high-tech

Chinese Supercomputer Poised to Take No. 1 Ranking

A new supercomputer based in Changsha is likely to be ranked the world’s fastest later this month, reclaiming a crown briefly held by China’s Tianhe-1A in 2010. The new system has exceeded 30 petaflops (quadrillion...

China Aims for High-Tech Primacy

The New York Times looks at China’s efforts to become a leader in high-tech innovation: China already has almost twice the number of Internet users as in the United States, and Dr. Wu, a computer scientist and director of...

China Consolidates Grip on Rare Earths

The ongoing saga of China’s control over rare earth metals is impacting the cost of a number of high-tech goods that use the minerals in manufacturing, including environmentally-friendly compact fluorescent light bulbs,...

Chasing Rare Earths, Foreign Companies Expand in China

China’s policy on rare earth minerals, used in the manufacturing of numerous high-tech goods including cell phones and hybrid cars, has been under scrutiny over the past year as the country holds a near monopoly on the...

China’s Tianhe-1A Takes Supercomputer Crown from US

China has another achievement to add to its growing list of superlatives: the world’s fastest supercomputer. From Wired Magazine: The supercomputer uses 7,168 NVIDIA Tesla M2050 GPUs (graphics processing units) and 14,336...

China Drawing High-Tech Research From U.S.

The New York Times reports on some of America’s top engineers who are moving to China: Companies — and their engineers — are being drawn here more and more as China develops a high-tech economy that increasingly competes...

China to Bid on US High-speed Rail Projects

China has been exporting the technology for high speed trains to Europe and Latin America and may soon do so in the U.S. From AP: China has built 4,000 miles (6,500 kilometers) of high-speed rail for its own train system and...

China Aims for Its Own Silicon Valley

Guangzhou, the world’s factory, is embarking on a plan to restructure into a center for the high-tech industry and innovation. The Christian Science Monitor reports: Like Japan and the Asian tigers before it, China is...

Chinese Manufacturing Giant Outgrows its Cradle

Plans are afoot to transform Guangdong Province, China’s manufacturing base, into a center for high-tech industries. From AP: It’s not just the global slowdown. In Guangdong’s Pearl River delta, where the...

US Tightens High-tech Export Controls for China – Business Report

From Business Report: The United States late Friday slapped new restrictions on high-technology exports to China and moved to create a pool of so-called “trusted customers” within the Chinese business community who will be rewarded for compliance with US guidelines. The measures, announced by the Commerce Department , came amid growing concern in the administration […]

China’s overtakes Japan on R&D – Geoff Dyer

From Financial Times: China has overtaken Japan to become the second biggest spender on research and development behind the US, a report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development revealed. The country is expected to invest $136bn in research and development this year after growing by more than 20 per cent in the past […]

China Tech Firms Gain Ground – WSJ

From the Wall Street Journal: China’s technology companies are closing the gap with their foreign rivals in productivity, positioning themselves to become a bigger threat to multinationals both in China and abroad, according to a survey by McKinsey & Co. and China’s Tsinghua University. The survey suggests that Chinese tech companies are gaining ground on […]

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