One More Question for Steven Chu: How does Chinese innovation compare to the US?

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Steven Chu, the former U.S. Secretary of Energy from 2009-2013, is known for his research at Bell Labs in cooling and trapping atoms with laser light. That innovation won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997. Here’s what he says about how Chinese innovation compares to innovation in the United States.

“China is becoming a very serious innovator. I think they’ve shown they can built cities and factories very efficiently… They are also are beginning to learn how to innovate. Personally, I think the United States is still (doing better)… because of many reasons. The most clever, most original, and the most innovative ideas still come from U.S.,” Chu said.

“But, partnerships with China are growing for good reasons, and the Chinese are beginning to take discovery and innovation very seriously. They are trying to change the education systems, and the way they teach engineers in graduate school, trying to revise and bring back a lot of American scientists engineers or from Europe who are Chinese but spent some time in the U.S or EU when they are young, so they can train a new generation. The new generation is really creative.” – Steven Chu

One More Question for Steven Chu: How does Chinese innovation compare to the US?

One More Question for Steven Chu: How does Chinese innovation compare to the US?

Steven Chu, the former U.S. Secretary of Energy from 2009-2013, is known for his research at Bell Labs in cooling and trapping of atoms with laser light. That innovation won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997. Here's what he says about how Chinese innovation compares to innovation in the United States?