Did Nokia slip a press release into China's state newswire?

Just read the first few sentences of this article from Xinhua, and tell me it doesn't sound like a press release.

Just read the first few sentences of this article from Xinhua, and tell me it doesn't sound like a press release.

Nokia China's new headquarters were completed on the 21st in Yizhuang, Beijing, marking the birth of the world's first mobile phone industry chain fully integrating research and development, management and production, as well as sales, according to Xinhua Net.

Located in Beijing's Yizhuang Economic and Technological Development Zone, Nokia's new headquarters building covers 7 million square meters, and is Nokia's largest regional headquarters in the world. Apart from being the headquarters for the management of China's entire market, this environment- friendly building, wrapped in a green glass curtain wall, will also harbor the research and development of its global market business.

The article later references an interview with a Nokia source, but aside from Xinhua-style odd English this could have been released by Nokia PR. Then again, much better for PR was The New York Times Magazine's admiring profile of Nokia's corporate anthropologist.

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    Formerly a journalist and consultant in Beijing, Graham Webster is a graduate student studying East Asia at Harvard University. At Sinobyte, he follows the effects of technology on Chinese politics, the environment, and global affairs. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network, and is not an employee of CNET. Disclosure.

     

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