2016-08-29 13:56:01  + video 

“China’s Lab,” a new video miniseries produced by Sixth Tone’s sister publication The Paper takes a closer look at the people, companies, and research institutions in China that are driving forward progress in the fields of science and tech.

The first episode of the four-part documentary turns its attention to innovation, the core of scientific progress, yet a concept that has for decades been absent from observers’ perceptions of Chinese industry. For decades, innovation has often given way to imitation — a cheaper and lower-risk alternative.

While the copycat approach may still be pervasive in areas such as consumer goods, the science and technology fields are seeing more and more players — from hardware giant Huawei to internet goliath Alibaba — leading the charge into new territory and achieving varying degrees of success.

China’s Lab 1: Ripples of Innovation