western european nations and north america pulled ahead of asian nations in the 1st millennium in terms of innovation. theres a wonderful book “the great divergence”, which argues that this was partly due to free land and resources in colonized countries (not to culture). india and china did make some important strides and were even the birth place of major inventions (like movable type). but they never had an economic environment that allowed sustainable progress.
whatever the reason, it set europe and the united states on a path to become the home of new technologies. google, facebook, at&t, apple — theyre all in california. so, like it or not, innovation is a western-centric thing.