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Out of touch with China

In response to the report written by Ed Frauenheim, "China closing the tech gap?":

It always amazes me when I see articles that cite a source who "heard" something or other. As you know, when this kind of material shows up in print, many people accept the information as truthful and accurate.

In your article cited above, a Mr. Alan Wong, senior counsel for Nvidia, "heard that China requires companies to use an encryption system to which the government retains a key." The result, he suggested, is that corporate intellectual property may be at risk when data is zapped in and out of the country. "My assumption is anything you put in there, the government can have," Wong said.

Having done technology business in China for over 10 years and spending six months a year there working with technology companies in expanding their market opportunity, I can flatly say this information is totally inaccurate and Mr. Wong should review the facts before opening his mouth.

Once upon a time (October 1999 to be precise), the central government did have this regulation (Decree 273). It was rescinded in March 2000, over five years ago. Mr. Wong is obviously not in touch with what is going on in China.

Perhaps in the future, you might consider refraining from publishing what people "hear," as the information is typically based on rumors, innuendo and speculation rather than fact. The sad part is people actually believe this stuff.

Kevin Amazon
Menlo Park, Calif.