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'Divide between U.S. tech firms, China--a great wall?' : CNET report

by IanC_OZ / March 18, 2004 9:04 PM PST

If you read the whole article, I think you'll conclude, as I did, it was either written by committee, or parts were typed before the piss-up, whilst still boozed, with a hangover next morning, then after the vitamin B supplements kicked in.

Anyway, the article changes direction faster than a hurricane near the coast.

Essentially, China is now doing to its trading partners what Australia, USA, Britain, other European countries etc have been doing to protect and enhance their own economies for centuries.

Interesting reading.


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(NT) Did you intend to include a link?


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That article gave brevity a whole new meaning. [nt]


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Holding my sides. ;-) -NT
by Rosalie / March 19, 2004 6:51 AM PST


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It may help the US in this area.
by James Denison / March 31, 2004 12:36 AM PST
In reply to: OH bugger - the link:

The largest market for electronics in the world is the US, so a proprietary standard enforced in China will force their companies to meet both standards if they want to export to the US, but those US companies who only sell to the local US market will benefit. US companies doing business in the US will only need to meet US standards, but Chinese companies wishing to export will be forced to meet both standards, raising thier overall cost of business. Of course this is Chinese protectionism, but it may harm them more.

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Hmmm... I understand your thesis, but question your conclusions.
by IanC_OZ / March 31, 2004 4:37 PM PST

About 1 person in 5 in the world lives in mainland China.

A tiuny but less lives in India.

The rest of us, including USA, are also rans.

My reading of the technokogy press is that, even though the protectionist policies of China grate on vendors' teeth, the entire technology world is turning handsprings to get an edge into the brand new humungous market.

BTW, the largest market for electronics is the European Union. I realise the USA press tries to pretend the European economy is smaller than yours, but, sorry, not so!



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It probably is. Maybe you don't follow telecommunications and technology?

China is trying to impose technical standards and drain technological information from foreign firms. It saves money by avoiding royalties, and gaining free technology it can use to compete in the world market. It's not new behaviour. They paid off Bill Clinton to get access to missile technology. A concern might be what a President Kerry would give them.

Intel has announced that they will not make devices for the Chinese Wi-Fi standard. That was BIG news.

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That's not what Intel said. They couldn't do a quality job IN TIME:

The company is continuing to work with local PC manufacturers and the government on the issue, but it does not have enough information about WAPI at present to understand when or whether it will be able to ship chips that conform to the standard.

"There are real concerns about whether we can deliver a product with the quality our customers will require," Mulloy said. "We made a commitment to tell our customers in March, and we concluded that from a technical perspective, we weren't going to hit the June 1 deadline."


Oh, and BTW, the link is from my daily technology newsfeed from CNET. I may take breaks from Speakeasy, but never from technology and telecommunications news.
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