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,...

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...

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 […]

Gadgets’ new label: Made for China – Reuters

From Reuters, via CNet News: Gone are the days when global electronics giants could dump last year’s wares on China, counting on a nation of gadget hillbillies to buy the world’s leftovers. The world’s most populous nation has evolved into a leading electronics market, with newly wealthy consumers snapping up everything from the latest mobile […]

Inside Apple’s iPod factories – Macworld (Updated)

From Macworld.co.uk: Apple’s iPods are made by mainly female workers who earn as little as ¬£27 per month, according to a report in the Mail on Sunday yesterday. The report, ‘iPod City’, isn’t available online. It offers photographs taken from inside the factories that make Apple music players, situated in China and owned by Foxconn. […]

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