Shanghai's Emergence into the Global Creative Economy
China has been experiencing rapid industrialisation ever since the beginning of the twenty-first century. At the same time, China also faces challenges of the new knowledge economy. Within this context, China is experiencing the development of creative industries, a context that differs from the process in developed countries such as in Western Europe or Japan where the notion of creative industry emerged during the post-industrialisation era. Instead, Chinese economy has maintained a growth rate of up to 7% for more than 20 years since the early 1980s (Table 1).
The need for high value-added industry is growing as a marked result of economic growth. From the late 1990s to the early twenty-first century, China's cultural creative industries1 have been developing. During this period, China is expected to change considerably into an energy-saving, ecologically-friendly, land-saving and highly efficient economy, relying mainly on scientific and technological progress. The central government, provincial and city administrations are paying more and more attention to the creative industries. This chapter documents Shanghai's creative industries in the terms framed by the city government, and describes the tracking and documentation, policies and regulations in this rapidly developing city.
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