For your erudition:
I'm not trying to get involved in stirring up a hornet's nest Nor am I trying to offend anyone who may be Chinese or be of Chinese heritage around here. I work with Chinese people in my field, and they are great, genuine, hard working folk. Strictly from an observation standpoint, I think the original poster's intent was to say that right now the Chinese seem to be extremely heavy on the consumption side of things rather than on the contributing side of things. In all honesty, almost the entire list of inventions from that Wikipedia list date back to the late middle ages or earlier. The list of modern inventions is only a handful and they are mostly science lab stuff that may mean something to you if you work in the appropriate field or have had a specific reason for it to apply to you. Obviously Chinese culture is quite ancient and has contributed to the world's knowledge in unimaginable ways, but in our lifetimes (no matter how old you are), we have really only seen a black hole effect going on.