The Global Technology Revolution, China, In-depth Analyses: Emerging Technology Opportunities for the Tianjin Binhai New Area (TBNA) and the Tianjin Technological Development Area (TEDA)

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Rand Corporation, 2009 - Business & Economics - 213 pages
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In 2007, the Tianjin Binhai New Area (TBNA) and one of its administrative zones, the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA), in northeast China commissioned the RAND Corporation to perform a technology-foresight study to help them develop and implement a strategic vision and plan for economic growth through technological innovation. The principal objectives were to identify the most-promising emerging technology applications for TBNA and TEDA to pursue as part of their plan for growth, to analyze the drivers and barriers they would face in each case, and to recommend action plans for each technology application (TA). Seven TAs should form a pivotal part of TBNA's comprehensive strategic plan: cheap solar energy; advanced mobile communications and radio-frequency identification; rapid bioassays; membranes, filters, and catalysts for water purification; molecular-scale drug design, development, and delivery; electric and hybrid vehicles; and green manufacturing. The specific action plans can be integrated into an overarching strategic plan that rests on three legs: building a state-of-the-art R & D program; updating and expanding TBNA and TEDA's manufacturing base; and positioning TBNA and TEDA for the global marketplace. The plan offers TBNA a wealth of opportunities that will position it for the future development it envisions, and each TA emerges from one or more of TEDA's current pillar industries, making for a fluid transition that builds on existing strengths.
 

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Contents

Chapter One Introduction
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Part One The MostPromising Opportunities for TBNA and TEDA in Scienceand Engineering
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Chapter Two The MostPromising Technology Applications for TBNA and TEDA for 2020
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Chapter Three The Foundation for TBNAs Growth into a LeadingEdge Science and Engineering Center
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Part Two Analysis of the MostPromising Technology Applications for TBNA and TEDA
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Chapter Four Cheap Solar Energy
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Chapter Five Advanced MobileCommunication and RFID Applications
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Chapter Six Rapid Bioassays
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Chapter Nine Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
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Chapter Ten Green Manufacturing
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Part Three Building for TBNAs Future
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Chapter Eleven Toward Making TEDA a StateoftheArt Science and EngineeringCenter
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Appendix A RAND Workshop on TBNA Science and Technology VisionAugust 89 2007
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Appendix B TEDA Meeting Agenda December 5 2007 and List of Participants
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Appendix C Green Chemistry Awards of National Governments
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Appendix D Some Recent Conferences and Academic Research on GreenManufacturing in China
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Chapter Seven Membranes Filters and Catalysts for Water Purification
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Chapter Eight MolecularScale Drug Design Development and Delivery
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Anny Wong (Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa) is a policy analyst at RAND.

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