The Consul General of the United States in Shanghai, Hanscom Smith, has emphasized the importance of openness and legal transparency in developing local innovation during his keynote at TechCrunch Shanghai. He made the comments in response to questions about the legal ecosystem for tech in China.

He also noted that the strong IP protection laws were paramount to supporting innovation, as well as legal predictability, saying that such laws are vital for creating innovation hubs.

“The US is a leader in IP law, and if you have a strong IP foundation… then you’re gong to help the infrastructure that supports innovation,” said Smith. “Openness to foreign investment, transparency, predictability and rule of law are important foundations.”

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com