From Asia Times Online:
December 2004 will be remembered as a time when a faceless Chinese company, Lenovo, suddenly took the global stage. The bluest of blue-chip multinationals, IBM, got out of its personal computer business by selling out to Lenovo, making the faceless company the third-biggest global PC player. So are there other Chinese brands that could take the world by storm? A rising economy must create multinationals. The UK and US have done it. Japan and South Korea have followed. Now it’s China’s turn.