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Looking at China through the lens of Western decline, US media see the Chinese ascendancy in technology fields as a result of innovation that is different from the style of Silicon Valley.
Constant progress based on a research-and-refine culture, rather than groundbreaking ideas, may thrust China to the forefront of the next generation of computing.
In 1978, US visitors saw Chinese workers stringing together computer memories with sewing needles. But in 2010, the Tianhe-1A, a Chinese supercomputer based on American processors, briefly became the world's fastest.
What probably scares Americans the most is that China has begun producing waves of hardware engineers and software programmers, winning international competitions.
A NYT reporter described, in a Hollywood style, a scene in a Chinese research center. "In an otherwise nondescript conference room, a researcher stands before a giant wall of frosted glass. He toggles a switch and the glass becomes transparent, looking down on an imposing network operations center full of large computer displays. They show maps of China and the world."