economic and technological threats to its HSR competitors, including Japan, Germany, France and Canada. Lastly, a series of follow-up expert interviews in China and two competing countries, Germany and Japan, pave the way for a full-fledged study on China's HSR entrepreneurialism.


Project number7200586
Effective start/end date1/07/18 → …