For more than a thousand years, China led the world in innovation. And then, about 500 years ago, it lost its creative edge to the West. As China’s Communist Party prepares to celebrate 60 years in power, China hopes to regain its advantage. This audio segment from PRI's The World Science Podcast explores the roots of China's creative past, and the geographical, political, and economic factors that might have contributed to its apparent demise.
The World Science Podcast is a weekly production of The World.