Assuming that the cutting-edge technology is an overall assumption of existing advanced technologies, I somehow agree that cutting-edge technology less benefits to developing countries than developed countries. Maybe the reason is that developing countries do not have a mature economical environment to afford a high-technique required maintenance; or that a developing social environment restricts the high performance of the products. After hearing all kinds of “no”, I raise up this question, as known these negatives, why does China keep importing or putting more money in cutting-edge technology?
When I was spending my first 18 years in China, I realized that technology development is always a big issue, since the government wants a better “looking” urbanized city. This high-speed urbanization is required a mass of production, and also being as cheap as possible. Of course, every coin has two sides. “Fake” is all over the country; people are getting used to those “fake” products, but cheap. This is such a fact that no one can ignore. Therefore, then, how does this relate to cutting-edge technology development in China?
As said, a high-speed urbanization requires more production; under such economy, people may pursue cheaper things. Yet, because of the profits earned by this mass of production, as people are making money, more and more of them have taken high-level education and been influenced by globalization; they are forming a more sustainable and greener lifestyle just like developed countries. This transformation is so rapidly growing in China that the demand of cutting-edge technology goes up quickly. For example, some of the major cities in Jiangsu Province, the city planning administration started this rainwater-harvesting project last year. The most interesting thing is that all the water pipes are exposed on the wall surfaces. It is because people in China need to know what is happening to their life.
Cutting-edge may not just be water pipes or rainwater-harvesting, however, this project or this technology just happened. People in developing countries, like in China, they are short of this “sense” of cutting-edge technology; so it is necessary for them to see what cutting-edge technology can do to their life and what change is needed for such a transformation. This very first step of accepting is far more important and beneficial than keeping thinking “no”.