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Biden Slams China Over Lack of Innovation

Air Force Number 1 Overall Graduating Cadet David McCarthy smiles after being congratulated by Vice President Joseph Biden during the commencement ceremony for the class of 2014, Wednesday, May 28, 2014.
Air Force Number 1 Overall Graduating Cadet David McCarthy smiles after being congratulated by Vice President Joseph Biden during the commencement ceremony for the class of 2014, Wednesday, May 28, 2014.
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden used a speech on foreign policy Wednesday to dismiss concerns over China's economic strength.
 
Speaking to a group of Air Force graduates, Biden acknowledged China is "graduating six to eight times as many scientists and engineers as we have."
 
But he continued: "I challenge you, name me one innovative project, one innovative change, one innovative product that has come out of China."
 
Biden referenced the 1990s, when he said many people in the U.S. feared a rising Japan would "eat our lunch, that Japan was the future."
 
He implied China has replaced Japan as the new economic challenger to the U.S., while noting he hopes both China and Japan succeed.
 
China is widely expected later this decade to overtake the U.S. as the world's biggest economy, in terms of gross domestic product.
 
But despite decades of rapid growth, China's economy faces huge challenges, including wide income inequality, corruption, and pollution.

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by: Ziyuan Yao
May 31, 2014 7:21 PM
This Chinese project ( https://sites.google.com/site/phoneticallyintuitiveenglish/ ) is gonna fundamentally change how America's kids learn to read, and it's going to publish children's books with its phonetic marks.

by: USAisRubbish from: UK
May 30, 2014 3:05 PM
The USA is the greatest country that has produced the most amount of pollution in the history. Dr A Einstein is the greatest scientist who developed a theory leading to a bomb that killed the most Japaneses in the history. If other countries have behavored like Chinese, the earth would become much cleaner. Shame on you Baiden. Shame on you USA.

by: Anonymous
May 30, 2014 2:26 PM
Yes, indeed, China is far less innovative than the US now. But I am so optimistic about our country because what makes Chinese differs from the U.S. people is that we are modest while you are arrogant. Our government is improving the environment for innovation and our people are catching up. Let's wait and see.

by: John W. from: Oakton, VA
May 30, 2014 1:29 PM
Veiled racist comment. Whenever you equate China with Japan, it's just so obvious. Need more proof? Let's substitute China with Kenya.

"I challenge you, name me one innovative project, one innovative change, one innovative product that has come out of Kenya"

Biden referenced the 1990s, when he said many people in the U.S. feared a rising Nigeria would "eat our lunch, that Nigeria was the future."

The sad part is bashing the yellow man is always politically correct even for Democrats.

by: Ruby
May 29, 2014 2:28 PM
They don't have time to think about innovation. There are so many things to steal but so little time to do them in.

by: gosho from: hanoi
May 29, 2014 10:29 AM
Biden is right with what he said about China
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by: jonathan huang from: canada
May 29, 2014 2:15 PM
@gosho, did viet invent anything any at all?

by: cao xin yu from: jiang su province china
May 29, 2014 10:23 AM
ofcouse we should look forward to the futue learn from any coutry .

by: cao xin yu from: jiang su province china
May 29, 2014 10:21 AM
i realy think that our chinese people is happier than ever.but . there are sill so many questions infront of us to solve.but.u amaricans should be aware of the fact that chinese is a country with longer history far more than u.
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by: dave from: china
May 30, 2014 1:08 AM
longer history? that is your best argument? really? this is typical chinese thinking, or lack of thinking. just because a country is older, that somehow means superior or morally right? hahahah.
obviously you have been educated in the chinese system because you can't even have a decent debate or make even 1 decent point....hahahaha
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by: jonathan huang from: canada
May 29, 2014 1:55 PM
@sun, hi brother, I notice that in Taiwan's constitution, the whole south china sea within the nine dash line is still territory of republic of China! btw, diaoyu island, whole Mongolia and Tibet are all territories of republic of China! how can you tolerant viet and finos invade your sea territory?
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by: Sun from: Taipei
May 29, 2014 12:18 PM
@Cao, You mean Chinese longer history of being frequently conquered and ruled by other tribes such as Mongolian, Manchurian, Ming, Yuezhi, Qing, and so on? Which one is Chinese history? It is more than funny that you claim disputed islands for the reason that you have a long history.
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by: gosho from: hanoi
May 29, 2014 10:36 AM
You mean your long history of invasion, robbery and all that rubbish?

by: Thang from: china
May 29, 2014 10:16 AM
Joe Biden is not desired to be a Vice President of the US. Put down others is not the way to encourage the students.

by: Donald Fraser Miles from: Elliot Lake, Canada
May 29, 2014 7:15 AM
I am willing to write and sign an economic growth agreement with the US and Britain. I did this with and for China in 1977. It could put the US and Britain in a lead economic position in the world. I am a Canadian.
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