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Durham University

Durham Law School

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Publication details for Dr Ge Chen

Chen, Ge & 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): 425-443.

Author(s) from Durham


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.


Special Issue: Global Trading System and Protectionism: China, the US and Europe.