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The longest bridge, the tallest dam, the fastest supercomputer (at least for a while..) and the rest: the list of China’s technical achievements seems endless and 2011 a year of many superlatives.

All signs are there that China’s transformation into an innovation powerhouse is gaining momentum. For sure, it is still hard to pinpoint a particular breakthrough or name a leading Chinese personality associated to innovation – the search for the Chinese “Steve Jobs” in the Chinese Internet sphere is a case in point. But the data points are getting more and more numerous (e.g., emergence of an IP culture, growth of venture capital) and the government is not showing any slowing down in its plan to work China’s way up to first place.

For skeptical, the surprise will be large. Maybe the largest.