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This paper assesses the information and communications technology (ICT) factors governing China’s economic expansion and its ability to sustain this expansion in the context of competing nations with similar infrastructures. This assessment utilizes a variety of selected metrics that capture the status of ICT capability in China. It provides a glimpse into the country’s ability to become a significant force in the global knowledge economy by highlighting the nation’s overall competitiveness rankings, juxtaposed to the standings of other nations. The timeliness of this work is noteworthy, since the success of China’s transition towards economic and societal advancement is underpinned, to a large extent, by its total ICT investment. If a positive outcome is achieved, Chinese manufacturers will be able to adroitly weave themselves into the global supply chain by leveraging the country’s burgeoning ICT infrastructure.